I’ve never been much of a hair person. In ultra-conservative high school where makeup was severely frowned upon and hair-styling was the best way of customizing one’s appearance, it didn’t help that I had the equivalent of Harry Potter’s messy mane. My mop simply refused to lie flat, regardless of what serum or gel I used. (By the way, hair gel was considered contraband back in the day.)
From 2008 onwards, I’ve put a little more effort into my hair. I’ve dyed, rebonded, and treated. (Rinse and repeat.) So much so that my hair has become over-processed. Just three weeks ago, I gave myself balayage / ombre hair as an alternative to bleaching. I’ll go into that experience in another post, but my point is that it left my hair very much in need of TLC. A miracle in itself happened when Pantene 3 Minute Miracle arrived at my doorstep from BDJ.
Quick Specs: 70 ml (PHP 59) / 180 ml (PHP 159) / 340 ml (PHP 259) ; made in Thailand
- Pantene went all out for this one, didn’t they? I’m not just talking about the buzz they generated on multiple social media platforms. The conditioner itself is just… different from anything they’ve come up with thus far. Let’s start with the classy packaging that comes in the form of a slim gold tube that looks positively sleek. The metallic factor instantly brings to mind premium shampoo lines such as L’Oreal Oleotherapy and John Frieda.
- Scent is distinct. Instead of the usual floral fragrance taking center-stage, Pantene 3 Minute Miracle goes for a more comforting blend of warm vanilla, wild strawberry, and raspberry. The floral scent is still in there somewhere, but you distinctly get the vanilla and berries right away.
- The gel-cream formula doesn’t feel slick or greasy unlike your average conditioner. Rubbing between palms and fingers, I actually thought the formula was rather lightweight and velvety. Do you know what the consistency and texture reminds me of? Silicone-based foundation primer!
- Despite the formula’s lightness, my hair feels well-coated as though the conditioner is able to fill in the porous parts. I can say that hair has become smoother and less frizzy. The strands have a slight luster, but nothing shiny or slippery. Not a bad thing as I equate overly shiny and slippery to oily hair. In short, 3 Minute Miracle gives my hair a naturally healthy look.
Verdict: Is it truly a hair miracle? I did get noticeably less frizz and more smoothness within the first three uses, so it’s looking good.
Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle is possibly Pantene Philippines’ game-changer. It is just so different from other conditioners in the market, including Pantene’s own offerings. I would repurchase on the basis of the non-greasy formula alone.