“ Brand: Pantene / Type: Hair Treatment „
I have been naughty and spent a while in the sun in the last few weeks which means that my hair is getting straggly and dry on the tips. I always deep condition my hair to keep it looking good and I am forever exploring different shampoos and treatments. The Pantene Breakage range appealed to me because it was targetted at damaged hair that is prone to falling out in the bath or in brushes. I had previously tried the shampoo so decided to give the mini shots a whirl.
Available in a pack of four tubes, the idea is that you use them once a week or maybe even once a fortnight to give your hair some much needed deep down nourishment. You simply wash your hair, towel dry it off then apply this thick and nourishing treatment from root to tip. The tubes are easy to deal with and application is straight forward. I did find that I needed less than afull tube, though longer hair might need the full tube.
It smoothed on well and the scent was punchy and stimulating, better than the Pantene shampoo smells, which are usually a bit vague. I left mine on for about five minutes then rinsed off. It needed a fair bit of rinsing through to make sure that it had all gone. There was that slightly oily feeling as I rinsed.
After the blow dry, I do admit that the hair felt sleeker and had picked up a little radiance. In terms of whether it stopped breakage, this is hard to measure, as one canot really see hairs falling out! It did seem to deplete some of the bounce though which was a shame. The effects lasted for a couple of days then I felt like I needed a boost again, so in terms of longevity, not brilliant results. I have achieved better deep down conditioning with Loreal masques, so I do not think I will rush to these again. On the plus side, at under the two pound mark for a pack they provide a cheap way to keep hair nourished and help prevent breakages.
The winter weather has wreaked havoc with my hair and skin this year and I recently found myself looking into the mirror and noticing some broken hairs. I'd been slightly aware of a few hairs breaking whilst brushing too and thought I should try and find a deep conditioning treatment to try and stop the problem.
A few days later I found myself in Boyes buying a few bits so I looked in their haircare aisle to see what they had in. What I found was these Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Breakage Defence Power Shots. Breakage defence sounded good to me so I bought a box of 4 individual treatments for £1.19.
The box is very vague with information and just tells us to use a treatment once a week, use on freshly washed hair and massage from root to tip then leave for 3-5 minutes before rinsing out. This apparently should leave us with "resilient, healthy looking hair better protected against breakage".
Each one of the four treatments are a little 15ml tube, they have no instructions on them at all and you are supposed to use the whole tube for a treatment. My hair is thick and long, down to the bottom of my shoulder blades, so a tube was the right amount for me but if you've got shorter or thinner hair than that you could easily get away with only using half a tube and as they have a screw on lid the treatment s are easy to store if you only use half.
The conditioner is very thick and smells a bit fruity. It's not runny at all and is more like a cream than a lotion. It goes on the hair fine and you can actually stand up with it on your hair with minimal drips so you don't have to stay hanging over the sink or bath while you wait for the 3-5 minutes to pass. I took my eye make up off while I waited for it to do it's job.
Once the 3-5 minutes has passed, I left it for 5, you rinse it out which takes a bit of doing as your hair feels like it's still got conditioner in it for ages. Eventually though it feels soft and not covered in cream and this is the point you stop rinsing.
I noticed the effects immediately and when I combed my hair through before drying it I could feel it wasn't so brittle and stretched rather than broke. This pleased me and once it was dry it felt very soft and not at all dry. Another factor to consider is how much volume you have in your hair. If you don't have much this will weigh your hair down and you'll have none at all and if you have oily hair this will also make it greasy. I have plenty of volume and dry hair so for me neither of these things was an issue.
So it works then? Yes and no. It works once it's applied and your hair doesn't break when you brush it but as this is a weekly treatment you want it to work for the whole week don't you? It doesn't. It works until you wash your hair again then the effects are lost. It's like a deep, heavy conditioner that really coats the hair but once it's washed out that's it, back to breaking.
I was disappointed it didn't last because the immediate effects were very good and I thought I'd stumbed onto something brilliant but once I realised the effects washed out I wondered if it was worth repeating. I decided it was worth using it again for the deep conditioning more than the breakage defence and have continued using it as a weekly deep conditioning treatment with no illusions about how long it lasts.
So overall if you see these treatments for sale somewhere they are worth buying for the conditioning effects but just don't expect the softer, stretchier hair feeling to last. If you have flat, oily hair these will make the problem worse so it's probably best to avoid them and if you have short or thin hair only use half a tube at a time.
I recommend them as a deep conditioner but not really as an effective treatment against breakage. I'm going to give them 3 stars for the positives and say try them for yourself if your hair is feeling the effects of this very cold winter we're having.