what-happens-when-you-use-panteneI often find myself trying to explain what happens when you use Pantene hair products. It’s not as bad as it used to be….either less people are using Pantene or more people don’t want to admit that to their hairdresser. It’s okay because if you don’t mention it then no one will tell you what’s going to happen to your hair!

The problem with Pantene Pro-V shampoos and conditioners starts with the cheap, low-quality ingredients. When  things like alcohol and other harsh stripping agents are found in high volumes in your beauty products…they will contain other cheap, low-quality ingredients to cover up the effects of the other ingredients(like drying out your hair, making it more brittle, etc.).

Waxes and silicones(supposedly not as bad as wax) coat your hair a little more every time you use Pantene. At first, you think it looks great because your hair is so shiny and feels soft. With time your hair will start to look dull, become harder to manage & style, lost it shape, etc. That’s caused by the wax build up from using Pantene shampoos & conditioners as well as other products like theirs.


What happens when you use Pantene hair products?

Here’s a great visual for those of you that aren’t convinced about the damaging effects Pantene can have on your hair….

If you want to know more about the differences between salon and generic hair care…check out Professional Products vs. Drugstore Brands!

I understand that not everyone can afford professional salon products, so please contact me for alternatives if you’re not sure what to buy. I’m working on a list of professional to drugstore alternatives, so in the meantime check out which products are best for your hair type here.

22 Responses to What Happens When You Use Pantene

  1. Mariah says:

    Well my hair use to be healthy pantene made it softer when i switched now 5 years later it there lots of hair loss.. Damage.. Dull.. No body no more.. Just bleh. And i use no heat products or dye my hair. Dont use hair ties, and im trying to save my hair i need a help and switch fast my hair is too my mid butt i don’t wanna cut it all off and start over or lose more hair than the daily loss help meeee!

    • Erika says:


      Have there been any other changes that could have contributed to your hair loss(like stress, diet, etc,)? If not, then your issue could have been a result of product build-up or ingredients in the shampoo you were using.

      Also…..if you used the same shampoo & conditioner for a very long time…that could explain your issues. This is especially true of cheaper products or products that are not right for your hair type and needs. Product build-up is the main culprit because it can damage the hair follicle causing the hair to fall out, which may or may not come back.

      Which shampoo did you switch to?

  2. Audra says:

    Pantene made my hair fall out. I was starting to think I was having thyroid issues. It was that shampoo. I will never use that crap again. I am just hoping my hair recovers and thickens back up.

  3. Olivia says:

    I use the Pantene charcoal shampoo and conditioner and they work great, I think the brand turned over a new leaf with this line and it has no wax or silicone. Everyone’s hair is different and the downside to this set is that it does still have sulfates.

    • Erika says:

      That’s great! It’s wonderful to hear about new products and how they’re working for everyone. Personally, I don’t think sulfates are that bad. Everything in moderation….right?

  4. Joy says:

    100%. I have the worst time with build up and crunchiness. Then I found a Pantene that appeared to work for me. 2 years later my curls were gone. I tried giving up the Pantene and my hair was so dry the ends with break off by merely touching my hair. It took lots of trims and growing out to get my curls back.

  5. Shaina says:

    My hair is dull and lifeless after using Pantene as it was 15 years ago when I used it. I ran out of my high end shampoo and I’d rather not use any shampoo if my only option were Pantene.

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  7. Melody Morrison says:

    Funny, I’ve used Pantene for over years, and I’ve never had a minute’s problem. My stylist has NEVER experienced anything REMOTELY resembling what you described. But I’m quite sure I have no clue whatsoever what I’m talking about, riiiiiiiiight??

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  9. Kristy says:

    Good article and I’d like to add some things — I’m also a hairstylist and I loathe Pantene (among others). A few reasons: A) The waxy texture left on my hands after handling hair that has weeks, months, to years of Pantene use on it.
    B) The crayon smell on my hands and even in the client’s hair; most noticeable when the water first hits their hair and then while blow-drying.
    C) Being able to comb through it while wet but after blow-drying, hair gets baked together from whatever substance is in there and you struggle to detangle it..again…even when you used clarifying shampoo not once, but twice. They’re in need of treatments and not everyone will get on board with that, unfortunately.

    I’ve used my trimmers on Pantene hair to cut a straight line dry; a whole lot of wax-dust was “sawed” off before the hair actually cut..then my trimmers jammed and stopped cutting..oops moment 😉

    Pantene is only concerned about profit.

    • Melody Morrison says:

      Funny, been using Pantene for over 20 years, and neither me not my stylist has EVER encountered anything even REMOTELY close to what you described. But, I’m a LIAR, RIGHT??

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  11. I have been using Pantene because I like the way if makes my hair feel better than the more expensive brands. My hair dresser has said she won’t color my hair if I have been using it, so I was wondering if you know how to remove the buildup?

    • Erika says:

      Your hairstylist can do a pre-color clarifying treatment or you can use something like Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three at home. I use it once every other week(sometimes more often, sometimes less often).

      I think that it’s a little extreme to tell someone they won’t color your hair if you’re using Pantene. The color WON’T last if you continue to use Pantene products…so that could be the reasoning. Professionally, I just give my clients my opinion about products, their routine, coloring, etc. and it’s up to them to take the advice.

      The reason why people think Pantene makes their hair feel good is because of the wax deposits. If you use quality conditioning and styling products with professional shampoo/conditioner then your hair will feel better than it does with Pantene!

      • Monica says:

        It’s not extreme. When using bleach in Pantene clients I ALWAYS have issues.
        Steaming, moisture dripping, not lifting properly and toner doing absolute bleep all.
        It’s a massive pain in the butt and clarifying beforehand isn’t enough to get rid of all the build up.

        • Erika says:

          So true! Have you ever seen a video of someone literally scraping the buildup off the hair from using Pantene?! It’s nuts!

  12. Brooke says:

    I use to like Pantene alot. It was always a staple hair wash to grab in the store until recently.
    I had been experiencing what I can only describe as chronic dandruff. EW!
    My scalp would build up large amounts of skin that were highly visible and peel like a bad case of dandruff.
    I was always unsure why as I wash my hair at least 3 times a week (the recommended amount) and even sometimes with anti – dandruff shampoos.
    All of this happened when I was using Pantene.
    I began to turn to the fact that maybe it was my trusty hairwash causing these problems.
    So I switched hair wash and within days my dandruff case was completely gone.
    I could wear my usual style of a part down the middle and my head no longer resembled a snow globe.
    I tried a few more different hair washes and no dandruff. So i switched back to Pantene just to see and YUP! Dandruff.
    The next morning I woke up with that same build up on my scalp.
    SO long story short, Pantene gave me chronic dandruff so I don’t recommend it unless
    you’re planning on having a white Christmas this year. 🙂

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