Review: Pantene Volume & Body Shampoo and Conditioner

Before I get started with this review, I should probably hold my hands up and confess that I’m a bit of a Pantene fan. They’re one of my go-to brands when it comes to hair care, so when I was sent some of their Volume & Body shampoo and conditioner to try recently, I must admit I went into the review expecting to like it.

I wasn’t disappointed, either. Make no mistake: there’s nothing particularly fancy or exciting about these products, in terms of packaging, scent or branding. Pantene is one of those no-nonsense brands that’s successful mostly because the products work. I’ve been using the shampoo and conditioner from this range for about a week and half now, and, as with all of the Pantene products I’ve used, they leave my hair feeling super-soft, silky and thick – and I notice the difference when I stop using them and switch to something different.

In terms of the “volume and body” claim, my hair is a fairly good test, as it’s long and fine. Do I notice a difference after using this? I’m going to have to say “not really”. I don’t see a huge difference in volume, but my hair is a stubborn beast in that department, and not much DOES make it look more, er, voluminous. I do however, notice an improvement in the overall condition and general health of my hair, and that’s good enough for me.

You can read more about this range here, or buy it at Boots.

7 Comments

  • Reply July 20, 2010

    Kirsty

    It’s interesting how people can have such different experiences with the same brand. I would describe Pantene in the exact opposite way, more of a must avoid at all costs brand rather than a go-to. I find their silicone heavy formulas make my hair greasy and lank, I’m not even tempted by their new Aqua Light range.

    • Reply July 20, 2010

      Dollface

      Yeah, I’ve heard a few people say that, and I know some hairdressers who hate it because it apparently “coats” the hair shaft… I’ve used it on and off for years now, though, and have always liked it, but it’s perhaps less of an issue for me because I don’t colour or treat my hair, and just leave it to be poker-straight most of the time!

      • Reply July 20, 2010

        Kirsty

        With all the colouring I do to my hair I’m surprised it hasn’t just surrendered and fallen out of my head!
        If you are interested in trying another volumising shampoo and conditioner I can recommend Tigi Superstar for thick massive hair, does exactly what it says on the tin!

  • Reply July 21, 2010

    Rebecca

    Yeah, I work with hairdressers and we are so snobby about Pantene. With good reason though- the problem is that when Pantene coats your hair with silicones, it gives an appearance of soft, conditioned hair while doing little to actually penetrate and nourish the hair. So it can give an attractive result, but it can lead to problems.

    If you liked All Soft I’d recommend trying some more Redken, which is BEAUTIFUL- either in Body Full, their volumising range, or Clear Moisture, which is a moisturising range for fine hair. But as always, if a product works for you, it’s always worth sticking with!

    Also yeah, Tigi is amazing too- I use a LOT of it.

    • Reply July 21, 2010

      Amber

      Yes, I agree it’s probably a matter of what works for you – I’m not wild about Redken, for instance (I didn’t ever re-purchase it, because while it was nice, it just didn’t seem all that different from many other, cheaper conditioners I’ve used), although I know people rave about it, and hairdressers always compliment me on the health of my hair, so I don’t think I’m doing anything too badly wrong :)

  • Reply July 26, 2010

    laura

    As soon as I saw a pantene review I thought “ooh I wonder if any hairdressers have left comments…” I used pantene just once the day before a haircut. When I sat in the chair my hairdresser took one look/touch and proclaimed “urrgghh you’ve been using pantene haven’t you?” it put me off for life! However I like to use a lot of conditioner (curly hair) so I can’t be doing with expensive products. I like aussie or herbal essences because they smell nice!

  • Reply July 29, 2010

    Hanna

    Cutrin’s Volumism is heavenly in the, uh, “moderate” price range. Not sure about the availability in the UK, though.

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