hair and lies.

Everyone, at some time in their life, has been told in more or less words: “oh no, don’t use Pantene. It’s so bad for your hair. The WORST, even!”

Whether it be your hairdresser, your girlfriend, or – in my case – my heterosexual male friend with seriously impressive hair, every girl has been told that Pantene ain’t worth the pennies. When asked ‘why?’, your hairdresser/girlfriend/hetero-mate has probably come up with an answer that hasn’t really satisfied your desperate plea for more information, but has still got you walking past that sexily understated packaging in the supermarket aisle.

The most common ‘naughty words’ associated with Pantene are without a doubt: silicone coating. But does anyone really know why a silicone coat on your precious little locks would be so tragic? Well, thanks to super-awesome panelists Barney Martin (hairstylist extraordinaire), Dr Jasmin Karsono (Pantene’s senior scientist), and Tony Pearce (Pantene’s expert trichologist), I now have all the answers.

So here’s the deal: a silicone coating does pretty much what it says it’s gonna… coats each strand of hair with silicone.

Does this damage your hair? No, why would it?!

Sure, a silicone coating might not nourish the hair like a fancy new ‘oil’ may do, but it certainly does protect your shiny little mane from further damage. You see, that little coat makes brushing and styling easier as it reduces that nasty little business we call “friction”.

Are you sold? Wow, seriously, not yet? OK, fine.

So you’re worried it’s going to block your colour or your hair won’t get all that special nourishment or maybe you’ll just get a freakish build up of product in your hair? One wash and it’s gone. Simple as that. A silicone build up doesn’t hang around like a bad smell – well, unless you’re not washing your hair, which is totally gross by the way – if you are shampooing like you should be. And if you are really concerned, run out the door (seriously, like right now!) and grab yourself a detoxifying shampoo. I’ve listed some hot options below.

You’re so sold now, huh?  (Thought so.)

The best tips for keeping your hair in tip top shape? Never bypass conditioner, treat your hair to a little treatment weekly, protect from heat styling, eat body-nourishing foods, and don’t be so afraid of a little silicone protection either.

You can’t knock it until you try it.



Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo; Aveda Shampure Shampoo; Sebastian Light Shampoo


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