Sunday, 24 August 2014

Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer

A few weeks ago, I got back from a week away in Turkey with one of my besties.  We wanted to get away purely to relax and chill out after what has been a very busy year so far.  When I walked through my door I was greeted with a lovely package from the lovely people over at Charles Worthington and inside was a can of their Instant Root Concealer to try out and it really couldn't have come at a better time.

In some of the more up to date photos of me on my blog, you'll notice that my roots are HUGE in some of them and there's a reason for that- I've been growing my hair out.  My natural hair colour is a warm toned light to mid blonde and it is very golden.  When I have my hair done I always have a light ash blonde highlight and a an ashy brown lowlight put through my hair; three foils of low light to every one highlight.  I much prefer cool toned hair to warm toned hair on me and that's why I've always opted for the full head of highlights and lowlights.  However since having my extensions out in April, I could tell that my hair had grown loads while I'd had them in and my hair was in really condition when I had them removed, so I made the conscious decision to leave my hair and let it grow out naturally over the summer to see what the result would be with the hopes of achieving a balayage style when I next have my hair properly done at a salon.

Just before my wedding day I had my highlights and lowlights done and on my wedding day I wore clip in extensions rather than my favourite Great Lengths bonded ones.  Since then, I've literally just left my hair until very recently when I had only low lights but through my hair.  These photos were taken just before I had my hair done so my root is at its largest.  I've been using very little heat on my hair, probably once every two weeks if that, and I've been using lots of treatments and oils on my hair to help it to grow.  I'm pleased to say that it has grown more but obviously that creates the issue of roots.  The problem that I have with my roots is that I tend to get this gradual tie dye effect as I go on holiday abroad at quite regular intervals and my hair bleaches up lighter in the sun very easily so my lowlights never last five minutes and my hair goes bright blonde which then makes my roots look super dark when they're not.  Argh, its a pain.

To combat the problem with my roots, I've been testing out the Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer to see if it will help them.  This product is a temporary colour spray that covers grey hair and hides root growth.  I have the Light Blonde shade but it is also available in dark blonde, brown and dark brown.  You can check out the different shades and the shade of hair they're suitable for here.

When I first saw the can I thought- great idea but its going to be a bit messy to use.  I was so wrong as now that I've given it a go I can definitely say that it is so easy to use and it doesn't create any mess as it has a really precise nozzle that it comes out of and the spray of the product itself is super fine.

The Instant Root Concealer is really easy to use.  All you do is part your dry hair as you normally would and then spray the Instant Root Concealer from a distance of about 20cm onto the hair.  I found that it is best to do light sweeping sprays rather than spraying a lot all in one go because it looks the most natural this way.  The product comes out as like a khaki-ash blonde colour and its surprising how far a small spray goes; you really don't need to use a lot of product at all.  I found that when I first sprayed it, I didn't think that the root concealer had done anything, until I waited a few seconds and stepped back to look in the mirror in natural light and I could notice a subtle but definite difference.  My roots were not completely covered, that would probably look a little unnatural, but they appeared lighter and blended into my hair.  While I could feel the product on my hair, it didn't make my hair feel awful, it was still very much touchable and I found that I could brush through my hair easily.

I found that once I sprayed it into my hair, it dried really quickly so if I needed to add another spray of product then I could once it had dried and this would build the colour up.  I found that I needed to use more product at the back of my hair than the front as my roots seem to be darker at the back.  Once the root concealer is dry, it remains on the hair all day until I next wash my hair.

I did find that if I was a little too adventurous with the spray then I may catch my skin and end up with a very faint blonde splodge on my skin which was easily rectified with a little water on a cotton wool bud.  What I liked about this root concealer is that it didn't make my hair feel dry or crispy.

The best way to use this spray is when you have already styled your hair.  It works really well when I'm wearing my hair simply down and straight or wavy but it can also be used when your hair has been put into a particular style like an up do such as a top knot using a hair doughnut, which is a look I tend to sport quite often.  I'm planning on showing you how to use the Instant Root Concealer on a Front to Back Side Braid style so keep checking back to see that post very soon.

You can buy the Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer here.

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  1. What an interesting product! I've used cocoa powder once to hide my roots ahah x

  2. that is really good.


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