This $6 Drugstore Shampoo Works Harder Than All My Luxury Hair Products

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MAYA ALLEN

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This $6 Drugstore Shampoo Works Harder Than All My Luxury Hair Products
@MayaAlena

Washing my hair is a ritual for me. I never rush through it. I take my time giving myself a scalp massage and generously lathering rich creams on every strand. When I was introduced to the Pantene Gold Series line, before even falling in love with the products, I fell in love with the story behind the brand. Pantene Gold Series is a line of products made for women with natural hair. The formulas in the collection were created by 11 Black PhD scientists, over 40 hairstylists, and a dermatologist. And they visited over four countries, including Nigeria and Brazil, to test each product on over 3000 women with naturally textured hair. I appreciated that a mass drugstore brand went the extra mile to create a collection that was crafted for women of color by women of color. (And just wait until you see the final result).

Looking for a Pantene review on the Gold Series? Keep scrolling for my rundown.

Pros + Cons

Pros:

  • Gets rid of dirt, debris, and product buildup
  • Has a lightweight feel and keeps hair bouncy
  • Promotes shine

Cons:

  • Contains SLS

Bottom Line

The Pantene Gold Series shampoo cleaned my hair, removed buildup, invoked shine, and revived old extensions.

Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo

BEST FOR: Natural, transitioning, relaxed hair

Uses: Hydration

Star Rating: 5/5

Potential allergens: Contains SLS, alcohol, and fragrance

Clean?: No.

Price: $6

About the brand: Pantene is a mass drugstore haircare brand that offers products for all hair types, from thin and fine to coarse and textured.

Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo
Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo $6
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About My Hair

To give you a bit of background on my texture—I have incredibly soft hair that easily gets weighed down by heavy products. Often, I'll test out the fanciest hair products made of extremely rich ingredients and find that they weigh down my strands, and I lose body and movement in my hair. My hair gets oily super fast, but whenever I use the Pantene Gold Series shampoo and conditioner, they rid my hair of dirt and debris and truly revitalize my tired-looking strands.

The Feel

Here's the rundown of how I use the products in the Gold Series line. First, I wash my hair with the moisture-boosting shampoo. It's paraben-free and infused with argan oil, so my hair immediately feels refreshed. It's lightweight enough so it doesn't leave my strands feeling too oily or heavy but thoroughly moisturized. This product is the start of the shine factor, making this a winning line in my book.

Next, I move on to the Moisture Boost Conditioner ($6), which revitalizes my hair when I need a big re-up in the moisture category. It's sulfate-free and full of strengthening conditioning agents that lock onto your hair cuticles for hydrating while repairing damaged, brittle strands. 

Since I have such soft hair, I'm super prone to breakage. The flat iron is my friend, but it's been my enemy in the past due to over-heating my hair and causing breakage. Whenever I remove my extensions, I let the Repairing Mask Treatment ($16) sit and absorb onto my natural hair for a few hours. It's full of healthy oils and ingredients that bring my hair ultimate softness, shine, and strength. 

After washing, conditioning, blow-drying, and flat-ironing my strands, I use the Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment ($8). It has a serum-like consistency, and a little goes a long way. I pump out a drop and scrunch this onto the ends of my hair to strengthen my brittleness and along my hair shaft for added shine.

The last step in my hair routine is dedicated to my edges. When I'm wearing extensions, I like to smooth down my baby hairs and edges with the Hydrating Butter Creme ($8) that works well on wet or dry hair. I use a boar-bristle brush and drop of this creme to work it into my hair for a super-sleek finish.

The Results

This $6 Drugstore Shampoo Works Harder Than All My Luxury Hair Products
@MayaAlenaa

These Pantene hair products are made for every kind of textured hair, meaning they work just as well on natural curls, braids, and extensions. I'm wearing extensions at the moment and am forever in awe at how shiny and bouncy my hair is after using these products.

The Value

Each product in the line has an under $10 price tag (except for the Repairing Mask Treatment), making this an accessible yet effective product line. Compared to higher-end products on the market that target the same hair texture, the Pantene Gold Series line offers a competitive price for the quality of products you're getting.

Similar Products: You have options

  • DreamGirls Renewing Shampoo: Though pricier than the Moisture-Boost Shampoo at $25, this shampoo removes excess product buildup to reveal shine, promote body, and revitalize the hair and scalp.
  • Vernon Francois Whipped Deep Conditioner: Similar to the Repairing Mask Treatment in texture, this nutrient-filled deep conditioner ($39), contains jojoba oil and keratin amino acids to hydrate and strengthen strands.

Our Verdict

Head to your local drugstore and cop this affordable collection that'll give you glamorous red carpet hair. Trust me: I'd choose this over any luxury product.

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