Pantene Pro-V: Get The Shampoo, Skip The Conditioner

Pantene Pro-V takes a swing at volumizing.
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Pantene Pro-V takes a swing at volumizing.

When I think of drugstore shampoo, I think of Pantene Pro-V. I used it plenty as a kiddo; as soon as I got a say of what went into the cart I grabbed it without even thinking. 

The price is right, but is it worth it?

Oh please, please, let it be worth it. 

Oh please, please, let it be worth it. 

Currently, Pantene has been pushing the concept of full hair at any texture. Taking a look at today’s hair heroes like Zooey Deschanel, it’s clear that big, full hair is the look, whether you're straight or curly

As a medium/fine haired bb, I can always use more body, but a shampoo has to tick more boxes to get my stamp of approval. Does Pantene hit the mark? Find out below!

Pantene Pro-V Full and Strong Body Building Shampoo and Flexible Conditioner

Pantene Pro-V Full and Strong Body Building Shampoo and Flexible Conditioner

What: Pantene Pro-V Full and Strong Body Building Shampoo and Flexible Conditioner
Intended Users: For finer textures
Intended Results: To strengthen hair and build body
Price: Body Building Shampoo and Flexible Conditioner - $3.99, each
Price Per Ounce: $.33

Notable inclusions and exclusions: What's contained within is a bit basic, sure, but it's OK to be basic. The 'poo is an SLS+Silicone-based formula with vitamins C, E, and B5, which is known to boost body and fill in missing proteins. The conditioner is of a similar breakdown, with dimethicone, panthenol (B5) and a slightly off-putting amount of alcohols.

Overall Impression

Body Building Shampoo: This was pretty decent! Better than I expected, for sure. I got MAJOR suds and was very, very happy to not feel any dryness before conditioning. I was actually into the crisp apple scent and washing power. Not bad, Pantene! *Golf Clap*

Rating: 2 out of 5 Cat heart eyes emojis

Flexible Conditioner: I really wanted to be impressed by this--and if you know me, you know I'm biased toward conditioners--but this was just meh city bitch meh meh city bitch. With its slip and sweet, tart, candy-like scent, it just didn't work for me. When my hair was wet I could feel the silicones, and after it was blown out--though it was free of buildup and grease--it wasn't very soft. I will say this: I got some lift. So maybe it wouldn't hurt to use it again, if I added a great serum or styling cream. (P.S. I skip all but basic thermal protection when I’m testing a new shampoo/conditioner, so as not to taint the results.) 

Rating: 1 out of 5 Cat Heart Eye emojis

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All in all, the shampoo ain’t bad, but the conditioner simply does not make the cut.

I’m sure there are more moisturizing options from Pantene--Full and Soft, perhaps? If you need body and an affordable shampoo, definitely reach for the shampoo.  

  • Who is a Pantene regular? Tell me your fave options!
  • What is your favorite drugstore volumizing shampoo and/or conditioner?

Photos: Darnell Scott