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Review: Pantene Ultimate 10 Repair & Protect Shampoo and Foam Conditioner

It’s been a while since I reviewed a supermarket or ‘drugstore’ brand of haircare, so today I have a new Pantene duo for you Beauties! I have to be honest, I don’t think I’ve EVER actually used Pantene, despite it being a brand that has been around since my childhood. Pantene always had a ‘bad rep’. I remember distinctly that everyone in high school (including hairdressers) would say it was terrible for your hair because of the silicone it contained. But to be fair, most supermarket branded hair care contains silicone, so I don’t know what all the fuss was about… Sure, silicone can build up in your hair, which isn’t great particularly if you colour you hair, as the dye won’t be able to penetrate the hair enough to ‘hold’ and change the colour pigment in your hair. However, it’s also great for your hair in that it coats each strand evenly, making it smooth and silky. If your hair is smooth and silky, you don’t need to be rough with it and it detangles like a breeze. Silicone  protects your hair if you will, especially dimethiconol, as it’s a silicone oil which isn’t greasy. The silicone in the shampoo isn’t at the top of the ingredient list, but there are two types of silicone in the formula. Take from that what you will. I’m not particularly worried. Maybe back in the day it was ingredient number 2 or 3? Who knows! But I thought I’d give this new duo a chance. Who doesn’t love a bargain?! 🙂

Ultimate 10 Repair & Protect Shampoo

RECOMMENDED FOR: Weak, damaged hair. 

  1. One of the main causes of hair damage is keratin loss, especially at the tips. This leads to hollowing of the hair that results in a cycle of damage. Penetrates into the hair’s core, cleanse your hair. Apply and massage to create lather. Rinse.

  2. 10-in-1 multi tasker helps prevent damage, strengthens, smoothes and more (with regular Pantene system use vs. Non-conditioning shampoo).

  3. Helps prevent split ends

  4. Strengthens against breakage

  5. Smoothes

  6. Moisturises

  7. Softens

  8. Reveals shine

  9. Improves manageability

  10. Detangles

  11. Restores natural volume

  12. Provides balanced cleansing

Supermarket shampoos aren’t quite like they used to be – they are surprisingly gentle and I quite like this shampoo. It doesn’t leave hair feeling straw like (big plus!) and cleanses your hair and scalp well. Does it add moisture to your hair despite the cleansing properties in the shampoo? I think so! My only gripe with most supermarket shampoos and products is their massive claims, which aren’t substantiated with an explanation of how and what ingredients are so magical. E.g. in the description above, it says “10-in-1 multi tanker helps prevent damage, strengthens and more“. What’s the ‘more’ bit??? scratches head And how does it help prevent split ends? Is it the silicone? shrugs If their claims were legit, we would be still using the same shampoos and conditioners from 2 decades ago, because they also claimed to do all of that I’m sure LOL but I digress, the shampoo is good! It has a floral sweet scent, which is pleasant.

I wouldn’t use this shampoo the night or day before a colour service at my hairdressers, but I also don’t see myself using the shampoo every single time I wash my hair (I use a variety of products in rotation). If you do use the shampoo a lot, think about also investing in a clarifying shampoo, that can break down the silicone residue on your hair. For $6.99 for 350ml of product, it is cheaper than chips!!!

Repair & Protect Foam Conditioner

100% Conditioning, 0% Weight. Pantene Repair & Protect air-light foam conditioner for fine, damaged hair, leaving your hair easy to detangle, silky soft and free-flowing.YOUR IDEAL HAIR: Healthy, moisture-rich soft hair.
  1. Moisturise and helps repair damaged hair, insulate and hydrates every strand to give your hair a healthy, vibrant look and feel. 

  2. Penetrates into the hair’s core, nourish your hair.

  3. Helps repair 3 months of damage in 3 minutes.

  4. Pantene’s system features micro-nourishers that moisturise, help seal cuticles and repair damage from root to tip. Your once dry, damaged hair becomes moisture-rich, soft, and shiny. PANTENE PRO-V FORMULA INNOVATION: Pantene’s unique shampoo and 3 Minute Miracle conditioner with Pro-V Formula penetrates into the core, moisturizes, and helps repair damage from root to tip. So you have stronger, shinier hair inside out*.* with regular Pantene system use vs. Non-conditioning shampooNo Added Dye and Parabens.

Fine, damaged hair? Tick, tick, tick! This conditioner should be PERFECT for me! I have quite damaged hair, which I am trying to grow long, repair damage and keep healthy (so I’m not expecting a lot LOL!). It’s also very fine, so can become weighed down easily. Pantene do promise a lot, so they’ve set the bar high themselves. 100% conditioning but 0% weight sounds awesome. A foam conditioner also sounds fun, easy and innovative.

How does it apply? You shake the can and then dispense the foam into the palm of your hand and it expands (like hair mousse) so be careful not to dispense to much product. It kind of ‘melts’ once its made contact with your hair and thus spreads quite easily. The application instructions direct you to apply the foam from the roots of your hair to the ends. You use as much foam as you think is necessary, depending on the length of your hair (according to the directions). Technically it shouldn’t be easy to over apply if its a light foam which promises 0% weight, right??? I first tried applying an orange sized amount because I wanted the foam to coat every single strand of hair and was worried that it would hydrate my hair enough otherwise. Big mistake…. my hair was flat and a little greasy. What the… so the next time I went to use the foam, I used a lot less product, maybe a golf ball size of product. This proved to be a better decision, but my hair was still flat. 0% weight? I don’t think so. It’s really odd and quite disappointing, because if Kerastase can create a conditioner which includes numerous oils in its formula and still not overweigh my hair, Pantene should be able to deliver on their promise too. Getting the balance right in regards to how much product to use can also be tricky, because the product instructions don’t give you a guide or an idea.

I find that supermarket haircare brands struggle when it comes to creating conditioners that hydrate and protect your hair enough, whilst not overweighing it. I found this to also be the case with the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner. The shampoo was fab , but the conditioner was a flop. Will I give the Foam Conditioner another go? I don’t think so. I’ve used it multiple times and it’s too fussy to use. I don’t want to risk having greasy hair the next day or flat hair for that matter, having to use dry shampoo to rescue it and having it feel like I want to wash it again. Considering they are marketing this product for those of us with fine and damaged hair, it’s a bit of a fail. Oh – and does it repair three months worth of damage in three minutes? Also, no. I didn’t notice that my hair was magically repaired. My hair was soft and shiny, but that’s not enough to save it in my eyes. You can pick up the foam for $9.99 from supermarkets and Priceline.

Something else worth mentioning (though it might seem a little random) have you noticed the new Pantene ads on tv, where the British singer pronounces ‘Pantene’ differently to how Australians pronounce it (even in our previous ads). We put emphasis on and drag out the first ‘e’, something like this – ‘panteeeeeene’. While the British lady pronounces it like there’s no ‘e’ on the end, ‘pan-ten’. Like the number ‘ten’. I think they are trying to be fancy and rebrand but it’s not working (says me haha) and it’s annoying.

Have you every tried the Pantene products before? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Catch ya next time Beauties!

Beauty Bee~

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