Product Type: Pantene hair care products
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Frizz free? Not me :(
Pantene Smooth & Sleek Shampoo
Member Name: redhead78
Pantene Smooth & Sleek Shampoo
Advantages: Smells nice, lasts a long time, lathers well, cleans my hair
Disadvantages: Does nothing to combat my frizzy curls
As my hair is both curly and quite prone to dryness I usually suffer from lots of frizziness and so seem to spend my life not only trying to tame my curls but also attempting to smooth my hair as well in the hopes of leaving it looking sleek, defined and stylish. Pah! This usually only happens just after I step out of the salon door! Over the years I've tried many many shampoos and have no loyalty to a specific one, I just tend to buy either whatever's on offer when I'm shopping for some or one that catches my eye.
Pantene is a brand I recognise and somewhat trust so I had no qualms about trying this smooth and sleek version of their shampoo when I saw it on offer in Tesco for only £2.50 for the 500ml bottle. As it usually retails around the £4.50 mark for a bottle this size I thought it was quite a good deal. This shampoo is widely available in supermarkets and chemists but can often be found on some kind offer somewhere or other so it is worth shopping around or stocking up when you see a deal.
One thing I don't really like about the Pantene range is that their packaging is all very similar so it is easy to get mixed up with what you're buying...whether it be that you pick up the shampoo for curly hair when you wanted the smooth and sleek one or whether you pick up a conditioner instead of a shampoo. It is very easily done with this range...believe me!
The bottle itself stands about 8 inches high and is an opaque white with black and green accent colours. The product is dispensed through a flip top black lid which stands at the top of the bottle. This may sound obvious but i usually prefer my shampoos to stand on their lid so that it is easier to get the last dregs out. It's not so much of a problem with this particular bottle, however, as the lid is flat anyway so it is easy to stand it upside down when you're getting to the bottom of it.
The front of the bottle just simply gives the brand name, the product name and claims you'll have "beautifull smooth hair throughout the day". It doesn't tell us whether it's meant for use on dry or normal or greasy hair, but as it's aimed at reducing frizz it's a pretty safe bet that it's meant for dry hair. On the back we are given rather a long list of chemically sounding ingredients, contact details for the company, the fact that Pantene is supported bu the Institute of Trichologists - whoever they may be! - and instrustions for use (like most shampoos; lather, rinse, repeat if needed). They also, obviously, recommend that you use the smooth and sleek conditioner and the smooth and sleek comb-in cream for best results! This would be slightly less annoying if I'd ever actually seen the comb-in cream in a shop, as it is probably something I would try, but I've never come across it yet!
The shampoo is much like any other shampoo in use and comes out of the bottle easily. In fact, the hole in the lid is quite large so often the shampoo actually comes out too easily and I end up with too much sitting in the palm of my hand. I have very long, thick hair so I use a lot of shampoo anyway - much more than the usual 10p sized blob - so for there to be even too much for me to use is saying something.
The product itself is quite a thick and creamy product and is an almost pearlescent cream/white colour. As it's so thick there's never any worry of it slipping out of my hand or off of my hair before I have chance to massage it in. It also smells rather nice too, quite a floral smell but with fresh undertones. I find it quite a pleasant smell and it would in no way put me off using it. I can't say whether it lingers on your hair for very long or not as I always use at least conditioner on my hair afterwards and usually a leav-in conditioner and some other kind of product too so they all tend to blend together.
The smooth and sleek shampoo lathers up really well which makes it really easy to spread it evenly through my hair and massage into it and it also reassures me that it is doing a good job of cleaning my hair too. It creates lots of nice smooth bubbles as you're rubbing it in which all rinse out easily. Obviously because I have a lot of hair it takes me a while to rinse the shampoo completely out of my hair but that's not unique to this one and happens with them all.
I tend to alternate this shampoo with my TGel as I can be prone to scalp psoriasis so I probably use this shampoo twice a week on average and so far the bottle has lasted me a couple of months and feels like there's about a third of it left, so in terms of how much use you get out of it versus the price I think it performs well. Obviously people with shorter or finer hair won't use as much but will probably wash their hair more than I do so it would probably last them just as long.
So does this shampoo work in its claims of leaving my hair beautifully smooth throughout the day? Well, unfortunately not. I know I don't use the conditioner and comb-in cream as suggested but still I have been disappointed in the lack of effect this shampoo has on my hair. On the few occasions I've only used the shampoo and a conditioner on my hair it has always ended up looking just as bad as before I washed it with a halo of frizz atop my head and big clumps of hair rather than sleek and defined curls.
As far as the cleansing abilities of this shampoo go I have no problems with it. It does leave my hair looking and feeling clean and so in that respect I would buy it again as it is very rare that I don't use another product after the hair washing regime to tame my curls and smooth the frizz away anyway. But if I were looking for a hardcore frizz taming shampoo I would be looking for something else I'm afraid.
Overall, as a shampoo for cleaning hair I'm more than satisfied with this and would buy it again if I saw it on offer, but it has pretty much no effect on smoothing or sleekening my hair. The packaging is non-offensive but can be quite confusing and the shampoo itself smells nice, is easy to use, lathers well and rinses out easily. So all in all I will give this shampoo four stars.
Summary: A good shampoo but not a good smoothing shampoo