Above is probably the best shot I've ever seen of my usually boring straight hair, thanks to a complimentary wash and styling session at the Pantene Pro-V stand at the Clothes Show 2010 yesterday. Nice evening sunlight too outside our house.
My hair was washed and conditioned using the new Aqua Light Lightweight Nourishing Shampoo and Aqua Light Lighweight Nourishing Conditioner from Pantene Pro-V. Aqua Light, available in shops from late July, is designed to leave virtually no residue and virtually no weight, just light, airy, swishy hair.
My hair was then styled by Lara-Zee, assistant to top hair stylist, Sam McKnight, who used tongs to create my bouncy loose curls. Despite just the lightest mist of hairspray, and my curls still look perfect one day on (I was expecting them to drop within hours like they usually do!).
I've never been a big fan of Pantene... the last time I used it was in the '90s when it was first launched. I found the shampoos too harsh (especially the clarifying shampoo which was basically like using washing up detergent) and the conditioners too silicone-laden, wreaking all sorts of havoc on my damaged hair and sensitive scalp.
However, I have to say I am quite impressed with the Aqua Light range. It does indeed leave the hair feeling fresh, lightweight and swishy. I also think the reason why my curls have lasted so well is that there's no excess product weighing the curls down.
The Aqua Light range is especially suitable for people with well-behaved, fine to normal hair, who dislike the weighed-down feeling after using conditioner, but still want the nourishment benefits of using conditioner. Both the shampoo and conditioner are designed to rinse clean in seconds. It's not moisturising enough for dry, damaged or coarse hair though.
So, if you like to pick up your shampoo and conditioner with your groceries, you could do worse than try the new Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light shampoo and conditioner (there is also a leave-in Lightweight Nourishing Mist to detangle hair without weighing it down). The price will be comparable to other Pantene products, so around £3 per bottle (sorry, I can't find the actual price anywhere because the products are not out till late July!).
A quick scan of the ingredients, and these products don't look anything like the Pantene I used to know (silicones are no longer the second ingredient after water!)...
The full ingredients of Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Lightweight Nourishing Shampoo:
Aqua, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Xylenesulfate, Parfum, Cocamide MEA, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Panthenol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Salicylate, Magnesium Nitrate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxalehyde, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Fumaric Acid.
The full ingredients of Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Lightweight Nourishing Conditioner:
Aqua, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alchohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Ethyhexyldimonium Methosulfate, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Butyphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methyisothiazolinone.
The full ingredients of Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Lightweight Nourishing Mist:
Aqua, Isododecane, Parfum, Isopropyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetrimomium Chloride, Polyquaternium-6, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Polysorbate 20, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, PEG-20 Glyceryl Laurate, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linoleic Acid, Tocopherol, Hydroxycitronellal, CI 61565, Retinyl Palmitate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, CI 40800, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride.