Review – Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Range & #ShineStrong Campaign

Pantene Smooth & Sleek Review

If you’re a regular here on the blog, then you’ll know my hair is my pride and joy.  It’s also the bane of my existence.  I’m constantly on the hunt for hair care products that will make my hair stronger, healthier, shinier and less prone to breakage.  As most of you may know, I used to be a platinum blonde and that means I bleached the living heck out of my poor tresses.  My natural hair colour is a mousy brown colour, which I’m sure suits a lot of people out there but for me, it was just a little bit too boring.  So for +- 10 years, I used visit my hair stylist every 8 weeks to top up my highlights.

My hair has been through the ringer, trust me.  The day my mom said “Yes.” to me dyeing my hair (I can’t remember the exact date but I think it was when I was around 16 or 17), it literally changed my life.  I’ve always loved experimenting with all things beauty and my hair colour has been everything from blue-black, to bright red, to platinum blonde.  I still want to dye my hair pastel pink and pastel purple one day, but I think I’ll hold off on that until I’m a trendy granny (think Iris Apfel).

The point of that very long intro is that I know what damaged hair looks and feels like.  I think a lot of women see their hair as a reflection of their identity (I know I do).  When I’m having a really bad hair day, I often feel like my whole day has gone down the drain.  Think about it:  Why do women dye their hair so often (not to mention if they’re going grey)?  Why is someone’s self-esteem affected when they suffer from hair loss?  And why do women sometimes change their hair colour or hair style after going through some big change in their life (divorce / breakup)?

I figured I would do a type of ‘Currently Testing’ blog post, since I have a feeling you are going to see A LOT of these Pantene #ShineStrong campaign / review blog posts pop up soon (especially after the 31st of May) and I don’t want my blog post to get lost amongst the others.

I like to keep things open and honest here on the blog, so please note this is a sponsored blog post.  That means I am being paid to test the Pantene shampoo and conditioner for a period of 1 month.  Pantene sent me their new damage-blocker formula Smooth & Sleek 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner to test, and I’ll be giving you my first impressions of this dynamic duo.  I am, however, not expected to give the products a positive review.  And I would never EVER give any product a positive review just because it was sent to me or I was being paid to feature it.

Pantene Shine Strong Campaign

As mentioned in this blog post, healthy hair is pretty much my ultimate beauty goal – so I’m always looking for hair care products that will 1. protect my hair against environmental and heat damage; and 2. leave my hair feeling silky soft.  I also won’t mind an affordable price tag!  Here’s what you can expect from the new & improved Pantene Pro-V damage-blocker formula:

♥  We all know heat tools, brushing and chemical treatments damage our hair – but did you know that some minerals in tap water poses a threat to your hair too?  While water may be good for the body’s level of copper ions, other minerals found naturally in all sources of water erode the hair’s protein layer.

♥  The antioxidants in Pantene’s new Pro-V formula help to reduce the levels of copper, thereby slowing down the oxidative damage process with each wash.  Oxidation literally creates ‘holes’ in the hair strands, which causes hair to become brittle, and more prone to breakage.

♥  This new damage-blocker technology preserves hair proteins which are the building blocks of healthy hair, strengthening the hair fibre from the inside out.

♥  All the shampoos in all the Pantene Pro-V ranges have the new damage-blocker formula.

♥  The Smooth & Sleek range tames frizz-prone hair for a sleek style, and locks out humidity.

I’ve been testing the Smooth & Sleek 2-in-1 Shampoo and the Smooth & Sleek Conditioner for about 3 weeks now, here are my thoughts:

WEEK 1 – I used the Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner 3 times during that week as I usually only wash my hair every second day.  My hair felt clean, yet soft after each shampoo.  I was very happy to see that the shampoo didn’t leave my hair feeling squeaky clean, this is a pet peeve of mine – shampoos that leave my hair feeling almost ‘too clean’.  I usually double cleanse my hair (shampoo twice) but with the Smooth & Sleek 2-in-1 shampoo, I felt once was sufficient.  The shampoo lathered up really nicely, and rinsed out easily as well.

WEEK 2 – During this particular week, the conditioner stood out to me.  I noticed my hair felt really soft and smooth without being weighed down.  Thinking about it now, it was probably because I was also using the 2-in-1 shampoo.  With a 2-in-1 shampoo you are basically getting the best of both worlds, because it’s a cleansing shampoo that also contains conditioning ingredients.  I went to quite a few press events / media launches during that particular week & was styling my hair every second day.  I noticed my hair looked a bit less dry & frizzy once blow dried & styled, and my hair felt softer to the touch.  This is a welcome change as my hair tends to be more dry and frizzy during the colder Autumn / Winter months.

WEEK 3 – This is where things changed…  My hair started to look dull and felt weighed down.  It must be because of the 2-in-1 shampoo formula (my hair isn’t used to a conditioning shampoo).  I remember using a 2-in-1 shampoo a few years ago and experienced the same thing…product build-up.  The only thing that will help with product build-up is to use a clarifying shampoo.  Pantene’s Aqua Light shampoo should do the trick, but I’ll finish the trial period before using another shampoo.  I’ve started using almost no conditioner (since the shampoo already contains a bit of conditioner anyway) and have found that it helps to some extent but I can still see and feel a bit of build-up.  I must admit, my hair does still feel soft to the touch with a bit of bounce towards the ends.  I’m also using more dry shampoo to try give my roots a bit more body & volume, but it’s a vicious circle because I’m actually just adding to the product build-up.

Overall Experience:  I’ve enjoyed giving my hair a bit of a ‘damage detox’.  I can’t really comment on whether my hair feels healthier after using this new formula, because the 2-in-1 shampoo formula has made my hair look and feel slightly weighed down.  With things like these (testing out a product), one needs to consistently use a product for well over 1 month to actually see / feel a difference.  I always say, you can only really tell whether a product has delivered on its promises if you have finished every last drop of it.  My hair feels soft and looks smooth & shiny, but as mentioned above, I feel it also looks a bit weighed down at the roots.  I’ll let you know how Week 4 went on my social media platforms – so make sure you follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Will I continue to use the Pantene Pro-V range with damage-blocker formula?  I’ll continue using the conditioner, as it was definitely my favourite product from the duo.  I’m sure if I find the correct Pro-V range for my hair type (perhaps the Aqua Light range), I will be a lot happier with the results.  I can’t give the 2-in-1 shampoo a negative review because it just wasn’t right for my specific hair type (oily roots & dry ends).  If you have dry & brittle hair all around (no oily roots), then I think the Smooth & Sleek 2-in-1 shampoo will be a perfect fit for you.

Protecting your hair against environmental damage, without having to add a step to your hair care routine or without having to spend extra money on an additional product is always great.  I see it this way:  With the new Pantene damage blocking formulas you are getting a bang for your buck, because the products still retail for the same price (R 42,99 each) but you get the added benefit of protecting your hair against protein-porosis.

Top Tip:  If you’re a swimmer, always coat your hair with conditioner before entering the water.  This helps shield the cuticle from strand-shredding chlorine.



  1. Simone Cameron
    25 May 2015 / 10:21

    Thanks for the review. I used to use Pantene years back and found initially my hair was so sleek and smooth….but then it just stopped working…which I found strange.

    I must admit I am IN LOVE with what I’m currently using, the Joico (Gold bottle range…I forget the name) and the Moroccan Oil heat protection spray…that stuff is like liquid gold. It protects without weighing your hair down at all. Not sure if you’ve ever tried it. I don’t know…it would take a lot for me to stop using the Joico at this stage… he he.

    Bubble tea madness has hit PE! Yesterday the machine that closes the cup….it was already broken after 3 days! But boy oh boy, that stuff is soooo good! The mall is a bit of a disaster though, not complete and I queued for 20 minutes just to order one bubble tea. Hoping the madness ends soon. Have not tried your combo yet, but I promise I will. I am getting used to having my fave at the moment, pineapple and strawberry 🙂

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:40

      I think it’s always good to change your hair care products out every few months, because your hair gets used to a certain formula. I always like to use different combos of shampoo & conditioners whenever I wash my hair – it was actually quite weird for me to use only 1 type of shampoo and 1 type of conditioner every time I washed my hair this past month.

      I’ve never used Joico, but I love Moroccanoil products!

      Yay! So happy everyone on PE can experience the magic that is Bubble Tea! Wow! A 20-minute queue!? Dang…

      • Simone Cameron
        27 May 2015 / 11:39

        Not sure which Joico would be appropriate for your hair, but definitely do give it a go if you get it on special somewhere.(A bit out of my budget so was a good score in a secret box last year)

        My daughter’s hair is all the way to her bum, thick and frizzy…real coloured hair….lol….and the Joico has been amazing. I really can’t rave about it enough. And then if you haven’t tried the MO heat spray….you have to!

        My sister had bubble tea yesterday and she agrees it’s the…soon the whole world will be converted…lol.

  2. Verushka
    25 May 2015 / 11:14

    Thank you for always being so honest, your readers appreciate it. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:41

      It’s only a pleasure, Verushka. 🙂

  3. Roxy
    25 May 2015 / 11:19

    Haha @ Iris Apfel. I love her, she’s so fab!

    I’m going to give the Aqua Light range a go, I have the same hair type as you oily roots and dry tips. Thanks for being open and honest about the sponsored part, I always respect that about you. XO

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:43

      I know, right!? She’s my ultimate style goal for one day when I’m an old granny… 😉

      Test it out & let me know how the Aqua Light range works out for you.

      It’s a pleasure, Roxy – I’ll always be open & honest about everything I do here on the blog.

  4. Taz
    25 May 2015 / 11:27

    My hair is frazzled in a major way, so this range might be exactly what I need. Sorry the 2-in-1 shampoo didn’t work for you, maybe try another range?

    Your photos always make me want to go out and buy everything you feature here on your blog. 😀

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:43

      Yep, I’ll be picking up their Aqua Light shampoo this week. 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words, Taz!

  5. Qondiswa N
    25 May 2015 / 12:11

    Aw sorry the shampoo didn’t work out for you but at least you enjoyed the conditioner. 🙂

    I always enjoy reading your review blog posts, even when the products are not relevant to me.

    Qondi xx

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:44

      I really did enjoy the conditioner, it made my hair feel super soft & smooth to the touch.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts & leaving a comment, Qondi. 🙂 x

  6. Jess
    25 May 2015 / 12:26

    So much respect for you as a blogger. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:44

      Thank you so much for saying that, Jess!

  7. Lauren Henderson
    25 May 2015 / 14:03

    I’ve always been a fan of Pantene hair products, their heat protecting spray is top quality! I didn’t even know they improved the formula of their shampoos. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:45

      Now you know & you can test out their new formula for yourself. 😉

  8. Estee
    25 May 2015 / 14:45

    Great review, Luzanne, your honesty is much appreciated. My hair is exactly the same as yours, it just can’t handle intense shampoo and conditioners. That’s why I alternate between a clarifying shampoo and a normal everyday shampoo, I find it reall helps keep my oily roots under control.

    Have a fabtastic Monday!

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:46

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, Estee. I also prefer alternating between difference shampoo & conditioners each time I wash my hair. 🙂

  9. Melissa ❀
    25 May 2015 / 18:34

    I love Iris Apfel too! She’s so cool! 😀

    Loved reading this review, I can always count on you to give me an honest review on your experiences. Thank you for being one of few bloggers who actually care enough to disclose that they’re being paid to test or review products.

    Much love, Melissa ❀

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:46

      She’s very cool! 😉

      You’re welcome, Melissa! x

  10. Nicole Bekkers
    25 May 2015 / 18:34

    Great review (I like your week by week breakdown)… thanks for being honest! I have used numerous versions of pantene in the past (usually when the budget is tight) but it always resulted in a weighed down feeling and buildup. Pantene is loaded with silicones which is the culprit with most drugstore ranges… Im usually very skeptical of those brands. However, I can not rave enough about Hask! I have mentioned it to you before. Its a must try!

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:49

      I used Pantene products for years & years back when I was in high school and I never had issues with product buildup. But back then I also didn’t style my hair & add other styling products, so I guess I got just the right amount of silicones & conditioning ingredients from the shampoo and conditioner.

      I forget to look out of their products each time I’m at the shops, will try to remember next time! 😉

  11. 26 May 2015 / 08:01

    Lovely review…I have a Brazilian blow dry in my hair to combat my frizz (I get one every 3-4 months) I need to use a sulphate free shampoo and was wondering if this range of pantene was sulphate free? and if you’d recommend it for treated hair?

    • Luzanne
      26 May 2015 / 10:51

      I sent them an email & asked them if they have a sulphate free shampoo. I just received a reply, apparently their Repair & Protect shampoo is sulphate free. 🙂 The dark teal green range.

  12. Kelley Petersen
    26 May 2015 / 21:35

    Hello Luzanne. Thank you for your bias free article and your honesty. This is what I really love about your blog, that you are always sincere, genuine and authentic!

    I have been hearing about the new Pantene range and I am so grateful for your honest review… which now saves me from having to deal with the disappointment of another ‘new’ product use that just doesn’t significantly improve my hair. I have the same problem as you, oily roots & scalp and dry tips. Product buildup is the absolute WORST! Perhaps I will try the conditioner though.

    Thanks again Luzanne. I love your blog!

    Kind regards

  13. Tjoppie
    27 May 2015 / 13:30

    Your hair always looks so healthy and shiny! Pantene shampoo is also a great favourite of mine.

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