Tuesday, February 19, 2013

~*~ REVIEW: Pantene Ice Shine Conditioner ~*~

My one-year hair tracker entry is quickly approaching!! :) I'm having tons of fun chronicling my hair journey here! I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!

Today I've got a review to share! It's long-overdue and it's for one of my favorite conditioners- Pantene's Ice Shine conditioner! I first heard about it over on LHC, and after reading much praise for it, I knew I just had to check it out! I'm so glad I did!!
Pantene Ice Shine Conditioner

-The Lowdown-

Ice Shine is a coney conditioner, meaning it has silicones. There are a lot of people who choose, for various reasons, to avoid silicones in hair products. Some types of silicones can build up on the hair quickly and make it limp or dull. Some people don't like silicones because they experience dryness or because they can seal in (or seal out) moisture.

There are actually a lot of different types of silicones out there- some of them are extremely difficult to remove and require a strong detergent-based shampoo, while others are water-soluble and much easier to wash out. Just like there are many kinds of oils, there are lots of different silicones, too!

Ice Shine contains silicones that typically don't build up as quickly, and do not require a very strong detergent to remove, so it is perfect for daily CO-washing. I find that is is excellent to aid in detangling my hair and works especially well during times when I wear my hair down more often.

-The Ingredients-

The ingredients are as follows:

Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Glutamic Acid, Bis Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

-How to Use-

I personally like to use Ice Shine either one of two ways. I either do a full co-wash, or I only use it on my ends when I need some extra detangling.

To do a co-wash, I like to get my hair damp, then thoroughly saturate my hair. I massage the conditioner in well to all parts of my hair, including my scalp. I make sure the conditioner is well-distributed before I rinse it out! I wait about 10-15 minutes before I wash it out, then I apply a small amount to use a leave-in to prevent tangling. My hair always ends up mega-smooth, amazingly soft, and very, very shiny when I use it!!

Alternatively, if I don't do a CO-wash with it, I just like to use it on my ends as a leave-in conditioner. The cones in it help really well to keep my hair slippy and smooth! This is especially useful for times when I want to wear my hair down, but don't want to deal with so many tangles and frizziness!

My hair really does like this stuff. It's a good product and I highly recommend you try it out if you're okay with cones. And even if you're not- this might be a perfect product because the cones in it don't tend to build up as much and won't require a strong detergent to remove! :)

They also have a silicone-free shampoo that's also in this line of products. It works well for when I need to shampoo before I henna my roots, or just need to remove buildup once in a while.

You can buy it here:


It's also readily available in most drugstores or supermarkets in the US.

Until next time!

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