“ Brand: Charles Worthington / Type: Hair Spray / What it does: volumizeses, „
I bought a bottle of this blow dry styling spray after seeing it recommended in one of my favourite glossy magazines. The product promises volume and 'oomph', and that is what I look for in styling products.
There is rather less of my hair than there used to be - on some days, far too many strands fall away, and over the last few years this has led to a thinning of my once 'thick' hair. I used to consider my hair to be my crowning glory, but now I think back sadly to the days when my hairdresser claimed it was so thick that it was blunting his scissors! Poor health has taken its toll, and there is nothing I hate more than a bit of pink scalp showing through my finished style.
So, the products I buy - whether shampoos or styling sprays - are designed either to enhance the shine of my grey/white hair (or Arctic Blonde as I prefer to call it), or to add thickness and volume. Even though my hair is quite short, I always want to add volume - especially at the crown - rather than wearing the style as a flat crop.
The bottle I bought is part of the 'Limited Edition' range brought out by Charles Worthington to celebrate both his 25-year career in hairdressing and also the fact that his company is an official partner of the BAFTA Film Awards. In the 25 years since he opened his first salon in London, Charles Worthington has worked with many celebrities, and has developed a wide range of products to suit all types of hair. The Limited Edition Volume range also includes shampoo, conditioner, Body Booster Mousse and Mussed Up Texturising Spray. The link between the BAFTAs and the Big Bounce Spray is described on Charles Worthington's website as being because the spray is great for those who want to create Hollywood looks at home. While I have no desire to be a movie star, I do desire good hair - which for me means that it needs to be full of volume.
The product page on the website describes the spray as being for those who want their hair to have extra 'oomph - think Hollywood and the West coast of the USA for styles with big body, added volume and perfect hold'.
Big Bounce Spray comes in a 200ml bottle - the bottle is pale pink, with a logo on the front that contains the initials CW and the number 25 to reflect the anniversary. The lift-off lid is black, and it reveals a pump-action spray. When using the spray, I notice a gentle, fruity fragrance, but this does not linger. What does linger, however, is the volume I am able to add to my hair when I style using this product - which is described as containing 'plumping collagen extract and styling polymers that bond with each individual hair strand'.
You can use the spray on either wet or dry hair. You should wash and towel dry your hair, and then lift sections so that you can spray the product evenly from root to tip. Comb through, and then style. I use a rounded brush when I am blow-drying my hair (usually my treasured GHD vented brush). Alternatively, you can spray into the roots of dry hair and then blow dry for a restored bounce. I've used it frequently both ways, and have been really pleased with the results. Sometimes I partly dry my hair and then put in Velcro rollers, leaving my hair to set while I do my make-up. Once I've taken my rollers out, I simply run my fingers through my hair so that it looks nice and natural, but with lots of body.
I use a tiny bit of wax to separate my fringe, and then finish my style with a spritz of my favourite Elnett hairspray.
One thing that really impresses me about the Big Bounce Spray is the fact that it leaves my hair feeling beautifully soft and smooth - unlike some other products that can leave me with a bit of a 'helmet head' - bouncy and voluminous but a bit rigid. Definitely not the sort of hair I would want my husband to (try to) run his fingers through! I find that the volume lasts well into a second day, although it may need refreshing after that.
The 200ml bottle of Big Bounce Spray costs £5.19 at Boots, and at the time of writing this review (14th May), Boots have an offer of 3 for £10 on selected Charles Worthington haircare. It can be found a bit cheaper online, although I have only ever bought it from Boots, and so can't give any personal recommendation for the online outlets. As of 14th May, an eBay seller is auctioning a bottle that has only been used twice, and the auction is due to finish on 17th May.
I have found that Charles Worthington Volume Big Bounce Spray really does leave my hair full of bounce and volume, and also makes it feel soft, smooth and shiny. That's a result I am very happy with, and so I'm also happy to award this product five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)