The “Swish” Factor? Pantene Pro-V NEW Aqualight Range

Posted by Lipglossiping On July - 15 - 2010

With my fine hair, I’ll happily admit that I don’t always use conditioner.  I love how conditioner makes my hair feel smoother and softer, but I simply feel that with each extra product I use on my hair, the heavier my hair feels once dried.  With my current hairstyle (a bob) – it’s important to get a bit of root lift to stop my hair looking lank.

Pantene Pro-V’s new Aqualight Range is designed with one thing in mind.  Weightlessness.  It achieves this with some clever technology which I’ll try to summarise as well as I can.

1. Slimmed-Down Silicone. The Aqualight Range has re-evaluated the amount of silicone needed in products for those with finer hair.  Simple no?

2. Clean-Rinse Technology. Making the products as water-soluble as possible means that not only will the product rinse away faster, it will also leave less residue on the hair.

There were other sciencey things that involved molecules and the way in which they break apart, but I’m not gonna pretend to you that I understood it enough to explain it in layman’s terms!

There are 4 products in the range:

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo – New Clean-Rinse Technology allows the products to be rinsed fast meaning hair feels cleaner and lighter. RRP £2.19 (250ml), £3.69 (500ml)

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Conditioner – New “Liquid Conditioning” ingredients which stay liquid at room temperature and provide optimum conditioning levels without excess deposits.  RRP £2.19 (200ml), £3.69 (400ml)

Pantene Pro-C Aqua Light Spray Rinse-Off Treatment – A clever, ultra-light intensive hair treatment for extra nourishment without weighing hair down. RRP £3.99

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Leave-In Treatment Spray – A lightweight nourishing spray to style and refresh your hair between washes.  The clever “dual phase” formulation contains nourishing ingredients at the top and detangling refreshing ingredients at the bottom. RRP £3.99

First impressions from my samples are good.  Better than good!  After washing and conditioning, my hair feels gently nourished yet light.  But where I really notice it making a difference, is after styling.

I shampoo, condition and then style with a root lifting product and the lift seems to last far longer than normal.  My idea of ‘styling’ is the rather lame “pointing the hairdryer at my roots and hoping for the best” trick, but I’m delighted with the results all the same.

I’m in love with the Aqua Light Rinse-Off Treatment too which is seemingly doing wonders for my dry ends.  Ok, they’re still splitting (need a haircut STAT!)… but they feel smoother and less rough when I roll them between my fingers.  Completely unscientific testing going on here!  I’m a bit unsure about the Aqua Light Leave-In Treatment Spray though.  The whole range smells beautiful and this is no exception.. but I just can’t get it to ‘refresh’ my hair.  It gives it a touch of gloss… but at the moment, I’m not noticing much more than that.

Honestly, I’m always seduced by new hair products that work fabulously well for a couple of months before they simply stop working, so I’ll be sure to come back and update this post if anything changes as I work my way through the products.

I think the Aqua Light range has been out in parts of Europe for a little while but I’ve spotted the shampoo and conditioner online at Tesco last weekend, so I look forward to hearing what you guys think about the range too!

Before you go, I’m curious!  Would you lovely ladies mind letting me know if I’m alone in shunning conditioner in preference for more ‘swishable’ hair?

Do you use conditioner every time you wash your hair?

  • Yes (78%, 126 Votes)
  • No (22%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 162

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23 Responses to “The “Swish” Factor? Pantene Pro-V NEW Aqualight Range”

  1. Great review! I’ve got fine hair (but lots of it) and I like to co-wash my hair, it works well for me. I occasionally use Boots clarifying shampoo to get rid of product/dry shampoo buildup and don’t really use shampoo all that much, think I might give this range a go though! 😀

    • The thought of co-washing terrifies me! The hairdresser I visited this week told me that although my hair is fine… it’s also bizarrely heavy… hence it doesn’t hold curls for longer than 30 minutes before dropping. I totally wanna feel your hair now though, I bet it’s soft! (is that creepy? lol!)

  2. I’m a hair care snob and never thought I would ever say I liked a Pantene product (way too much detergent and silicone guys), but I actually really like the Aqua Light range! I don’t use the shampoo regularly because I think it will dry my dry scalp out eventually, but the conditioner makes my long (seriously needs a cut) hair feel silky and tamed without weighing it down. Plus it doesn’t make the top of my back itchy where my hair hangs down… which products with more silicone usually do.

    I can’t believe you don’t use conditioner every time you wash your hair! If I did that, I don’t think I’d be able to get a comb through my hair!

    • I’m the same as you. I really had reservations about the range, glad it’s working well for you too – your hair is gorgeous, I can’t believe it’s unmanageable!

  3. NItzan says:

    I saw some images in several beauty blogs and it’s looks like a great products. Hope they will bring it to Israel as well because i”m so curious!

    Love Love Love your Blog! :)

  4. Andrea says:

    I, like you, have fine hair, plus my hair is quite oily so I only condition every other time I wash my hair, sometimes less often than that. My hair is definitely lighter when I don’t condition.

    I’ve seen a few reviews of this lately so I think it might give it a try.

  5. Mika chan says:

    I’ve never tried this particular kind of Pantene Pro-V, but I am a long time fan of them! I don’t really use their shampoos, but their conditioners make an EXCELLENT styling creme for my curly hair! I put a little bit in after I’m done washing, and let it air dry. I’ve not found anything that works so well for me yet, except for the Moroccan Oil Curl Creme.

    As for your question, I ALWAYS use conditioner. In fact, there are times where I “co-wash” my hair, and never use shampoo. But like I said, I have very curly (and very thick) hair. :)

  6. Claire says:

    Nope, I never use conditioner or my hair just doesn’t feel clean. It makes it very lank and just looks crap. I’m excited to try the conditioner from this range though incase it helps!

  7. Scientific Housewife says:

    Sounds like a great product! I have thick, frizzy hair so I need something to actually weigh it down!

  8. Kimberley says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    I always use conditioner! Its a must for my type of hair. Its super curly when not straightened and feels really dry if I miss that step.

    http://beautifullyflourished.blogspot.com/

  9. Rebecca says:

    I shun conditioner occasionally because I am lazy :p

  10. Delmis says:

    very nice review! (:
    Im considering buying this new line of shamps!
    I have to use some styling products for my hair just because its curly and it gets frizzy/poofy and sometimes it feels too heavy and icky but ill give it a go! 😀

  11. Stephanie says:

    I wonder if this is available to be bought in the U.S online anywhere..hmm

  12. Elena says:

    I’m not a big fan of Pantene products, but I’m in a budget right now and these could be a good alternative. Could you please pretty please take a pic of the Conditioner’s ingredient list? I’s really appreciate it.

  13. Heather says:

    I’m in the US, so I don’t think this product is out here, but they recently released a really interesting range over here. My hair sounds just like yours and I’ve been using the US range. I don’t even use the conditioner very often because the shampoo doesn’t overdry. Here’s the link: http://www.pantene.com/en-US/hair-care-collections/fine-hair-products.aspx

  14. claudia says:

    hi… i just would pantene shampoo, because its GREAT quality, but i have dandruff, :( no pantene for dranduff hair:(

  15. G. Vigrass says:

    I recently bought “Aqua Light” shampoo in London and loved it. I’ve checked the U.S stores for this product and there are two that seem comparable, but I have no idea which is exactly what i bought in the U.K.
    Is there any way to buy “Aqua Light” from a vendor in the U.K.?

  16. Caroline says:

    no way I’ll be using this. it contains both sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate.

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