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Who, what, hair: is this new micellar shampoo for you?

March 29th 2017 / Ayesha Muttucumaru Google+ Ayesha Muttucumaru / 0 comment


If you love a micellar water, would you also love a micellar shampoo? I tried Charles Worthington’s latest launch to find out

When it comes to skincare staples, micellar water has earned a permanent place in my beauty regime. Gentle yet effective, it makes swift work of stubborn eye makeup and serves as a quick yet effective cleanse when I need a helping hand. However, can the same apply to the world of hair care too? According to Charles Worthington’s latest launch, yes. Micellar shampoo has arrived. But does it work?

An extension of the micellar trend (and perhaps a nod to the recent low shampoo trend too), the brand's new Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo aims to provide a solution for women who prefer to wash their hair on a daily basis (whether that be because of their hair type, to combat urban build-up if they live in cities or exercise regularly) but don’t want to compromise on its condition by doing so. Designed to prevent colour fade and to strengthen, while being mild enough to hair and scalp to suit regular use, I put it to the test to see if it does in fact deliver easy yet effective cleansing for your cash.

Its press release’s claims

“This sulphate, silicone and paraben free micellar shampoo works like a tiny magnet which effectively picks up impurities, pollution and grease from hair without stripping or weighing it down."

"The effective cleansing agents will ensure that colour treated hair is left feeling vibrant and protected, helping to prolong the life of your colour."

“The micellar technology also combines a naturally derived complex of Lychee and Lupine Seed extracts that strengthens and protects hair. The results will leave hair soft, lightweight and with natural movement that you can achieve day after day.”

First impressions

Upon reading that the shampoo was both sulphate and silicone-free, I was immediately intrigued - I’m usually used to seeing products possessing these two qualities coming in at a much higher price-point, (as well as being fewer and further between on a high street level). Clear in colour, it was aptly un-fussy in texture and when applied, was light in lather and subtle in scent. It definitely felt gentler and more stripped back than other shampoos I’ve used in the past.

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Did it deliver on it claims?

Unfortunately my hair was too thick and my scalp too oily to particularly benefit from its capabilities - it left my roots feeling uncomfortably unclean despite two applications. That being said though, if you have a finer hair type that gets moderately greasy at the roots on a daily basis, it's a different story in my opinion. Its no-frills formula works to gently lift rather than lather impurities away, thereby not leaving hair feeling stripped and offering a milder way to modify your daily mane management plans post-gym or post-Tube. Personally though, I need something a little more heavy duty to do the job.

Would I recommend it?

If you have fine hair that has a tendency to fall flat post-workout or commute? Yes. Thick hair with an oily scalp? No.

Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo, RRP £5.99 will be available at Boots stores nationwide and from March 2017.

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