When I had a good 2/3 of my hair cut off a couple of months ago, it was because I was tired of having dry, shattered hair that was in terrible condition.
3 months on, with the help of Pantene ProV, I took a look at it under the microscope. Now, I’m sorry that I don’t have a before picture because the after picture is pretty impressive. My hair, that has been free of highlights for a year now, is break and snag free, with a smooth, sleek surface. The lighter blonde hair strands are virtually free of pigment, which is why they look almost transparent and the darker strands (which are few and far between) are thicker in diameter and more opaque.
My hair goes under the microscope
The reason I went under the microscope was to investigate my hair’s structure – part of the new Pantene ProV philosophy to help women manage their hair. Pantene have had a total make-over to help you understand your hair and treat it in a simpler more comprehensible way. They’ve taken their haircare back to your roots (excuse the pun…) They’ve put hair into three categories – quite simply – Fine, Normal (as in the diameter of the hair strand) to thick and Coloured. It’s not rocket science but it makes sense.
The new ranges are launching in stores nationwide on 1st November and the majority of the existing projects will continue to be sold but gradually roll out. You can diagnose your own hair with a quick questionnaire online on the Pantene website or by a quick DIY test. To test the thickness of your hair – take a strand between your first finger and thumb. Roll it between your finger tips and you’ll get a fairly good sense of it. If you can barely feel it – it’s fine. It’s a bit like the difference between silk and wool. If you’re still not sure – try testing it against someone else who you know to have thicker/finer hair than you and you’ll instantly be able to feel the difference.
The New Look for Pantene ProV
Depending on the structure of your hair, you need to treat it with different things. Pantene ProV informed me that thick hair is full of protiens – in fact it’s beefed up with them – this means the strands are very rigid and therefore prone to frizz. The fibres of the hair strand cross over eachother more than in fine hair. It needs more hydration and more conditioning agents. Fine hair has less protein and therefore lacks strength and it more brittle. It has a more of a parallel structure to it and so conditioner runs straight through it and weighs it down. Colouring your hair strips it of the natural layer of lipids that sits on its surface meaning that it is more porous and vulnerable to damage.
So knowing the actual structure of your hair can help you determine how you need to treat your it.
My hair might be in great condition but I now know that it is fine and needs lots of pretection to strengthen it up in order to help it retain volume and vitality.
What does your hair need? Take a look at www.pantene.co.uk to find out.
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