Since deciding to cut and donate my hair, I’ve developed a weird relationship with my hair. In the past I’ve been someone who follows a very minimalist hair care routine. I mean, people ask me about this all the time. How do you take care of such long hair? And the answer is, I don’t. My hair gets brushed regularly. I shampoo it every few days, and every once in a blue moon I use conditioner. Bang. Done. Simple, right?
Or at least that’s how it used to be. Now I find myself feeling like I am merely Keeper of the Hair, in charge of taking care of this hair until I hand it in. For the past few months I’ve found myself thinking more and more about hair care. Feel free to laugh at me but I suddenly feel like I am responsible to someone else. I’m just the custodian taking care of this hair for someone else. And now, every time I snag my hair on something and a piece breaks off, I feel guilty.
This extremely dry, extremely cold, crazy winter weather hasn’t helped things any. My hair is normally pretty thick and healthy looking, but lately it’s been dry and ridiculously static-y. And again, feel free to laugh at me, but now that I view myself as Keeper of the Hair my dried out hair makes me feel guilty! My split ends make me feel guilty!
I have various Pantene sample products on hand that have been sent to me because I’m a P&G Mom. So I started experimenting, using products I would never normally have looked twice at. My favourite of the bunch is the Pantene Pro-v Daily Moisture Renewal 2-Minute Masque. I found it made an amazing difference in how silky soft and “non-static-y” my hair is.
However, being someone that normally uses pretty much zero hair care products beyond shampoo and occasionally conditioner, I’ve had lots of questions stewing in my mind about the moisture masque. Do I use it WITH conditioner? As a replacement to conditioner? Is it better to put it on dry hair (aka BEFORE I hop in the shower), or do you put it on already wet hair (aka while IN the shower)?
Being a P&G Mom has it perks. It means I was able to reach out to Pantene for some answers. In case you’re curious, here’s the official reply:
Do I use it with conditioner? As a replacement to conditioner?
Pantene Pro-v Daily Moisture Renewal 2-Minute Masque is a deep conditioning treatment formulated with a rich, concentrated dose of moisturizers to leave hair feeling moisturized for up to 24 hours. The masque is designed for use at least once a week (or more if desired) — on the days you do not use the masque, you can use your regular conditioner.
Is it better to put it on dry hair, or do you put it on already wet hair?
The masque should be applied and carefully distributed through wet hair and left to work for 2 minutes before rinsing.
In the past I viewed hair treatment products as simply not for me. I have healthy hair. I looked at these products, like the Pantene Moisture Masque which I’ve now fallen hard for, or their Split End Repair Creme which is another I’ve come to like, and I thought they were only for people who coloured or permed their hair regularly, who used a blow drier all the time, who where, in short, hard on their hair or had damaged hair. I didn’t think hair treatments like this were meant for folks with normal plain old “natural” hair. But seeing the difference it’s made in my hair’s vitality, I’m sold.
Ok, so tell it to me straight guys. Do you think I’m nuts for seeing myself as Protector of the Hair? Have any of you ever tried any of the Pantene hair treatment products?
Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.