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Charles Worthington Shine On Silkening Serum

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Brand: Charles Worthington / Type: Hair Serum / What it does: Smoothes,

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      07.06.2009 14:47
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      Overall my favourite hair serum so far!

      My hair is above shoulder length but is really, really thick! Therefore my hairdresser chops some layers into it to get rid of some of the bulkiness. I like to apply some hair serum to define my layers or more often I end up looking like I've had my hair cut with a knife and fork! I often try new versions as I have found that many, even when added sparingly, can make my hair look greasy - even after its just been washed. This is not a good look!

      I'm not normally in to buying designer hair care products and usually just stick to your more household branded products - but this was on offer so I thought I would give it a go.

      Application

      I was trying a 30ml bottle of serum. On the bottle of the serum it claims that the liquid creates maximum shine and definition, will smooth fly away hair and seal spilt ends. The instructions indicate that you should apply 2-3 pumps of the liquid through wet hair, comb thoroughly and then blow dry. It can also be used sparingly on dry hair.

      I found that as the bottle had a pump action head it meant that you could control the amount that you were using. This was much easier then just pouring it into your palm and hoping for the best that you didn't end up looking too greasy!

      The serum itself is an oily, smelless, liquid. Whilst on your palm it didn't feel too greasy though - some serums I have used previously have taken a couple of hand washes to get off my palm as they have been that oily. I thought that this would bode well for my hair!

      Results

      I found that after blow-drying my hair did look quite shiny and was a lot easier to manage. There wasn't so much static as I sometimes got and it didn't seem to be as flyaway. However I did find that it felt a bit greasy to me. Since then I have just added 1 pump instead of the recommended 2-3, whilst I have wet hair and I have found that this has improved it somewhat.

      However I did find that this serum is best added after washing and drying your hair. Adding one pump of serum whilst styling my hair has ensured that it isn't flyaway for a few hours and that my layers are clearly defined. It ensures that I don't look like I have been dragged through a hedge!

      I also really like the small size of the bottle as you can carry it around with you throughout the day and can apply as soon as your hair starts to look unruly. It's also great for taking away on holiday or trips.

      This has been my favourite hair serum so far and whilst it can leave you with greasy locks if used before you dry your hair, I find that if used when styling the results are really good. My hair certainly looks more sleek and shiny and any stray bits gets smoothed down. I would certainly say that this is my favourite hair serum that I have come across so far.

      This cost me £2.75 as it was on offer at the time of purchase. I think normally it approx £3.50

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      03.03.2009 16:42
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      Took care of my tangles!

      I have long hair and one problem is that when I go out it always is in tangles before I am halfway out the door, I don't like using hairspray or mousse, as it tends to stiffen sections while underneath it will still get tangled from the wind.

      And also when you use hairspray, gel or mousse to keep your hair straight it just dosent look natural, and one thing about having long hair is that you have to upkeep it and make it look good or you might as well just cut it all off. So a while back I saw this mini bottle of Charles Worthington Shine Silkening serum at the department store and since I am totally addicted to mini anything, I had to have it.

      First impression:

      The mini bottle holds 15ml and the serum is a runny oil like liquid with no smell. The size is very handy for either traveling abroad on short trips, or bringing around with you everyday in your purse. The mini takeaway bottle has a pump style top which is able to unscrew. The bottle is made out of thick plastic, so you don't need to worry about it breaking in your purse.
      The regular size bottle is 50 ml, and costs about 5-6 pounds.
      When in your palm the serum is not sticky, but surprising soft almost silk like, and it does not leave your hands greasy although it has the appearance of oil.

      Application:

      I pumped a few squirts into my hands and concentrated on the top and bottem sections of my hair the top part as there is where the frizz tends to start and the bottom sections as they are the lighter and more dry part of the hair and more likely to fly away. To finish off I smoothed the rest on my palms over the entire length of my hair trying to spread it as evenly as possible. I found that I needed at least 3-4 pumps in order to cover everything.

      Appearance:

      My hair looked a lot more tamed and had a nice shine, the serum was also very soft on my hair, not heavy like an oil but rather like a light coating. There was no noticeable smell, which I found a little disappointing, but a suppose it wouldn't be very practical if it clashed with your preferred perfume. One disadvantage was that it could lean toward the greasy looking side if you use to much, or leave it in too long.

      Conclusion:

      This product is very nice, and I take it with me in my purse almost everywhere, the take away size is perfect for my purse and has lasted me a very long time. This product doesn't provide a cure for wind blowing your hair away, but it does make it allot easier to pat it back into place, without a jungle of tangles. There are however other shine products that I have tried although haven't purchased yet, that are also very good, dare I even say better, as they emphasize the shine and not the borderline greasy appearance. I still like this product but don't assume that its the best.
      Four stars, one minus for the fact that it can look greasy.

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        21.06.2001 06:43

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        If theres one thing I'm a complete sucker for, it's haircare products. Regardless of price, shape and size, if it's supposed to feed my hair with essential nutrients and multi-vitamins, I have to have it. Nowadays everyone seems to be using serum to "tame" their locks, add extra shine etc. I decided to try a Charles Worthington one because I'm fond of his blow-dry spray and intensive conditioner. it also comes in a chic looking glass bottle which helps. I have long hair which has been repeatedly dyed,highlighted, straightened, curled etc. which meant if there was one thing I needed it was shine. The thing is with serums is that they really can't be too heavy. I know they always say on the back of the bottle to only put a few drops on, but when you have long hair you do tend to overestimate how much you need, and if the products not doing much well, you slap more on! (maybe that's just me?!). The point is serums are nearly all very oily, and put too much on and your head looks like you've thrown a chip pan over it. Even if you apply more heat to try and dry out the oiler parts, they normally are still noticeably greaser (no, no one is going to mistake it for shine). I found this serum, although one of the more affordable ones, is very heavy. When you apply a little, it dosen't do anything. When you apply too much - well you know the concequences. It dosen't do much in terms of "taming" either, but then again, I don't think serums were really made for that job. On small sections, it can add an extra gleam (particuraly on dry ends.) It isn't a miracle product by any means, but it does quite well in adding a bit of shine and softness to the hair. Bearing in mind Serum is really a finishing product, I think that spray on serums that are around are better because they are lighter on the hair and creater better illusion of shine and bounce :)

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        18.05.2001 06:48

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        I first used the product when it was on offer in the travel sizes. 2 for 3 at boots. Its amazing. I have really thick unruley fine hair and even now when its cropped short it does not want to do what I ask. You only need to use a squirt (actually I use two, but my hair is seriously thick)and it does your whole barnet. Charlie's seriously silky hair serum tames it without looking like I used a ton of gel or spray. It makes it really SERIOUSLY SHINY. Would thoroughly recommend it. The rest of his range is pretty good too!

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        05.03.2001 22:11
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        How do they do it? The models who flip their hair as they shimmy down the catwalk (grrrr), those superstars who pose for the cameras in their free desginer dresses, showing all their dental work and patting their perfectly groomed yet fashionably tousled glossy locks (grrr)... Hair serums were sent to earth by hair-care angels. I first discovered this fact having used Boot's own 'Japonica' hair serum - this can be hard to get hold of sometimes, so I opted to give Charles Worthingtons' version a whirl. Boots (not sure if any other stores have this offer, but they may well do) had a stand of mini trial sizes called 'Take Aways'. I chose six for six quid, and this product was one of them. I love it! It smooths and glosses down the most flyaway, frizzy bits of hair, and leaves the rest perfectly shiny. It isn't at all greasy and oily, as some hair serums can be. There are two types of serum in this range - one is for fine or flyaway hair (my hair-type), the other is more intensive, for naturally curly or permed hair. I will definitely be buying the full sized version of this serum, although the min-size is perfect for taking on holiday, or simply trying out the product to see if it suits you first. The trial size is a 15ml pump-bottle. This may not sound like much, but I promise you, you really only need two or three squirts at a time, so it should last you a long time. What I like most about this serum, is the fact that it doesn't weigh your hair down and make it look lifeless. You can use it on towel-dried hair (just work a small amount through your hair) or on dry hair, to calm down individual strands that tend to 'escape'. The blurb on the back of the bottle says it's good for "treating split ends..." I wouldn't agree with this statement. It may make your split-ends look a little less noticable (actually, a lot less noticeable, to be fair
        ...) but the only 'cure' for split-ends is to go for the chop. Any product that claims to glue you hair back together is offering you a pot of fools gold... Split-ends means you are over-processing your hair and should leave it alone a bit, or that you simply need a haircut! This is a fantastic product, the only people it wouldn't suit are those with very greasy hair. Even if you have 'normal' hair (whatever that is...) this serum is great for adding extra sheen. If you feel like shining, give it a go. It wont make you a moviestar or supermodel, but your hair will thank you for trying it!

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          30.08.2000 20:16

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          I just love this stuff !It's a bit expensive,but the bottle lasts ages,don't know what they put in it,but it really does do what it says,it makes your hair shiny,silky and easy to comb,all without leaving a sticky residue,even my hubby uses it too tame his hair sometimes ! I've got dryish curly hair and this stops it looking uncared for,you only need a small amount to achieve a result,other serums i've tried just don't compare,if you want to look sleek,then this is the thing to try,i treat myself when i've got enough points on my boots card,that way it's not so much of a hit to the pocket.

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      • Product Details

        Give a weightless sheen of crystal-clear gloss / Gloss the hair when applied before or after styling / Smooth away flyaways and split ends / Prepare hair for styling with improved manageability /