Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pantene Pro-V Dry Defy

Pantene Pro-V Dry Defy Haircare Line
Dry Defy Shampoo (300 mL)
Dry Defy Conditioner (250 mL)
Dry Defy Velvet Creme Infusion Serum (100 mL) + Blow-dry
Close Up Comparison
Left to right: Shampoo, Conditioner, Creme and Blow-dried

The Good: hair looks hydrated and shiny, feels light and clean, no breakage 

The Bad: expensive (approx. $9 per item), requires a lot of product for a "rich" lather

Conclusion: provides an effective clean that seals in moistures and leaves hair feeling light yet hydrated. Expect a good shine after a couple of uses (testing period lasted 1.5 months) but a higher price tag to match the premium appearance of the product - approx. $30 for the entire line.

 Claims to Prevent
Rating /5
 Claim to Leave Hair
Rating /5

Overall Rating: 4 / 5



Dryness got a 3.5 / 5 because my hair felt really dry after the shampoo washed out. While it's natural for hair to be stripped of oils afterwards, I felt like my hair would've suffered some breakage if not for the replenishment from the conditioner and the velvet creme infusion serum. Think of it as bleaching your hair and killing it but putting all the nutrients and shine back - but less extreme. 

Which is why I rated the rehydration of this product a perfect 5. The before (left) and after (right) photos showed very little differences but a minimally more noticeable shine in the after shot. The Dry Defy line definitely took the dirt and greasy feeling out of my hair while keeping the hair look healthy and shiny without the weight of too much product.

The before shot (above left) and after shot (above right) were processed afterward in Adobe Lightroom and have matching values for the: temperature, exposure, contrast, shadows, whites, and highlights. Both photos were taken on the same sunny day, in the same room, and the lighting was minimally affected by the sunset - sunset at 8:15 that night while the above left was taken at @4:45 p.m. and above right at @6:28 p.m.
My recommendation: skip the shampoo and conditioner for this line if it's too expensive but keep the velvet creme infusion serum to add boosted shine. The first 18 ingredients in the shampoo are a mix of water, agents that help to lather, clean, and disperse the product and coconut oil extracts to nourish the hair so I don't know why I didn't enjoy using it but I wouldn't pay $10 for a 300 mL tube.

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Disclosure Information: I have no material relationship to any brand mentioned in this post. I was not asked to write anything about these products and was not provided compensation of any kind. All opinions I express regarding Pantene's Dry Defy product line are my own. I received these products free of charge from the beautiful Stephanie Lau.

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