Drugstore Discovery of the Week: Pantene Lightens Up-------
Full disclosure: When it comes to my hair, I only use drugstore shampoos. I’ve been using Pantene since I was a teenager and while I have strayed before, I always go back. The only exception is once a week when I lather with Neutrogena Anti-Residue Formula for a deep cleanse, but then it’s right back to Pantene. It’s a routine I’ve been following for years, which is why I was intrigued when I spied an entirely new incarnation of my go-to sitting on our beauty editor Celia’s desk. Needless to say, I had to try it out. Like its original formula, the brand’s new Aqua Light range leaves hair clean, light, and airy, without a heavy, weighed-down feeling. But after a week of use, I can say that it also seems to be double-timing as a gentle purifier, so it deep-cleans while smoothing individual strands, thus giving me a one-step solution to my two-step problem. Did you get that, fellow Pantene lovers of the world? In a single slathering motion, the silicone-free formula, which includes a shampoo, conditioner, and conditioning shake, removes residue without stripping the hair and simultaneously deposits a hearty dose of lightweight moisture so hair is super-soft and highly movable. An that’s definitely worth getting excited about.
$3.99, available February 2012 at drugstores nationwide.