If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that I changed my hair colour recently. I only asked for a subtle change but I wanted it to be noticeable at the same time. I felt that my hair had been looking quite warm toned in places in recent months and I wanted to switch it up with some cooler tones.
I had some cool toned brown lowlights and some ash blonde highlights put through my hair at my favourite salon in Sunderland called Frances Marshall a few weeks ago and I am absolutely loving the result. It is still very natural but just a little cooler toned than before which I think is a nice contrast for the winter.
To keep the ashier tones in my hair, I've been giving the Charles Worthington Salon At Home Colour Management products a go. This is a line that they released to target specific hair colours to give the hair a glossy winter coat. There are products for blondes, brunettes and for those with platinum or grey hair. I picked out the ones for platinum/grey hair as although my hair is still very much blonde, it is on the cooler side.
The products aimed for cooler blondes and those with grey hair are the Charles Worthington Colour Enhancer Violet Shampoo* and the Charles Worthington Violet Toning Colour Revive Mousse*. They're designed to be used as an at home colour cycle with the two products working together to fight fading colour over the winter months and to keep your colour looking vibrant and fresh in between salon visits.
I've been using the shampoo every third time that I wash my hair, which is about once a week for me, and on the same wash, I've been using the mousse. In between, I've been using the shampoo and conditioner that I posted about here, mainly because I find that I don't need any additional use of the Charles Worthington products because they work so well with only one application per week.
The shampoo is a mild but effective violet shampoo in that it is great at cleansing my hair without stripping it of all moisture and it neutralises the brassy tones in my hair but it isn't strong enough to literally tint it purple or pink like I've found with some purple shampoos that I've tried in the past. It contains a UV filter and colour protection technology to ensure that the hair maintains a radiance and feels silky soft which I'd definitely agree with as when I tried using it on its own to begin with, in order to be able to give you all a thorough review, I found that my hair looked bright, felt so silky and had a natural sheen to it after use.
The mousse is a very strange product and one that took a bit of getting used to for me as I think to begin with, I was applying too much product. To use it, you section off your hair and then apply a couple of pumps to each section. The first couple of times I used it, I thought that that wouldn't be enough so I applied it more liberally but it left my hair looking great (thick, texturised and cool toned) but it didn't feel very nice. It felt as though my hair was dirty and as though I had lots of product in my hair, which in hindsight, I did. However when I actually started following the instructions and applying it as directed, I started to like it a lot more, funnily enough!
I can still feel it in my hair a little bit but in a good way as I actually feel as though it gives my hair a little bit of oomph and texture while doing a brilliant job keeping my hair looking cool toned. It is an effect that actually lasts through my other two washes until I come to use the shampoo and the mousse again which I'm so impressed with as so many other products just wash out straight away.
While I cannot say for certain, I am very impressed with how my colour has lasted since using these products and I do think that they have had an impact on the longevity of my hair colour. My hair is very porous and usually when I have cool brown lowlights, they wash out incredibly quickly but since I have been using these products, I've noticed that the cooler tone has lasted in my hair far longer than it ever has in years gone by when I've had the same kind of colours in my hair.
I'm very impressed with them and I'm going to keep using both of them to see the impact on my hair over the next month before my next trip to the hairsalon. So far, it has been great at maintaining my cool toned colour and has successfully eradicated the warm, brassy tones from my hair so the future is looking bright!
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