Monday, 27 October 2014

Pantene Pro-V Volume Booster Dry Shampoo (review)

This is my new favourite dry shampoo. There, I said it. If you've been following Beauty Insignia for a while you know I've tried a LOT of dry shampoos so Pantene's Volume Booster version has to be good for me to make such a bold claim. However, I don't expect all of you to agree with me, so read on to find out why it might not be for you!

Pantene Pro-V Volume Booster Dry Shampoo
There was a flurry of dry shampoo launches in recent weeks; Pantene's take was one of at least four new entrants that appeared on the shelves all at the same time. I've got Volume Booster for fine hair but there's also Colour Saviour for coloured hair an Instant Refresh for normal hair, so something for everyone in theory.

Volume Booster is designed to absorb oil while giving your hair body and bounce. It's low effort and “instantly refreshing”. These are pretty standard dry shampoo claims, but this performed above and beyond my expectations. The spray is easy to aim and delivers a strong spritz of near invisible powder. There's no brushing out required, you'll hardly notice it in on appearances alone!

What's more, a quick massage with fingers gives you amazing volume and texture. It's quite the best I've ever used; the results were so impressive. Some of you won't like the feel of the product in your hair. The “clean look and feel” Pantene promises is only half accurate. Yes, your hair looks clean, but it feels 'heavy'. I don't mind a jot, though, as there's a noticeable amount of additional volume.
Pantene Pro-V Volume Booster Dry Shampoo

Another potential downside is brushing it out. The residue it leaves behind made my hair rather difficult to de-knot. It needed extensive combing with a wide-toothed comb before a brush could go anywhere near it. While normally I'd mark a product down heavily for this, I refer you back to the impressive volumising abilities and all is forgiven. My hair is rather thick, though, I use this to get extra drama – those with fine hair might have less of a problem.

It's reasonably priced – there are cheaper options, but bearing in mind the performance on offer, I think it's good value – but it's not a natural option at all. It's not ecologically friendly, either, as it's made with too many suspect ingredients and is tested on animals. The can is also tricky to read with many, many languages crammed on the back in a tiny font. There's no clear distinction between them.

Overall I'm impressed. It's a genuinely volumising and genuinely effective oil-absorbing, hair-refreshing dry shampoo. It's been gentle on my coloured red hair, too, and I think it's OK value for money. All-in-all a worthwhile purchase but I appreciate that the fact it's made by a Proctor & Gamble company will put animal rights activists right off plus a non-aersol would be far preferable, but non-aerosol products lack the ease of use. If Pantene could address these concerns we'd have the perfect product.

Brilliant volumising properties
Leaves hair feeling a bit gritty
Great at texturising, too
Bit tricky to brush out
Almost invisible on application
Not a natural or eco choice


Brand: Pantene

Size: 180 ml
Price: £3.99 (£2.22/100 ml)

Manufactured: n/a

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Butane, Propane, Isobutane, Tapioca Starch, Aqua, Silica, Parfum, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Panthenol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Amyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclyohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

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