“ Brand: Charles Worthington / Cremes / Type: Hair Serum „
I used to use hair serum quite often as I have highlighted wavy hair which tends to be dry all year round. I was not particularly loyal to any brand but would usually opt for the big brand names. Unfortunately the serums started to become very expensive and I could not extend my budget to purchase them. I then started looking for anything that was not ridiculously expensive but that was still high quality. I was pleased to find this Charles Worthington Ultimate Serum in my local bargain store for only 2.99 (although it's RRP is £5.19) which I think is quite reasonable. I am familiar with the brand name and have used some of their products before but had not used the serum before buying this one.
Charles Worthington is an expert hair stylist who has been working at the top of his career for many years. He has lots of celebrity clients and accolades including British Hairdresser of the Year. His range of products was created around his knowledge and expertise of hair and how it responds to styling products. My experience with Charles Worthington products has been good and I have been impressed by his shampoo and conditioner products.
The product comes boxed and inside is a small 30ml tube. This has a pump button dispenser on top which is covered with a plastic lid. To use the dispenser is simple - just angle the bottle and press softly on the ridged button. The whole dispensing tube actually unscrews from the bottle which is handy for when you reach the very end of the bottle and want to pour out the last dregs of the serum!
The brand state, as printed on the bottle, that this serum "smoothes, shines and silkens" hair and it promises a frizz free finish. You can use the serum on damp or dry hair but it is advised to use it on damp. To do this you have to towel dry your hair after washing and then it is advised to use two or three drops of serum. I find this to be an underestimation of how much you need, especially on longer hair. On dry hair it is advised to "use sparingly" to control frizzy ends but I've found you need just the same amount of serum as you do when your hair's damp.
I've used lots of different serums and the ones that work best always have a consistency that is not too thick or too thin. This one fits that description. It's oily and gooey but it's easy to work through the hair. The serum doesn't seem to have much of a fragrance which is disappointing.
The serum is effective at being able to instantly smooth down fly away strands on dry hair. This is a life saver for hair like mine! On dry hair it makes the hair look glossy and more healthy. It also allows you to have a bit of flexibility in the hair shaft and therefore more definition and shape in the style. The serum gives you hair a quick fix and makes it look beautifully styled and fresh again.
On damp hair the serum helps to condition the hair and protect it after the washing stage. I feel like I'm returning oils to the hair that perhaps have been stripped away with washing. After using the serum on damp hair and then drying my hair I notice that the serum helps to leave hair healthier looking and to make it feel stronger and sleeker.
I'm very pleased with the performance of this product although my only gripe would be that I'd like it to have some perfume in it. However it works so well to calm and transform hair. It's one of the better serums available at the moment and I'm glad I bought it and will certainly aim to buy it again in the future. I would recommend this to anyone with very dry hair.
This review also appears on Ciao!
Charles Worthington No Frizz Ultimate Serum
Description: Brand: Charles Worthington / Type: Serums / Cremes / For a glossy, frizz-free hair style.
I should probably begin by explaining that I have blonde highlighted hair which I visit my salon around every 10 to 12 weeks to have redone. I also straighten my hair (I use GHDs and straightening heat protection spray too) every day so have to take extra care to ensure that it doesn't become dry or damaged. My hair tends to curl and look frizzy when left to dry naturally so unfortunately, my straighteners are an everyday essential.
I have never been lucky enough to be one of those women with gorgeously manageable hair and so often try new products which promise to help me keep it in condition and leave it smooth and silky. After straightening, I always use serum to help keep it looking glossy and frizz free all day. I have tried heaps of different ones (my favourite ones are by John Frieda and Toni and Guy) and recently picked up a bottle of this brand in my local Superdrug.
A 30 ml bottle cost me £4.25 which is a similar price to some of the other brands, perhaps even a little cheaper.
The pump action bottle allows you to dispense the right amount easily and without mess. It can be applied to both wet or dry hair but I only really use it on dry because I use a heat protection spray before drying. A little goes quite a long way so be careful not to use too much as it can leave your hair looking greasy. To apply simply rub between your hands and then apply evenly to hair. This can be done before or after blow drying depending on your preference.
The product has a really nice sweet smell but unfortunately, this doesn't last very long when applied to hair. It does initially smooth hair well, leaving it frizz free but I found that the effects didn't last very long and halfway through the morning, I had to reapply it. I don't have to reapply my favourite serums at all during the day so this product lost marks for that.
I tried this product over a few days and was quite disappointed by it in general. The fragrance didn't last long enough, the serum didn't leave me with frizz free hair all day long and worse still, having to reapply it through the day meant that it looked a little greasy by the evening - not the desired effect at all!
This product may be a little cheaper than some of the competitors but in my opinion, there are much better serums out there which offer excellent results, lasting much longer than this one, I recommend spending your money elsewhere.
Now where do I stand on hair serums. Well usually I am not drawn to them, as I have some bad experiences with them, I cite the John Frieda one which did little except make the hair go lank and feel greasy! I don't have curly hair, I have bits which kink after blowdrying. Exposure to the elements like wind and rain plays havoc with my hair. A slight gust and it is ruined for the rest of the day. Thus, a lot of my budget goes on experimenting with hair products. Mainly I like trying new shampoos, but I also dip into finishing products.
Charles Worthington is a trusted brand, his shampoos have impressed me in the past, though some of the range can be pricey, which is why I do not often buy them. This serum aims to de frizz the hair, leaving hair manageable and glossy, it should also help prep the hair for straightening.
The best way to use this is to apply to damp hair after your bath. I towel dried off excess moisture then squeezed a small blob into the hands. It is wise not overdo it or you can over saturate the hair. Work through the ends, do not put it too close to the roots or it can weigh the hair shaft down. It applies with ease, a gel like texture, not too watery and not too viscous either.
I finished with a blowdry, noticing that the hair was already becoming tamed as it was drying. Afterwards, the fringe did seem less snaggy and there was a little more in the way of gloss. The hair did not feel as greasy as when I had used the Frieda serum, though I am not sure it is a product I would return to regularly. While it does not make the hair overly lank, you can still achieve de-frizzed hair with a straightening cream, rendering this product not very useful. It could cost up to a fiver, not bad, but not essential.
There is only one other review on dooyoo for this serum and it isn't a good one - which is why my review is going to sound very weird indeed as I have found this to be the best serum! My hair is between straight and wavy but I always get breakage and therefore flyaway hair and a bit of frizz. It's not majorly frizzy but it needs a bit of something to take it down a notch sometimes! I buy the 30ml bottle as pictured from Boots usually for just under a fiver unless it's on special offer. It's made by Charles Worthington so you shouldn't expect this to be cheap - and usually with beauty products you get what you pay for anyway.
30ml doesn't sound like a lot but a little bit of serum goes a long, long way! You need hardly any at all so this bottle should last you a good few months. The bottle has a pull off lid and the serum is pumped out of the top of the bottle. One pump should really give you all you need to be honest - and if you need more, do it bit by bit - pumping 3 pumpfulls into your hand and putting it straight on your hair will just make it greasy!
Talking of greasy, most serums I have tried do just that - grease up my hair. Yes they stop flyaway hair but who wants a greasy head?! This is one of the only serums I have found that doesn't make my hair greasy. My hair is coloured as well and have found no problems related to that either. I am VERY obsessed with straight hair - I am joined to my GHDs at the hip pretty much and very much have OCD about my hair - if one bit is out of place I will re straighten it (really). So I would consider myself a big critic of hair products - it has to work brilliantly for me to like it. And this serum really is good.
With this serum you can either use it on wet hair or on dry hair. Personally I usually only use it on wet hair - as soon as I've washed it I comb it through, get rid of excess water and run one pump of the serum through my hands (as if I was washing my hands) so it is spready evenly through my hands and then I run my fingers through my hair evenly. I would say one pump is enough for one side of your hair if you have thick hair - so then do the same for the other side. Then dry it afterwards and straighten id necessary. For me, I have smooth shiny hair that is NOT greasy whatsoever and with no flyaway hair or frizz which is great. On occasion I will use a small amount (quarter of a pump perhaps) for the ends of my dry hair if it's playing up and then hairspray that into place. But usually using this on wet hair lasts through until you wash it again.
The serum is pretty much the same as most serums in consistency - thick but good enough to mix up and run through your hair evenly. It claims to hold your hair down in humidity - I can vouch for that having recently been to Vegas in 110 degree heat and extreme humidity! My hair was fine (although sweaty!). There isn't too much of a smell to the serum either really to be honest - which is good really because it means it's got less things added to it. I like to try and only use one or two products on my hair because otherwise I find they all build up and after one day you look like you need to wash your hair again - not good when it takes you nearly 2 hours to sort it in the first place!
All in all this is a great serum - use it correctly and you won't have any problems. And just remember, its serum so essentially an oil so use it sparingly - you don't need masses of it! And using it on wet hair gives you the best results.
After reading serum reviews on dooyoo, I decided to give my hair some control and shine and buy my own. I chose Charles Worthington as it was on offer at Sainsburys - at 33% off, I bought it for the bargain price of £2.56.
~~Design and Packaging~~
The bottle was small at 30ml, but I felt this was a prefect size to try out a new product. The packaging belied the cheap price, and looked quite classy, with a purple and silver colour scheme and a fold out gate which reveals the bottle.
The bottle itself is clear with a matching purple pump. I found the pump to work well, giving out dollops the size of a 5p piece.
~~ Using the product~~
The instructions told me to wash my hair and, without drying it at all, dispense 2 to 3 pumps and smooth through my hair, and then comb. It also told me that I could use it sparingly on dry hair. Unfortunately I tried the second option first and mistakenly smoothed through 2 to 3 pumps onto my dry hair. The result was horrible! My hair became moulded and greasy looking, with comb marks staying put and making it look like a rather unnatural wig.
On my second try I followed the wet hair instructions to the letter. This time I noticed no difference at all! My hair was not noticeably shinier or less flyaway.
My third try was the most successful. I sparingly smoothed a little of the serum though dry hair. Doing this left a very oily deposit on my hands, which did not come off even though I washed them with soap twice. This method of using the serum gave my highlights distinction and my layers more definition. The difference was not huge however, and I felt that even though I had only paid £2.56 for the serum, this was £2.56 too much!
Charles Worthington claim that the serum helps tame unruly flyaway hair and gives control and shine. Although my hair was a little more controlled, this was not enough to persuade me to buy the serum again. The packaging also claims to give long lasting hold with added humidity resistant agents, and to protect hair from UV radiation. I have not yet gone out in damp conditions with the serum on my hair, but I do not suffer from really frizzy hair which I know becomes worse in damp conditions. My straight but flyaway hair is never affected by rain, so I cannot judge the humidity resistant properties.
Perhaps I was expecting too much from this serum - if it was used by somebody with really frizzy hair then perhaps the effects would be much more noticeable. My hair just needs to be calmed down a little - and the serum did nothing to help me in this respect.
For a glossy, frizz-free hair style /