(Disclaimer: I received this product for free from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest review.)
Let me start by saying this: I am very picky about shampoos. Because I have natural hair (free of chemicals: no relaxers, no color treatment) that is curly, I am always on the hunt for shampoos and conditioners that keep it moisturized & nourished. I have my tried & true brands that I use, but I am always open to something new that will treat my hair well. I received an invite through BzzAgent to the My Black is Beautiful Beauty campaign a few weeks ago, which included a plethora of products including Pantene’s Expert Intense Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner. Anything that has the words ‘expert’, ‘intense’, and ‘hydration’ sounds like my hair would drink it up! (Pun intended!) I have never tried any of Pantene’s products, so I was very happy to offer my input.
When I opened the bottles, the smell was great! I had a moment where I just wanted to breathe in the scent. It wasn’t too strong, and it wasn’t too light – Pantene got the balance right. This was a smell that I wouldn’t mind having around for the next few days! The texture was creamy, which I liked. I couldn’t imagine a formula with claims to intensely hydrate being anything else. My hair responded well to it.
The conditioner was thick and creamy as well. While the instructions don’t say anything about leaving it on, I left it on for about 5 minutes before rinsing. It really felt like the conditioner wrapped around each strand and enveloped it with moisture.
Detangling was practically a non-issue and I felt the difference! My hair felt smoother as I rinsed out the conditioner. After toweling my hair dry, I followed my usual method of L.O.C. (leave-in, oil, cream) and my hair felt a lot softer. Once it dried, my curls were very defined and my hair was bouncy. Yes! That is what you want!
Two days later, my hair is still healthy looking, soft, moisturized, and smelling great. Pantene has a new customer in me. I definitely plan to buy this again! The shampoo and conditioner definitely live up to their name. Pantene, you delivered!