I recently received a sample of Pantene’s new Color Hair Solutions Color Preserve Volume brand shampoo and conditioner in the mail. I used to use Pantene in high school, but since I graduated from beauty school I’ve tried to use salon brands for my shampoo and conditioning needs. When I received the samples I felt a little apprehensive at first. Would I be breaking some sort of secret hairstylist code by trying a cheaper drug store counterpart to what I was used to? Surely a sample wouldn’t hurt, right?
Well, I have to say that the size of the samples was nice. These weren’t the one-time use foil packets that I was used to. Each sample was .7 ounces and came in an actual bottle. I liked this because I like to reuse small containers for travel instead of throwing things away. Each container had enough product for about three to four uses, which gives the person sampling a better idea of how well the product works.
The first thing I noticed about the shampoo and conditioner as soon as I opened the bottles was the smell. All Pantene shampoos and conditioners have a similar smell. I can’t quite place the smell because it doesn’t smell like fruit or flowers; it’s a very fresh, clean smell. What I like about the smell also is that it really lingers. I shampooed and conditioned with the Pantene and went swimming in a lake the next day, and my hair still smelled amazing when I got home.
I noticed after the first use that my hair had lots of volume. My naturally curly hair was curlier than usual. My hair was manageable and soft. I didn’t notice any added shine, but I had just colored my hair so it had the lingering shine from my last color.
I studied up on prices for Pantene’s Color Hair Solutions Color Preserve Volume shampoo and compared those prices to some of the salon brands I had been using. Of course there was no comparison. For 25.4 ounces of the Pantene, you would pay between $4-6. The products I was buying from the salon were about twice the price for about half the amount of product.
The only thing I didn’t like about Pantene’s Color Hair Solutions Color Preserve Volume shampoo is that it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a lathering agent found in most shampoos. I don’t really like to use shampoos that have that particular ingredient in them because it is a harsh detergent. Otherwise, I believe that Pantene’s Color Hair Solutions Color Preserve Volume Shampoo and Conditioner are great products that I would use alternately with other shampoos and conditioners outside of the Pantene brand in order to prevent build-up or other damage.