Sponsored post: Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle

A buildup-busting haircare regime – no frizz, no fry, no flop

This photo is not a set up. It’s a legitimate picture of my bath at home. Admittedly, I’ve removed a razor past its best, a flannel in need of a wash and some shower creams and shave foams with peeling labels unfit for photography and reader consumption. But this shampoo and conditioner genuinely have lived in my bathroom for the past few months and used throughout the week. What’s more, they’ve been replenished when empty. I mention this because it’s exceptionally rare that I finish a hair product without moving straight on to whichever is next in the testing pile. But Charles Worthington’s Everyday Gentle is not so easily replaced because for me, it fulfils a very specific brief and addresses a concern I’d never quite cracked without it.

Firstly, I want to be able to wash my hair quickly and frequently without putting my hair through hell and leaving it fluffy, floppy and frazzled. I want to remove any odour (anyone else only have to walk past a grill pan to get bacon-infused hair for the rest of the day? Anyone? Oh) without stripping my hair of all moisture. But at the same time, I don’t want to weigh it down with conditioner, either by co-washing, or dousing it in rich product because a sulphate-heavy shampoo has left it parched. Everyday Gentle allows exactly this. It’s the first ever micellar shampoo (I’ve written lots on micelles before, but they’re basically tiny spheres of ultra-mild detergent that act like magnets, attracting dirt, makeup, grease and impurities from skin – and now hair – and are exceptionally gentle) and is sulphate, silicone and paraben free, making it ideal for curly-haired girls keen to avoid frizz, coloured-hair girls wishing to avoid fading, and fine-haired girls like me, who wish to swerve any lankness and droop. It gives hair a much needed break from build up, sweeping it away thoroughly a restoring a lightness and bounce to the hair.

The accompanying conditioner is similarly lightweight and can be used by even the baby fine-haired among us (seriously, it can – and I speak as someone who has often skipped regular conditioner altogether). It targets only where hair is damaged or in need, to avoid needlessly coating it. I experience zero frizz or flatness when I use it, which tends to be from Monday to Friday (on the weekends, when I am generally at home and without much care for what my hair looks like, I’ll perhaps wash once with a classic shampoo and do a conditioning pack, more to make the most of a long soak than anything else). My hair looks silky, bouncy and airy, and styles with ease. If feels as soft and clean as it would with a regular regime, only without leaving a waxy film on my fingertips when I touch it.

When you’ve rid your hair of product build up, it’s quite understandable that you might not want to build it back up again with sticky styling sprays, mousses and lotions. This is precisely where the Everyday Gentle Protective Detangling Spray, £5.99, comes in. It’s a weightless, gunk-free mist for protecting hair against hairdryer and styling tool heat (up to 230 degrees), or to simply detangle knots without snagging, or causing hair to fall flat in the process. Oh, and like the shampoo and conditioner, it smells lovely. Sweet and fruity (that’ll be the fig, lychee and mandarin), it locks freshness in all day, so you won’t miss the strong, heavy-duty deodorising detergents at all.

Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo, Weightless Conditioner, and Protective Detangling Mist £5.99 each, Boots.

To be in with a chance of winning one of 50 bottles of Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo, leave a comment on the thread on the forum by July 1st. Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!

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