Hair serum. It’s one of those phrases that doesn’t automatically roll off my tongue and I have, on more than one occasion, accidentally called it hair semen. Thanks to the movie, There’s Something About Mary, this conjures up all sorts of mental images and people tend to laugh rather than think I’m weird. I thought I’d do a hair serum review today since I haven’t actually done that before. Like a lot of women, I have a love-hate relationship with my hair and one of the many issues I have with it is that my hair has a fine but frizzy texture. Serums generally weigh my hair down and make me look like I have dipped my head in oil, so I have to be really careful with which ones I buy. I also have to keep a close eye on the ingredients thanks to my paranoia about nut oils. This is not a paid-for review. It’s based on my own experience with a product that I love, Charles Worthington Smooth & Control Finishing Serum.
Sadly, I don’t have a funny story to go with this product the way that I did with the Ben Sherman cologne I reviewed the other day, but it’s just as awesome. I use a tiny pea-sized amount on my hair, which is currently shoulder-length and very fine, especially at the front and sides. This small amount does the job. I use it just after washing, when it’s still soaking wet and then again after styling to finish off. Using it twice doesn’t make it feel greasy or weigh my hair down.
So, what I like about this product is that there isn’t a list of ingredients the length of your arm. I hate when products have too much going on. I also like that there’s coconut oil in it. I’m a huge fan of coconut oil, because as we all should know, it’s not a nut, it’s a fruit. It moisturises but according to one of my hair dressers, it can also have a slightly drying effect. That would explain why this particular serum keeps my hair in check and makes sure it behaves but it also has the added benefit of not making it greasy. In fact, I would say that when I use this, I wash my hair slightly less. That could also be attributed to the fact that I’ve styled my hair so it is holding shape better, but I found this really unusual and unexpected.
What I don’t like about this product is having to wash my hands after I’ve used it. It’s not sticky but it does leave a weird feeling on your skin that a quick rub down with a towel doesn’t fix. Also, there’s no organic products in it, which is a bummer, but it isn’t tested on animals and it is paraben free, so that’s something.
Overall, this product gets 10 out of 10 from me. I love the product, I love the slightly coconutty scent, I love the packaging and I love that it is cruelty free and paraben free. If only it contained organic fair-trade coconut oil, it would be perfect. It can be purchased online from Amazon but it seems slightly more expensive there than it is on the high street, where it’s £6.99. You can also read more about it on the Charles Worthington website.
Have you ever had an unexpected side-effect of a hair serum the way I did with this?