Stylers, you may remember back in February that I jumped on a plane and flew to Sydney for a wash and blow dry? Getting home in time for dinner?
Well, it happened again.
I kid you not.
And if I were the kind of girl to big note myself I’d tell you how wonderful it was to travel to Sydney with fellow blogger Kelly, from Be A Fun Mum, and be picked up at the airport by a pre-arranged private car.
I’d tell you how exciting it was to arrive at the very cool Barney Martin salon in Surry Hills and meet THE Barney Martin himself.
And then I’d tell you about THE Barney Martin washing my hair before salon staffer Shak turned my normally straight locks into a vision straight from the original set of Charlie’s Angels (I so wanted Farrah Fawcett’s hair when I was nine).
But the telling wouldn’t stop there. I’d have to tell you about the other fabulous bloggers receiving Nice ‘n Easy hair colour makeovers. And the general gaggle while Tweeting that happens whenever mummy bloggers are placed together in a confined space.
So, what was all the fuss about?
Pantene has released a new hair range.
Big deal, you say?
Well, actually it is.
This is the first Pantene range that has been heavily based on botanicals – Nature Fusion. The star ingredient is derived from Cassia seeds. One hundred of them crushed in every bottle apparently. The resulting Cassia Complex works to deliver deep conditioning to your hair and allow Pantene’s Pro-V formula to reach the part of the hair cuticle that needs it most. Hair is stronger and better protected from breakage.
Now, I can hear the naysayers through the inter webs now … Pantene’s rubbish for your hair, Pantene caused build up, Pantene makes you grow long toe hairs.
So while I had the guru – and Pantene ambassador and multi-award-winning stylist – captive, I put the question to Barney: really, why does Pantene get such a bad wrap?
“If you look at what the scaremongering is, it goes down to silicones. Yes, it does contain silicones but most shampoos and conditioners do. It’s tailor-made and beneficial to your hair. Do they leave build up? Anything can leave build up. How do you get rid of it? You wash it with a detox shampoo and it takes it right out. You know you hear ‘if you use Pantene and get your hair coloured it’s not going to work’. It’s rubbish. People just need to be a bit more educated.”
That’s good enough for me. So it was over to the basin for a shampoo, conditioner and treatment on the ends of my hair (which you know I’ve put through the wringers lately with my recent chopping and changing of hair colour).
My verdict: there is noticeable difference with just one wash. The true test will come from using the products over the next month. I also have a dodgy scalp that can flare up at the mere sight of a new hair product. Not so with these ones.
And how did my stylist for the day, Shak, create that ’70s style?
Before blow drying with a medium round brush, he applied Wella Pro Series Strong Hold 3 mousse ($7.99), once dry, he curled with a wide barrel curling wand, loosened with his fingers before spraying on Wella Pro Series Strong Hold hairspray ($7.99).
The result was enough to grab the nearest blow drier, two
bloggers angels and strike a pose.
The Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion range includes shampoo $4.89, conditioner $4.89, intensive penetrating treatment $6.99 and leave on creme $9.99. It’s available at supermarkets and pharmacies. For your nearest Wella stockist, phone 1800 028 280.
For more photos from the event, check out the album on my Facebook page.
*I was flown to Sydney and driven to this event courtesy of Proctor & Gamble and Saunders & Co PR. For more on my disclosure policy, click here.