Today we are going to look at and review the Pantene Repair and Protect shampoo. I have used this product for some time. Lately, I’ve also tried a few different shampoos but have this as a standby.
With any shampoo, I think it’s important to factor in the type of hair you have. I don’t think a one size fits all approach is beneficial in any way. For example, some people may have dry damaged hair while others may have thin or greasy hair. With that in mind it is important to use a shampoo that is suited for your hair type and hair need.
This leads to my hair… I would describe my hair as thick ‘volumous’ type. It’s not curly but more on the wavy side. Though I do experience some hair fall, I wouldn’t say it is excessive. In the summer months my scalp can get itchy and one of the ways I ensure to reduce this is by applying olive oil on my hair. Olive oil is a boon and has so many wonderful benefits. I’ll probably do a separate post on this and how it helps with hair. But in the mean time you can read ‘Is Olive Oil Good for Your Skin? If So, How?‘ to learn about the benefits it provides to your skin. With that said, let’s look below at the Pantene Repair and Protect shampoo and tell you if it’s any good.
Ingredients – Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Parfum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-6, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Trihydroxystearin, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Histidine, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone.
0% Silicones, Mineral Oils, Colourants.
For Weak, Damaged Hair.
Smell – The Pantene Repair and Protect shampoo has a warm ‘perfumey’ smell to it. The kind of smell you get from a less expensive make-up set. Personally I didn’t really like this. I prefer a more ‘fresh’, ‘fruity’ or organic fragrance. Or even no fragrance at all.
Texture – The shampoo is in the form of a white creamy lotion. I would describe it as medium in texture. It massages well into the hair and washes off very easily. Some shampoos you have to rinse a few times and get that ‘slippery’ feel, but with this one, no issues here.
I tend to shampoo 2 to 3 times a week. Any more than that will damage the hair. Read the post ‘Hair: How to Look After Your Hair and Improve Its Health‘ to learn what shampooing every day will do. I also use a conditioner and feel it definitely makes a difference to the health of my hair. Anyways, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the Pantene shampoo.
Smoothens Hair – The shampoo gives a smooth and soft feel to my hair. In my younger days I used to use Head & Shoulders. Though it gave my hair a good thorough clean, it also made it dry. The Pantene Repair and Protect doesn’t dry or make hair brittle. So I give it thumbs up here.
Gives Shine – I have to say I was really impressed with how shiny it made my hair. Some shampoos in the past gave a grey dull texture. But with with this one not only was my hair shiny but it carried a healthy glow. This is probably one of the reasons I have kept on using it despite some of the other drawbacks (which I will mention below).
Oily Hair – During warm weather my hair does get a little oily and I find this shampoo helps get rid of this. After a wash I can say my hair feels clean and the dirt and pollutants are removed.
Price – I bought mine from Superdrug. The XXL version (700ml). At the time of purchase, it retailed at £2.47. I think price-wise it’s very good and will last you several months.
Ingredients – I wasn’t happy with some of the ingredients, namely sodium sulphate and sodium chloride. These are essentially cleaning agents and often give that lather effect in shampoos. Long term use of these is really not recommended as they can cause a range of issues from itchy scalp, hair fall and damaged hair. Instead I would recommend shampoos that have more natural cleaners such tree tee oil or neem. These are as effective but without the bad side effects. Furthermore, I didn’t like the added perfume as I found it a little strong.
Scalp – May be it’s my hair. But one thing I noticed after some time using this shampoo is that I started getting dandruff! For example if I shampooed my hair today, the next day if I rubbed my scalp I would see white particles falling off. To combat this I would often as I mentioned above, apply olive oil to my hair.
Volume – If you’re looking for a shampoo that will add volume and weight to your hair then this will disappoint you. At times I felt the shampoo made my hair ‘flat’ and took away the natural volume which I had.
If you’re looking to pay less for a shampoo that will last you a few months then Pantene Repair and Protect is a good buy. If you have less complicated hair and just want a good clean then this product will suit you. However, some of the ingredients can be a turn off for some. If you suffer from itchy scalp then this product may not tackle this issue.
Once the shampoo runs out, I will probably not repurchase. Instead I will try to look for a shampoo with with less silicone and sulphates in them. That’s just my view. Would love to hear your thoughts.