Despite what my husband would say I’ve never been high maintenance when it comes to personal care. I don’t spend a lot on hair care. I use shampoo and conditioner that’s relatively inexpensive. I don’t fuss with my hair a lot. I don’t color it. I rarely make time for haircuts so when I do they are often simple and easy to maintain. As I’ve gotten older though my hair started changing. Grays started popping up, and my hair which had always been very fine but soft and full suddenly started thinning, and the ends became brittle. I started trying more expensive products to help strengthen my hair and reduce breakage but nothing I tried worked. I was practically throwing money out the window.
I worried about the cause of it-was it diet? But no, to put it simply—my hair is aging. Aside from the obvious gray hairs my hair was just not as healthy or strong as it used to be. After talking to friends I realized this wasn’t an uncommon thing. They’ve all experienced changes in their hair-it’s more brittle or coarse, they have more grays, or it’s just not as lustrous as it used to be.
Pantene challenged me to try their line of AgeDefy products so I was eager to not only try their products, but to try a new look while I was at it. After all healthy hair needs more than just care-it needs style too. The AgeDefy products are budget friendly at $8.99 for the shampoo and conditioner. The Hair Masque and Thickening Treatment are slightly more expensive ($12.99 and $18.99) but so worth it!
Here’s where I started-the before.
I used the Pantene products for almost two weeks. I knew I needed a haircut but needed some professional advice. Thankfully Pantene’s celebrity stylist Danilo offered the advice below.
On hair styles and color:
“Enhance your approach when it comes to your hair style or look. A great haircut and a good hair color, preferably one with the least amount of chemicals, is sure to take years off your look.”
I knew I needed a new haircut but color is something I’ve never done, so I thought this would be a great way to freshen up my look and cover those pesky grays.
“Longer hair on older women can sometimes make faces appear elongated–as we age, we are fighting gravity and this goes for hair too! Older heads of hair look great with short, geometric cuts.”
My long hair doesn’t do me any favors. While I don’t think I could pull off a super short look I know that the longer my hair the more breakage I get so it’s time to chop off a few inches.
“The Pantene Pro-V Age Defy collection can be used as a preventative measure to keep you looking and feeling confident about your hair every day. Pantene Pro-V Age Defy Daily Thickening Treatment is such a great product because it has cumulative benefits. Not only does this product thicken the diameter of hair strands, making hair appear fuller, but it can also be used as a root lifter. It’ll leave hair softer and shinier which will make you look younger.”
After using these products for nearly two weeks I see a huge difference and love that I’m seeing healthier and fuller hair!
On styling hair:
“Sweeping hair away from your face is a great way to look 10 years younger. Pulling hair away from the face is great way to expose your facial features and will also gently pull the eye area back, giving you an instant eye lift!”
I love being able to pull up my long hair in a bun so being able to put my hair up was a must for my new cut.
“Want to create a youthful looking ponytail? Instead of using an elastic, pull large pieces of hair to one side of your head and pin them loosely behind your ear. This will make your crown look fuller and thicker. This also pulls hair away from the face to expose your neck and collarbone to make you feel sexy and youthful. To take this style from day to night, loosely pin the remaining ‘ponytail’ up to look like a beautiful, full side bun. Allowing pieces to fall out will create an effortless, elegant look.”
I love this idea! Here is an image of what that would look like on the lovely Michele Williams.
More About Pantene AgeDefy
Pantene scientists partnered with Olay’s anti-aging experts to get to the root of women’s aging hair and developed Pantene’s first and only line of anti-aging hair care products to fight multiple signs of hair aging:
- reduces breakage
- prevents split ends
- controls frizz
- controls unruly grays
- minimizes lackluster color
- minimizes a thin look
- minimizes dryness
It really does all these things well! I was a little skeptical but I find my hair is much more manageable, shiny, and full now. With a stylish cut and color and healthy, younger looking hair <drumroll please> here is the after!
Healthier, stronger, and styled and colored by the talented Jennifer at Balance Hair Spa. Not only do I love how much better my hair feels and looks, but I think this style is much more youthful and much healthier for my hair. No more dry ends, no more blah style, and a lovely dark color for the winter. Now the hair I want? It’s mine!
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