I admit that I haven’t used Pantene Pro-V since I was in my early teens, but recently, out of curiosity, I decided to try out their new Beautiful Lengths line since stumbling upon a few online reviews. Many of you have asked what my “hair routine” is, and quite honestly, I’ve been avoiding writing about it because there’s not much to my hair. Perhaps I will devote some time in the future and be a bit more thorough, but for right now, I’m on a conditioner kick and thought that posting about Pantene’s new line can inspire some of you reading this. For the most of my childhood and early adolescent years, I had insanely long hair – pretty much waist length hair. It was quite inconvenient because it felt heavy and lacked volume because the length weighed my hair down. Around my sophomore year in college, I hacked all of it off – sporting various bob cuts (and sometimes an asymmetrical bob) – and donated 12 inches of hair to Locks of Love.
Years after the first drastic cut, I got addicted to various “short hair” styles and didn’t go back to long hair because of the maintenance. A few years ago, I started a personal project: to grow out my hair again. I missed having the options long hair came with; unfortunately, growing out a bob is a pain and very time consuming. Luckily, my hair grows fast on its own so it took probably 6-8 months to grow out the last bob cut I had, and shortly there after, I stayed committed to trimming my hair regularly until it grew past my shoulders. Now, my longest layer is about bra-length – and I hope that by my birthday (in April), I will be satisfied with the final length of my hair growing journey. Who knows what I’ll do with it after that!
Pantene’s new line, Beautiful Lengths, is designed for maintaining long hair or for those who are in the process of growing their hair out. Its “breakage defense” resists breakage for long hair while restoring it as well. I own the conditioner, but I do plan on purchasing various other products within this line – I’ve heard the hair mask was pretty good too.
The tube says:
“Pantene supports the Beautiful Lengths program, which donates real hair wigs to women with cancer. Beautiful Lengths shampoo and conditioner helps strengthen hair against breakage, so you can grow it longer, and then donate it.” Visit http://www.beautifullengths.com for more information.
According to the tube – “Massage into wet hair after shampooing. Comb through hair with fingers, beginning at the roots and working to the tips. Rinse thoroughly. For best results, use with Beautiful Lengths Shampoo, smoothing balm, and hairspray.”
The texture of this conditioner is unique – it’s purple and really creamy. The thick texture allows it to really grab onto the hair, instead of sliding off and being wasted. After shampooing, I slather on this conditioner really well and work it especially well at the ends of my hair (where breakage is more prone). I keep a claw-clip in the shower, so I use it to hold my hair up on the top of my head while I get on with the rest of my shower routine. The smell of this conditioner is fiercely floral and quite strong; the scent does linger after you wash and dry your hair, but it does subside into a mildly flowery scent later on. My hair is soft and very smooth and stays this way until the next wash.
This was another great drugstore find and I highly recommend it. I’ve never had an issue with my hair breaking off, so I can’t say that this particular conditioner prevents damage and breakage. However, I think it does help maintain the health of your hair. If you’re trying to grow your hair, the best thing to do is to keep it healthy. This includes not washing your hair every day, not going crazy with heating tools, avoiding chemicals, and believe it or not, not brushing it a whole lot prevents your hair from breaking as well. It is also recommended that you trim the ends of your hair regularly to prevent split ends from ruining your hair; and, I’ve personally gone into the salon to get my hair “re-layered” to give it some oomph when volume is lacking.
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