Any beauty blogger worth her clicks can tell you that one area where you don't have to spend big money is on shampoo and conditioner. Most of these products, whether they cost $10 or $40, will deliver clean, healthy-looking strands that are packed with shine and hydration.
I've yet to come across a drugstore brand that doesn't deliver on those qualities and Pantene's new Dry Defy Intense Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner products continues in that tradition but not by much. According to Pantene, this new line contains"...a rich formula containing a Triple Amino Complex" that "....helps (to) repair hair strand by strand for a healthy, hydrated feel." The shampoo "...instantly revives chronically dehydrated hair and helps prevent frizz, breakage, and dullness," while the conditioner "...seals in moisture for a velvety smooth feel, high shine, and deep hydration."
I used these products for two weeks and while they did leave my hair clean with some shine and hydration, they didn't noticeably improve its look or feel. I've definitely gotten better results with other products including other drugstore brands. And while my hair looked OK, there was no change when it can came to preventing frizz or breakage.
Pantene also claims that these products deliver hydration, "...without weighing hair down." This is a comment I do completely agree with. While moisturizing hair products can sometimes be heavy, these ones aren't and as a result, they left my hair light and airy.
So overall, these aren't useless products but given all the other, more effective shampoos and conditioners out there, I don't see any reason to recommend these two.
At least the price makes sense given these lackluster results. Both products are priced under $10, which is appropriate since they do clean hair and add some shine. They're also packaged in sensible, functional plastic squeeze bottles, like all Pantene products. It's nothing fancy but it'll do.
Would I buy these products: No.
Should you buy these products: No.