I have a terrible time finding products that work with my hair. My hair is the worst combination of all the things you could possibly find wrong with hair. It's dry and full of static at the ends, oily at the roots, falls out when I wash, condition, or brush it, and tangles if you just look at it. Let's just say I've tried my fair share of hair products over the years. Some have been okay, some pretty good and others just made one problem or another worse.
Thanks to BzzAgent and the fine folks at Pantene, I received a free, full-sized set of Pantene's new Pro-V line, Ultimate 10 to try out in exchange for my opinion. On Tuesday I received a 375ml bottle of shampoo, a 375ml bottle of conditioner and a 151ml bottle of BB creme and was so excited to try it out that I put two pumps of the BB creme into my dry hair right away. First off - this stuff smells amazing! I mention every time I post a review that scent is incredibly important to me. I have a sensitivity to it, and if it's really strong I get headaches and if it's really bad, my lungs burn.
As soon as the BB creme came out of the tube, there was a very pleasant aroma, light, flowery and not overpowering. My hair is pretty long, so I used two pumps, one on each side and worked it into my hair. The creme is not greasy and worked into my hair well, and I didn't feel the need to go wash my hands after. There was really no effect right away, but when I ran my hand through my hair about five minutes later it already felt softer, smoother and there were no tangles. What I said earlier about my hair tangling was no exaggeration - my hair really does tangle constantly. That I could still run my fingers through my hair was a good sign. The fragrance also lingers - I got to smell it every time I moved my head.
By the time I went to bed I was really, really surprised... no tangles! You have no idea how happy that made me. I cannot remember the last time I was able to run my fingers through my hair without encountering a rat's nest. This BB creme is truly amazing!
This morning I washed and conditioned before using the BB creme. The shampoo lathered well and I did not have to use a whole lot - less than the size of a quarter. The scent is very light, as was the conditioner, which is good, because when every product you use smells strong, it's just too much. The shampoo rinsed out easily and my hair felt pretty good prior to conditioning. I used a dollop a little bigger than a quarter of the conditioner and worked it into my hair, leaving it in while I showered. Being able to use just a little is really important - I have long hair and some types of product need way too much to be effective at all. I don't want to go broke making my hair manageable. When I rinsed, I am sad to say that I did have considerable hair loss. Unfortunately this happens with 99% of all conditioners I use. It rinsed out very well with minimal effort and felt really soft, even at this stage. I towel-dried my hair, applied 2 pumps of the BB creme and brushed out my hair. Usually I do not brush my hair when wet - first off, it's nearly impossible thanks to the tangles and secondly, I lose so much hair that I don't want to start my day off in tears. This morning my hair was easily brushed. The hair loss was less than usual, but still there. All day my hair felt so soft, silky and clean. I absolutely loved it. On my drive home I did the ultimate tangle test - I drove with my windows down. Just to put this in perspective for you, when I do this, I usually have to tear my hair into sections and brush it out that way - it's pretty much knitted itself into a really, really ugly hat. That did not happen today. I came home and ran my fingers through my hair. A few tangles, but OMG, if nothing else, this feeling is worth the price.
All told - my verdict is that this system is pretty amazing. For people who don't have the hair fall issue, this is definitely for you. I'm going to try using just the shampoo and creme and maybe if I skip the conditioner I can still use this product.
The BB creme, however, is the best product I've ever used. This is something I would definitely recommend to everyone and it's going to be a regular in my hair care routine from now on.
You can't really see much difference in the top before/after pictures, but in the bottom close-up, I think you can tell how dull my hair looks before, shiny and smoother after. Remember, these afters were taken after a full day of work and a drive home with the windows down - without brushing.
Just so you know - Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 is a new line of hair care products formulated to give you these ten benefits in one bottle: Repair for Rough Hair, Strength Against Damage, Silky Softness, Brilliant Shine, Smoothing, Moisture, Frizz Control, Heat Protection, Manageability, Tamed Flyaways
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Product Rating: 5 smiles out of 5 (I'd give the BB a 10!)
Product Website: www.pantene.com
Product Type: shampoo, conditioner, BB creme
Would I purchase?: absolutely
Would I recommend?: absolutely
Pantene Ultimate 10 Shampoo, Conditioner and BB Creme were sent free by the good people at BzzAgent and Pantene.
All opinions expressed in this blog are my own, unbiased after testing the product. The product was offered free of charge with the expectation of an honest review within this blog, favorable or otherwise
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