Pantene Pro-V: Get The Shampoo, Skip The Conditioner

Pantene Pro-V takes a swing at volumizing.
Publish date:
March 10, 2015
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When I think of drugstore shampoo, I think of Pantene Pro-V. I used it plenty as a kiddo; as soon as I got a say of what went into the cart I grabbed it without even thinking.

The price is right, but is it worth it?

Currently, Pantene has been pushing the concept of full hair at any texture. Taking a look at today’s hair heroes like Zooey Deschanel, it’s clear that big, full hair is the look, whether you're straight or curly.

As a medium/fine haired bb, I can always use more body, but a shampoo has to tick more boxes to get my stamp of approval. Does Pantene hit the mark? Find out below!

What: Pantene Pro-V Full and Strong Body Building Shampoo and Flexible ConditionerIntended Users: For finer texturesIntended Results: To strengthen hair and build bodyPrice: Body Building Shampoo and Flexible Conditioner - $3.99, eachPrice Per Ounce: $.33

Notable inclusions and exclusions: What's contained within is a bit basic, sure, but it's OK to be basic. The 'poo is an SLS+Silicone-based formula with vitamins C, E, and B5, which is known to boost body and fill in missing proteins. The conditioner is of a similar breakdown, with dimethicone, panthenol (B5) and a slightly off-putting amount of alcohols.

Overall Impression

Body Building Shampoo: This was pretty decent! Better than I expected, for sure. I got MAJOR suds and was very, very happy to not feel any dryness before conditioning. I was actually into the crisp apple scent and washing power. Not bad, Pantene! *Golf Clap*

Rating: 2 out of 5 Cat heart eyes emojis

Flexible Conditioner: I really wanted to be impressed by this--and if you know me, you know I'm biased toward conditioners--but this was just meh city bitch meh meh city bitch. With its slip and sweet, tart, candy-like scent, it just didn't work for me. When my hair was wet I could feel the silicones, and after it was blown out--though it was free of buildup and grease--it wasn't very soft. I will say this: I got some lift. So maybe it wouldn't hurt to use it again, if I added a great serum or styling cream. (P.S. I skip all but basic thermal protection when I’m testing a new shampoo/conditioner, so as not to taint the results.)

Rating: 1 out of 5 Cat Heart Eye emojis


All in all, the shampoo ain’t bad, but the conditioner simply does not make the cut.

I’m sure there are more moisturizing options from Pantene--Full and Soft, perhaps? If you need body and an affordable shampoo, definitely reach for the shampoo.

  • Who is a Pantene regular? Tell me your fave options!
  • What is your favorite drugstore volumizing shampoo and/or conditioner?

Photos: Darnell Scott