The Good: Cleans hair well, Good lather, Appears to work to diminish frizz
The Bad: Expensive! No recognizable scent.
The Basics: Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek shampoo lacks a compelling scent, but cleans well-enough to justify its price.
Lately, I've been doing a lot of yardwork and the truth is, my hair has begun to see the strain of being outdoors. My hair had begun to get a little frizzy when I started using the Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek Shampoo. Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek Shampoo is fine, but the truth is that in recent years, I have come to expect more of shampoos that bear a premium price tag. I tend to want more clear cleaning and conditioning properties and/or a scent that infuses the shower experience with a wonderful and memorable scent.
Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek Shampoo did a fairly good job of cleaning my hair and reducing the frizz of my dry, weather-beaten hair. My hair was noticeably cleaner, less dry and my hair was far less brittle after using the DreamCare Smooth & Sleek Shampoo for a month. This shampoo, on its own, always left my hair perfectly clean and far less oily than when I began. Given how much I have been working outside of late, my hair is usually sweaty and gross, so the cleaning power of this shampoo cannot be understated.
I tend to like shampoos that both clean and leave hair smelling good. The Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek shampoo did the former well, but the latter poorly. After my first use of the shampoo, my hair was perfectly cleaned and smelled clean and neutral. After my first week of using the shampoo and conditioner, my hair was clean, bouncy, more manageable and looked better. The shampoo on its own effectively reduced the brittleness of my hair while cleaning my hair.
Since starting to use Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek Shampoo a month ago, this shampoo has adequately protected my hair from further breakage. Instead, in conjunction with the DreamCare Smooth & Sleek Conditioner, my hair has not returned to a place where it is frizzy or damaged again.
With a cost of approximately $5.99 for a 12.6 fl. oz. bottle, Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek is comparatively expensive. The bottle is smooth and is more flat than round. When wet, it slips out of the hands easily. The cap has a flip-top that makes it very easy to get the shampoo out with only one hand. As well, the large cap makes it even easier, though because the hole is still fairly small, there is no waste from the bottle.
The scent of Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek is entirely neutral. There is a vague fruity scent that comes out of the bottle the first moment the bottle is opened, but after that the scent dissipates and the shampoo has no discernible scent either from the shampoo or on the hair it is used on. Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek is a white, opaque shampoo that is creamy and smooth. It has a non-watery consistency and while it is not especially thick, it does not need to be watered down to get the most out of the product.
Like most shampoos, there is nothing mysterious to using this product. You wet your hair, lather it up with this shampoo and rinse. Like most shampoos, I can get away with using about a quarter-sized drop and that is so with the Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek. This is pretty consistent with other Pantene products I have used, but I have been impressed by how very well Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek shampoo lathered up. This becomes one of the most foamy shampoos when lathered into the hair that I have ever used. That also helps it wash out exceptionally easily.
This shampoo has an excellent lather quality. It took almost nothing to work it up to a lather and that lather spreads into the hair and cleans amazingly. Indeed, with average usage, the product was one of the easiest shampoos I have used to spread through my hair. This required very little agitation to lather it properly and the results were spectacular, especially for the minimal effort.
This shampoo rinses out incredibly easily, as well. When I am in a hurry and can only wash my hair, the Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek shampoo rinses out very quickly and leaves my hair quite clean. Moreover, the shampoo alone leaves the hair without any scent, so there is nothing to rinse out. The Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek required almost no effort to rinse it out, making is a quick shampoo to apply and rinse out.
The Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek Shampoo does not make my hair feel heavy when it is still wet, and once dry, the shampoo lives up to its promise of clean, smooth-looking hair. Washing my hair as much as I do, I have ended up with very dry hair in the past, but the DreamCare Smooth & Sleek Shampoo eliminates any adverse affects to washing hair so much. Restoring my hair to cleanliness and eliminating frizz is enough to recommend this shampoo, regardless of the price and despite its lack of a memorable scent.
Ultimately, the Pantene Pro-V DreamCare Smooth & Sleek Shampoo is an average shampoo at a premium price.
For other Pantene product reviews, please check out my analysis of:
Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo
Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Conditioner
Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Shampoo
For other health and beauty reviews, visit my Health And Beauty Product Review Index Page for an organized listing!
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