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I have very thick, rather coarse hair that needs a lot of conditioning. If for some reason I miss using conditioner I certainly notice the difference as my hair becomes dry, frizzy and unruly . I like try out different conditioners in my search for the perfect one and have just come to the end of a bottle of Pantene pro v nature fusion conditioner moisture balance which promises"touchable softness" and helps to protect against combing damage. It also claims to smooth frizz and give your hair a silky texture. Is it up to the job? lets see.
The Nature of Fusion.
No, not a physics lesson! Every brand needs a marketing strategy and Pantene are no different .Their claim is that they use the power of nature and science to produce a wide range of hair care products. "Moisture balance" comes in a basically white oval shaped bottle bearing the Pantene logo and stating" naturefusion". Beneath this is a bright green line and a futurisic type design which I think represents nature fusing with science but I could be wrong! The natural ingredients are also listed on the front, these being, extracts of ginger, calendula and aloe vera which is one of my favourite ingredients. The bottle is topped by a chunky fresh green flip up top highlighted by a narrow silver band..On the reverse of my bottle, in two languages,are listed the ingredients and how to use , also that it is suitable for coloured hair. The bottle is designed to stand on its head which makes it easy to use is the shower and to get the last bit out but it is hard to gauge how much is left in the bottle. The whole design is fresh, clean and pleasing.
After washing and rinsing my hair I flip up the top and pour a good dollop (My hair needs a lot), of the rich, glossy, yellow cream into the palm of my hand. It does have a slight scent of ginger and is definitely a nice fresh and a bit fruity scent in the nicest way. The problem I have besides now having conditioner on my key board, is that, to me, it looks just like the type of thick custard which you use when making trifle! At first I found this a bit off putting, but I have got over it now! The cream is easy to work into my hair and I leave it in for a couple of minutes for it to do a bit of "Fusing" No problem washing it out and I leave my air to dry naturally as this results in less frizzy hair for me.
Apart from it's rather weird resemblance to custard, I have found it to be a good but not great conditioner. If I wash my hair inthe morning it leaves my hair feeling softer and less frizzy for the rest of the day but the effects have worn off by the next day. I like the scent and it is lovely and creamy but the "Smooth Vitality" version works better for my hair. It is ,in my opinion in the middle price bracket and I would recommend that you try it as it may suit other types of hair much better than mine and I personally will continue trying out different conditioners and leave the custard for the trifle!
4 stars from me.
Available widely, Boots are currently selling the 300ml bottle for 4.17pounds
Made by proctor and Gamble it has a 12month life span once opened and the bottle is recyclable.
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Pantene Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Leave In Hair Conditioner
What is it?
This is a leave - in conditioner, designed to be used to give hair silky smooth feel. It claims to contain Cassia activated compound with avocado, bamboo and grape seed extract.
What I think?
This is actually pretty effective. I have only had to use it once for it to give results. Although, the longer you leave it in your hair the better the results - however after the first couple of times of using it I did find that more of my hair was falling outs than usual when I washed it out, although I'm not sure if it was just me at that time because I have not noticed much of this nowadays.
Hair is usually feeling thicker and looks shinier after using this. I find it works best on damp hair, leaving it in a few hours and then washing it out - that is when you see the real result.
The condition and comes in a pump bottle which is very convenient to use and I find one pump of cream is plenty and I have thick long hair. The cream itself is quite thick and when you first apply to the hair it is not immediately absorbed. It probably does take about 10 min before it disappears into the hair.
The smell is probably very similar to other hair gels and creams, it does seem as if you come out of the salon after using it and at times I to find the aroma too strong. Parts besides this it is a very good effective hair conditioner.
This used to cost about three pounds and recently it seems to have been reduced down to about a pound. This is because I have noticed it being stopped in production, the Dane seemed to sell this any more and I only just found a few bottles of this at Sainsbury's being reduced the clearance, so this is why I am guessing that they have stopped making it or else have stopped the current batch for a while and perhaps will be making a new batch with new packaging? I really hope this is still available on the market because it is very good and probably one of the best and easiest ones to use, I would still be prepared to pay three pounds for it.
Really worth a try if you ever manage to buy it.
Thanks for reading.
Why this conditioner
I bought this conditioner to try after the Herbal Essences conditioner I had being used ran out and they changed the product. I have being trying various new shampoos' and conditioners to see which I would prefer as my new products of choice.
What is it?
The conditioner I am reviewing is the Pantene Nature fusion Moisture balancing one.
The conditioner comes in a plastic recyclable bottle that is white with green and black writing on it
The conditioner promises "to keep your hair naturally shiny, radiant and strong against combing damage."
Cassia, a close relative to cinnamon that's native to India. A key polymer isolated from the plant adheres to hair and forms a "netting" when hair is wet and in its weakest state; protecting hair from the friction of fingers brushes etc. This acts as a shield and within a week, hair is stronger and less susceptible to breakage. As the polymer evaporates conditioning silicones and fatty acids are left behind to get to work on the hair they seal the cuticle, providing strength against damage from root to tip
I think you need to know my hair type so you can compare it to your own to see if this review will help you decide whether to try it or not so here goes. I have long straight shoulder length hair that is fine but there is lots of it so it is quite dense which means it can end up looking heavy and lack lustre. So as this conditioner promised to give my hair shine and protect against breakages I was hopeful it would work for me.
The conditioner is a golden colour and has an almost shinny glittery quality to it. Smell wise given that one of the key ingredients on the front of the conditioner is ginger I was expecting a warm gingery smell but this wasn't the case. It had only a very light fresh fragrance to it but it did have the distinct Pantene flowery smell.
The bottle tells you to put the conditioner on from roots to tips. This for me is the opposite way round to how I normally do it but I decide on the first use to put it on this way as I thought it may be the best way to nurture the health of my hair
To apply a thin film to my hair I need about a 5cm diameter globule. The feel of this on your hands and hair is nice and silky and it absorbs well into the air. The rinsing off was straightforward and left a film like texture to my hair so I was a little bit worried I had used too much.
Once my hair had dried my hair did feel soft at the beginning of the day but I didn't notice any additional shine or radiance to my locks at all, which was a bit disappointing. Given the length of my hair I normally only wash it every two days as this tends to be enough to keep it clean and stop it getting either too greasy at the top and too dry in the length. However my hair stared during the first day after using this conditioner to be what I can only describe as too heavy and weighted as if there was too much hair product on it. So I thought I had maybe used too much shampoo and conditioner (I was using the same shampoo in the range in the same range)
That night I washed and conditioned it again but using only half the amount as I had on the previous night. There was less of a film left on my hair as I ran my hands over it. However the same heaviness occurred the next day.
On the next wash I decided to revert to my normal practice of only putting conditioner on the main body of my hair and avoiding the scalp area to see if this made any difference. Unfortunately it didn't and my hair still felt a little dry and look lacklustre and not radiant as promised.
I preserved with using it as the promise of fewer breakages, which with the length of my hair is a good thing, but even after using it for two weeks it still just feels too heavy for my hair. I can't say I have noticed any less breakage in my hair during this period either. On balance I won't be buying this product again as I don't feel it suits my hair type and length.
As with all mass produced hair products that claim to be natural it is really just a gimmick as you can see from the ingredients list below there are multiple non natural ingredients too but least Pantene have called their range "Fusion" rather than other brands claiming totally natural when their not even my beloved and much missed Herbal essences!
Ingredients for those with sensitive skin are:
Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cassia Tora Seed, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Ginger Root Extract - Zingiber Officinale, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Sugar Cane, Dimethicone, Glutamic Acid, Benzyl, Fragrance, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Yellow 5 , Orange 4
Where from and how much
This is available in most supermarkets I bought it on a buy one get one free at Sainsburys so got the shampoo included. I paid £3.70 for them both if the offer isn't on this would be the price for one bottle.
Overall and would I recommend
I personally found this conditioner was just too heavy for my hair. I have fine hair but lots of it and this product just seemed to overwhelm my hair leaving it actually feeling greasy by the end of the day. I wouldn't recommend this to people who have fine hair but it may be worth ago if you don't as magazines such as Marie Claire and Woman and Home rave about it for thick hair.