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Doing Drugstore: Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo

Don't hate me because I'm reviewing this.

It had been more than 10 years since I last used a Pantene product, so when I crashed at a friend's house a few weeks ago, I was excited to try her Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo. It promises stronger, shinier hair, and so I immediately imagined myself having that glimmering hair that always shows up in the commercials.

Unfortunately, that is not what I got. Instead, after blow-drying my hair, I had a flat mess on my hands. And even though I'd rinsed well in the shower and skipped the conditioner, my hair just didn't feel clean—there was a slight coating on it. Oh, but that was only the beginning. As the day wore on, my scalp started to itch. During my flight home, I had to discreetly scratch the heck out of it, and—yech, this could be TMI—I had a waxy residue on my scalp. The next day, I used my regular shampoo, and the itching was gone. Sadly, this is not a product I'll be trying again.

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KnotLisa KnotLisa 8 years
For the past week my hair suddenly started falling out by the handful during each shampoo, conditioning and gentle combing. My skin started breaking out around my hairline.Both problems I've never had before. I thought I had an illness or was vitamin deficient somehow. After quickly researching possible causes for this, I realized it was actually this shampoo! Then I stupidly switched to Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Loreal 'new' Vive Pro Hydra Gloss conditioner with royal jelly and it is even worse. I'm running to my salon to get good products now and hope its not too late to save my hair. All because I was trying to save a few dollars. Buyer BEWARE.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
concon, great rec. I'd also love to see a list of the best and worst. I'm especially interested in drugstore brands. Yes, I'll splurge on the occassional Matrix, which I'm using now, but drugstore brands, please.
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
Pantene is a shame.
1concon1 1concon1 9 years
bella, can you make a list of good and bad shampoos? thanks mucho!
starrynights88 starrynights88 9 years
Wow, I'm really shocked to hear all this. It's really weird because I tried a lot of shampoos and now stick with pantene. I heard its bad to skip around and if you have pantene you hafta stick with it.. I used the volumizing one when I cut my hair shorter and it definitely worked. I have VERY fine hair. My hair is usually dry, frizzy, and weird and before I tried sammy, which left my hair dry, sunsilk which made my hair sticky and weighted, and herbal essences dried it out. I use the daily moisture renewal w/ the conditioner and use loreal heat straightening cream after I towel-dry. I blow-dry and straighten with Sedu and I have to say my hair comes out really nice. I use the Pantene shine shampoo, which really doesn't live up to that promise but works as a clarifying shampoo, once a week. I like the restoratives line too my hair used to be RIDICULOUSLY damaged and frizzy so to be honest this is a shock to me. I might try more expensive brands later on when I'm not sucha broke college student but for now pantene really works for my hair.. It probably depends I guess.
sneepyiie sneepyiie 9 years
Hmm now that you mentioned the itchyness and flatness results after using the product, I think I have had my share of that experience too. I bought the "volumizing" shampoo+conditioner in one bottle thinking that it would give me this voluminous and "un-flat" hair. What I got was flatness and constant itchyness. Any shampoo out there that has been known to give hair volume?
Sourire54 Sourire54 9 years
I used to use Pantene when I was a teenager. Then, as I got older, my selection in beauty products seemed to grow up too. Just this past week, I ran out of my favorite Matrix shampooo and conditioner AND the backup Redken Extreme. So I grabbed the Pantene from the guest bathroom to tie me over until I went to Trade Secret. UGH. My hair has been SO waxy and my scalp has been itchy too!!! It's ridiculous! I am so going to Trade Secret. I don't think I even have the heart to leave the nasty Pantene in the guest bathroom.
CharismaGal CharismaGal 9 years
I used to drink the Pantene Kool-Aid and my hair was beautiful. But then it's like the formula changed overnight and I couldn't get a good hair day if my life depended on it. After hopping from brand to brand, I settled on Dove. I tried a sample and that very same day, I went to Sam's and bought giant pump bottles of the Shampoo and Conditioner. I do switch it up depending on my needs and what samples I get to try, but I don't think I'll ever go back to Pantene (but I do love their silicone serum, if it's on sale and I'm out, I'll buy it).
kerish kerish 9 years
Pantene for Curly hair works for me ..well i do see an increase in curls as it says but i have never been a fan before it dries the hair ..I was pleasantly surprise when my curls look nice and springy..
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I don't like the way Pantene products smell - to me, very heavily scented. I have been loving the Lush shampoo Rehab. Not tested on animals. I have a tiny bottle and it's lasted forever!!
capeartist capeartist 9 years
Wow, I had the same experience with Pantene the first time It tried it - my scalp was so itchy. As soon as I switched shampoos the itch went away. I have never used any Pantene products since!
Advah Advah 9 years
That's really interesting to know, since I've always had amazing results with Pantene (except now I know they test on animals booo). Is it the same for Herbal Essence? I'd love to hear about good and affordable shampoos, other than L'Oreal.
poshy poshy 9 years
Actually, Head & Shoulder is pretty good for a drug store brand, I'm surprise that no one mention it on here yet. My scalp is extremely sensitive, I have tried many brands including two organic brands. So far, Head & Shoulder's Refresh is doing a good job for my hair and scalp~
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
My teacher at Cosmetology school is completely against Pantene. She uses it to clean her toilets and the rust around her house. It's great for that and way too harsh on your hands. After using professional products I'll never go back. They are so much better for your hair and you can tell just by touching them because they're thicker and richer.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
WOW! Great reads, you guys! I thought my hair stylist was trying to sell me product when she told me that Pantene was all of the above. Now I know. I'm going to throw it in the trash.
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 9 years
wow...I was sitting here beside my boyfriend telling him, "Wow, I think I had the exact same experience with my shampoo-" And he was like, "We've already had this conversation." "No we haven't." "Yes, we have. Like, 2 years ago. You said you hated it and said it made your hair feel 'waxy'." :O I remembered instantly and my jaw dropped! I can't believe you used the same word as me. What horrible shampoo!! Thanks so much for this review, esp since I like to jump around in shampoo/conditioners and I wouldn't have remembered otherwise.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I like Pantene OK, but it's not a staple. It never makes my hair flat or greasy, but I have very coarse hair. I've NEVER had ANY shampoo alone leave my hair feeling greasy. Wow.
wthello wthello 9 years
But it's only Classic Clean for me. Smooth and Silky sucks, as does Ice Shine. Just my humble opinion.
wthello wthello 9 years
Woah, I must be the only person who LOVES the stuff. I always get compliments on my hair, but maybe I'm just lucky, since it doesn't seem to matter what I use.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
Sheesh, these comments make me feel like maybe I'm using the wrong shampoo for my hair. I've tried a wide variety, but my scalp is perpetually itchy, although I don't have dandruff. Lately I've been using Frederic Fekkai shampoo and conditioner, but even that leaves me really itchy. Anyone have any suggestions before I go bald?!
mae177 mae177 9 years
oh my gosh. this happened to me too. i haven't had a chance to stop by a salon to pick up my usual shampoo and conditioner, so i decided to try the daily moisture renewal, since it promises what my usual shampoo and conditioner does. it's horrible, and after so many hours, makes my scalp unbelievably itchy. tomorrow, i'm FINALLY going to go back to my paul mitchell. =
olyf olyf 9 years
Oh my goodness. I'm so glad I stopped by to check out the comments. I've totally experienced the exact same flat, coated hair thing-y from using Pantene.
vanilla19 vanilla19 9 years
The couple of times I've used Pantene it just seemed to dry out my hair and make it frizzy. My favorite shampoos are Jonathan and Paul Mitchell.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I never use Pantene; I stopped about 6 yrs ago. I had the same waxy feeling; my hair felt/looked greasey and weighed down. I got flakes because of product build-up; that happened within days of using it. I now use a few different shampoos: Ojon, Fredrik Fekkai, WEN, Nexxus. I mix it up every few weeks. I think if you have no choice but to buy a drugstore shampoo, go with Herbal Essences or Neutrogena.
Professorluv Professorluv 9 years
That is pretty bad bellasugar! I defintly won't be using it!
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