Bloggers don't lie

Do you ever read a blogpost about a product - more often than not sent by a PR - and think? Whatever Trevor! (The Trevor part is optional)

I often do. It's pretty mean really because the PR element often detracts from the fact that the product being featured is actually...quite good. It's a difficult balance and if you are a cynic like me, often weighs negatively.

Well months ago Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light was doing the rounds and it got a good reception. Some liked it, and some loved it - evangelising about how clean and fresh it made their hair feel. At the time - perhaps because this market is always so heavily saturated with new products - I digitally "walked on by"....I was semi-intrigued but not enough to buy it.

Cut to this month and blimey - sometimes you have to give bloggers a little more credit.

I bought this with my own cash and I can say that I love it. And here's why.


It's not because it's cheap. (Although I certainly appreciate that fact)

It's not because I love to use hair products jam-packed with chemicals. (This is probably the antithesis of organic....although the amount of silicones have been "evaluated" for this range) 

It's because this duo leaves my hair smooth and therefore capable of going without heat. That means it dries sans-frizz and at the very most I need a medium-low meeting with the curling iron/straighteners. For me this is all that matters. It cuts down time and cuts down heat exposure - the very thing that killed my hair before, forcing me to chop it all off.

I have used other products in the past that also create the same end result - but often for a greater cost, or from brands that are not as accessible. I like the price tag and I like that I can stroll into any Boots/Superdrug - heck, even Tesco/Sainsburys/Waitrose in the country and get my hands on it.

Now I am not saying I am going to make a Swisssh video - as per the Cat Deeley viral campaign - but I am definitely enjoying good, light, easy hair :)

What is your current favourite shampoo/conditioner duo?!

69 comments:

  1. Oooh I tried this product before and it made my hair fly-away after a while - but then again I do have fine hair anyway. At the moment I'm using John Freida's Root Awakening range. The leave in spray makes your scalp tingle - which I like :) Next on my list is Waitrose eucalyptus shampoo which smelt even stronger so I am hoping for max tingle sensation!

    Hello again by the way :) So happy you're back x

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  2. @men4breakfast - Ah well I guess we are all different :) Like the sound of root tingle though :) haha

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  3. I LOVE this shampoo and conditioner too and have used nothing else for the past six months or so...but I like it for a different reason. I have really greasy hair and used to have to wash it every day to have it looking any way decent. With this I can get away with two days (or even three if I'm being really lazy and not going anywhere special. That was unheard of before.) Love it :)

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  4. Have been warned off pantene too many times
    As the root of all evil that it's not even on my radar!
    Love aveda shampure :)

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  5. @Silec - thats fantastic :) glad you found it too!

    @Daisychain - haha fair enough :) Aveda Shampure smells DIVINE but sadly makes me super frizzy...dammit!

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  6. Got to say I love my herbal essences for curly hair - no frizz, smells good & cheap. I chopped off my hair 2-3 years ago due to heat damage and have grown it back (and a lot longer) using drugstore products. I wouldnt believe all the hype on expensive shampoos & conditioners.

    xx

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  7. Well I guess I have to try it now...! At the moment I use brillante brunette hydrating shampoo and conditionner! Works really great! But I switch all the time, one day I use all natural organic products (some german brands), and the other day I'll use silicone-full hair products... This way I feel half-"guilty", half-environmental-friendly, a bit of both worlds ;-)

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  8. I really liked Tresemme's Naturals collection and that gave my hair really great sheen and feel. Unfortunately, I don't think this product is available in the US yet. It's not listed on their US website. =( Also, I like the bottle.

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  9. I do love these but I am in love palmolive at the moment, cheap and I even say better than these x

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  10. I've definitely heard mixed reviews about this, though used to love Pantene myself. Stories of hair loss and weighing down your locks.
    I'm using James Brown Photo Fabulous at the minute, posted a rave about it a little while back and it seems a lot of Gals are loving it too, for the price. :)

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  11. Recently I've been loving Organic Surge's haircare duos, they leave my hair feeling soft and looking super shiny x

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  12. wow it's been like ages I tried anything form Pantene, don't why but any time I go buy one I don't know what to choose bc of all those different ones they came up with last year, tick hair,color hair,volume, moisturize sometimes I feel like I need them all at same time;)my fav shampoo right now would be Nexxus Luxurious Hydrating Shampoo& since I let my hair air dry in summer times mostly it helps with the frizz thingy too:)after this one is finished I would like to try these pantene ones, for real this time;)have a great day Laura xoxo

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  13. I tried this after a rave review by Beauty Scribbler. I really liked it at first but after a while, it made my scalp a bit itchy. Vosene every day shampoo really makes my hair shine abd I really like A'kin conditioners- a bit like moisturiser for the hair

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  14. I haven't heard of this one, I wonder if it's available at Target. Hmm....

    Ah well, my favorite shampoo & conditioner is Aveda's Smooth Infusion. But it is ridiculously priced. I like the Dove Intensive Daily Treatment shampoo and conditioner. I got it at Costco with a coupon, cheap!!!! And on the plus side it does a good job of keeping me silky. Although if I want to do a beachy hair look I tend to leave the conditioner in for less than recommended. I heart chemicals....

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  15. I am a big Pantene fan and love this range, it leaves my cheveux light and soft, not frizzy (which is amazing because in the humidity my straight shoulder length hair transforms itself into a perm circa 1988 Melanie Griffith Working Girl).

    I love cheaper shampoos & conditioners and I don't remember the last time I paid full price for them, I make sure I stock up on the 3 for 2 offers or 2 for €4 or whatever happens to be the bargain at the time.

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  16. I may have to try this once I get my horrific bonds out! :(
    At the moment all I can use is Racoon shampoo & conditioner.

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  17. I'm always a little cautious with products that people claim leave their hair feeling really clean and light... a few similar shampoos have left my hair feeling quite light(and a little fly-away) the first day but an oily mess the next day because i have to fuss with my hair all of the first day :(

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  18. Uh no, not for me. I have really bad long-time experiences with Pnatene after using it for a few years. I didn't get the silicone-warnings at first, cause my hair looked great, but after three or four years it got really bad. My scalp was a mess and my hair really weigt down. So I'm using siliconefree products only now and rediscovered the body shop last year. I'm using the rainforest shampoo and conditioner (firts used the moisture one, now using rainforest brilliance) and I really, really like it.

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  19. at the moment im really enjoying using kerastase biotic shampoo (but need to switch to the different version as the "dry" is too much on the roots) with aussie lusciously long conditioner. my hair isn't frizzy but has defined waves, yess!

    always preferred pantene to the likes of loreal, especially their range for coloured hair :) x

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  20. Oh no Pantene are rubbish!!! The amount of people who have commented and said how awful these shampoos are has been phenomenal - I'll pass on these x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.com/

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  22. I have been loving Pureology's moisture shampoo and conditioner, as well as Deva Curl's no-poo shampoo. It's for wavy/curly hair and has no lather to it.

    As a hairstylist, I always feel like using Pantene is a sin (ha ha)...but SO many of my clients seem to love it!!

    xoxoKelsey.

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  23. Wish they would bring it to America! I even contacted them to find out, no luck. Yes, I can be that obsessed.

    Trying out Sheer Blonde shampoo at the moment. I have dark dark hair. It's probably not doing anything, I can't tell yet, but meanwhile I like the way it rinses quite smooth. I try to use a more moisturizing conditioner to go with it.

    twitter: @arachelsays

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  24. I've always bypassed Pantene and opted for other brands, namely Aussie and John Frieda. After your rave review though i may have to nip into Boots tomorow and buy it!

    BTW, you should deffo post a 'SWIIIIISSSH' video ;) xx

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  25. I've tried looking for it but I can't find it at the supermarket : (

    Now I'm trying out the new Wella Pro Series and I love it! Plus it's really cheap too!

    www.sheridankristin.blogspot.com

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  26. Currently I use Pantene Pro V Extra Volume Shampoo and conditioner, it's average, no volume more than I already have, BUT I started to mix the conditioner with a big blob of Macademia Healing oil, and my hair is sooo smooth and soft. Also the smell of the oil is more bearable that way :p thanks for sharing :)
    Any moisturizer to recommend for oily/combo ? I'm on the hunt :) Take care :)

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  28. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner is my current favourite. I've got extremely voluminous curly/wavy hair and this gives it such a beautiful shine and leaves me with lovely wavy hair. I also adore that it smells like coconuts - instant holiday nostalgia! :)

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  29. Awesome! Gunna have to give this a go once mine run out :) Im using coconut oil shampoo and conditioner, by some random company, bought in Superdrug, but if you've ever been to canada, it smells EXACTLY like an 'icecap' from Tim Hortons, bit random! Lol :P rachinald.blogspot.com :)

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  30. I love Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (the blue one) - smells like coconut!

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  31. I used to use pantene but had issues with the silicone and havent tried it since. It made my hair so lank and horrible. I might consider using it again but I dont know if I would trust it? Gave your blog a mini shout out on mine today :)xx

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  32. I like the Garnier Fructis Pure Clean line. It makes my hair feel smooth, with no weigh-down, and it smells amazing.

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  33. I'll have to give this a try, you've peaked my curiosity. I am using L'oreal EverSleek Shampoo. It's sulfate free which is nice, but I'm not sure if I would repurchase this exact line again. I would try a different range of shampoo from L'oreal, like their EverStrong. Don't know how different it would be, but it does seem to pull me in with the marketing of "strong hair" :-)

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  34. I tried this a few months ago and, whilst it did make my hair light and very clean feeling, after about three uses it started making me itch, really badly! I stopped using it and switched to Naked haircare, specifically the Blonder and Silky ranges. They really are fantastic on my hair (which is pretty 'normal', straight and fairly thick). I also love the fact that they're free from all the nasties but still very reasonably priced (about £4 a bottle and often 'buy one get one free' in Boots) :) x

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  35. I agree!!! I'm loving this duo right now and it's my July favs by far and I would say my top shampoo and conditioner I have ever used :). I got some more last weekend and they had it in Superdrug half price (I think), so even better! Love the smell to :)
    xxx

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  36. I'm always a little sceptical when I read PR-sponsored product reviews, but most of the time I'll take the blogger's reviews as genuine. I'm definitely more put off by sponsored posts on beauty blogs that have nothing to do with beauty/fashion/lifestyle, e.g. the Fanta sponsored post that was floating around a few weeks ago.

    These have been my go-to products for a few months, and I LOVE them. Most of the time my hair has a mind of its own, so it's nice to find an inexpensive product that manages to control my frizz! But when I'm feeling a bit more indulgent (or if I've been paid), I'll buy Aussie shampoo/conditioners.

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  37. I really liked this shampoo for how clean it made my hair feel and also the really nice scent it has. I've also been loving the V05 Conditioners - mainly because they're really thick so I don't use as much which saves me ££s haha x

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  38. You are one of the only bloggers that I completely trust to review a product 100% honestly and for no ulterior motive.

    And I agree with you about passing on a product due to the PR element.....I've had 12 posts in the last fortnight about Eucerin in my google reader, a brand that I was thinking about trying out, now not so much.

    Oh, and I use Tigi superstar sulphate free shampoo and go between Joico K-Pak reconstructor, Tigi dumb blonde or Aussie 3 min miracle for conditioner! :) x

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  39. I don't know if we have this shampoo in america. Would have loved to try it though. What i'm using now is the L'oreal Vive Pro Color Vive Shampoo & Conditioner for Highlighted Hair since I recently colored my hair. I would alter with Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. And for treatment since I don't blow dry my hair often is the Organix Penetrating Oil. What I'm loving right now is the Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist. Definitely a favorite:)
    I might try the Redken line next for color treated hair.

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  40. Right now I am using Kerastase Chromo line for color treated hair. I really like it, its concentrated so it lasts awhile. I also like Pureology Hydrate but the bottles are dreadful when you get low. I love the smell of all Pantene products, I haven't tried this one but while I was in Europe I wanted something cheap and easy so I used their line for damaged hair and it was quite good. I am always looking for something good for less money but I am so picky haha. LOreal EverPure just isn't Pureology Hydrate no matter how much I want it to be. Kerastase is close and the bottles are better but Hydrate does what you say you love, makes hair silky and smooth no need for straightening.

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  41. i've just started using tresemme naturals shampoo and conditioner. i love it!

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  42. i havent heard of that pantene kind. right now i use the organix brand keratin shampoo and cond. i love it

    Xo

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  43. I would have to say....AG peppermint wash shampoo paired with Redken Real Control hair masque conditioner is what I am loving right now.

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  44. I absolutely love Daily Mirra-moisturizing! Just got it like a week ago but it makes my hair fill like silk!

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  45. I used to love Pantene shampoos/conditioners but I found most of them weighed my hair down. Nice to know this one is lightweight!! I've got to try it!

    Please check me out :) at ykhearts.blogspot.com

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  46. i use i love juicy shampoo by lush as i adore the smell very fruity. then i use any old conditioner just on the ends. but my favourite hair product is one ive bought for 10 years now and its the redken heavy cream, its a hair mask you can leave on as long as you like, it is the only mask that has never left that heavy feel or greasy feel on the hair, your just left with soft bouncy hair.

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  47. I am currently using L'Oreal Light shampoo for oily hair. I had a problem - oily roots and dry ends and since I have super tick mid-length hair I searched for proper products to solve the problem. Went to a salon for Kerastase got very disappointed, then went to Fekkai - again disappointed, then to L'Oreal Professional - did nothing to my hair, until finally a simple, super cheap drugstore product changed everything. I combine the shampoo with a deep conditioner/mask every time I wash my hair and the results are fantastic!

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  48. i thought the exact same when i saw all the posts on this but i might actually give it a go... :D

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  49. i LOVE timotei, sooo cheap but they leave my hair perfect, so soft and shiny and frizz free!! :) i want to try these now though! x

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  50. i love "what ever trevor" and the shampoo too!

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  51. I've never bothered with trying this one, but I might just do on your recommendation! :)

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  52. been using liz earle for almost a year now and my hair has never been healthier or longer. such a pity i have to order online... the other day i used pantene cos i had run out and OMG, my scalp was an itchy greasy mess 2 days later. i'm afraid i have to go SLS free :( my hair is fine but it's the skin on my scalp that has become more and more sensitive over the last years. but like you said each to their own, if it works for you then great :)

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  53. I actually love anything pantene, but don't tell Joshua. lol I use pantene volume plus color care along with some Joico products. xxoo

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  54. The duo I am loving at the moment is John Freida Natural Awakening. I love the minty smell :)

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  55. I'm using Pantene right now as well. I love it. I also use a deep cleaning shampoo once a week. It's just Neutrogena, but it does wonders!

    - Kim
    EatLoveBlog.com

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  56. Sounds worth a try! I use the pink herbal essences and it definitely dries a lot straighter, I hate using any other shampoo now. I sometimes condition with the conditioner that came with my hair dye (i'm blonde) and that makes my hair so soft and definitely blonder

    kate xx

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  57. I reviewed this months ago, used it up then forgot about it, but it's on better than half price at superdrug so grabbed a few bottles! It feels like a detox for your hair, lovely product :)
    Sarah

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  58. I bought this shampoo as a backup for when my Aussie Mega Shampoo runs out (HG hair shamperz!). Looking forward to using it now!

    xxx Kat

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  59. I am a tigi addict!! Ive done the brunette, control freak, some like it hot and head shot. I buy the tweens and although their about £20 they last about 5/6 months.
    Headshot is amazing for dry hair and is great as a hair mask too...not forgetting they all smell unbelivable!
    Will give this one a go- Lovely to have you back Laura. Youve been missed! Liz x

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  60. I use the conditioner sometimes and I feel like my hair can go longer without being washed... My dove conditioner I use makes me hair look nicer but it gets greasier quicker... never found a conditioner that I have 'loved'.

    amygrogan92.blogspot.com
    xx

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  61. I do quite fancy trying this but there's so many shampoo conditioners on the market at the moment I never know what to pick! I'm currently using Creighton's Sunny Blonde from Poundland, it's actually much better than you'd expect - I've used the Brunette one, too :) xo

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  62. I use Pantene flat to volume, but I NEVER heard of or seen THIS Pantene product until I read your blog... I will have to look into this! PS please follow me on my new blog: http://www.ultaismycandystore.blogspot.com/

    -Holly

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  63. I am using this shampoo for the last 3 weeks,I have a sensitive scalp that reacts with any shampoo,even if it is silicon free,even the most expensive ones after 2 weeks give me massive white flakes,this one is been great so far,no dry bits and no itchiness,so to everyone out there with the same problem give it a go!

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  64. I've tried it and i love it, it's just what u said..

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  65. My fave shampoo- and I have tried everything including Biolage, Kerastase, etc. The best one out there is Pantene Beautiful Lengths (Shine) and Khiels Olive Oil conditioner.

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  66. Corres for damaged and coloured hair.

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  67. ive used this duo, great for getting rid of any excess build up from day to day products :)
    defo a bargain product
    http://mademoisellemaria.blogspot.com

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  68. I have been using this duo since December and I love it. It makes my hair feel soft and floaty especially as it can become quite heavy. Plus i found this duo to prolong my hair going greasy to quickly.
    Kelly x

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  69. I currently use Redken All Soft which I only buy (and stock up on) when it is on sale at Ulta. I have been wondering if Pantene can stand up to all of the hype. Thanks for the info...I think I will give it a chance!

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