There's a teensy downside to hanging out with my 11-year-old niece Erin. She has long hair so thick I can barely gather it in a ponytail with one hand. As she gets older, that wonderful hair will become a siren's song for many, and the focus of acute envy for others. And I hate to admit it, but not long ago, a little green monster quietly began knocking on my noggin. My own ponytail feels thinner than it did before I tripped over 40.
Envying my young niece is uncool, though. The Universe seems to agree: just as I've recognized my spark of covetousness, an unexpected solution has appeared in the shape of Pantene AgeDefy shampoo and conditioner, Pantene AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment, and a test run at Shagg Salon via stylist and co-owner Justin German. (He's also Canada's Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist.)
Pantene AgeDefy seems pretty neat, especially for fragile hair. According to Justin, the shampoo and conditioner work in tandem to cleanse gently, hydrate, and surround each strand with weightless polymers that protect against damage, add shine, and improve manageability (behave, rebellious greys!). The AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment, which Justin applied at the roots of my wet hair then combed through, conditions too, and actually slightly fattens each strand. The lineup also includes an AgeDefy Rejuvenating Hydration Masque for more intense conditioning.
I felt a difference immediately after Justin finished the blowdry (one of my best ever, thanks Justin!). My hair felt better. Clean. Light. A fraction thicker than before. Not like something was in it, though. JustÂ maybe more like the hair I remembered having. [UPDATE:Sounds like wishful thinking, but in fact, I continued to use the products at home, on a trip to Paris, and at home again, and my hair absolutely felt better and fuller still.] I noticed something else over the course of the next three days: my blowout maintained swing and bounce instead of going flat and limp on day two.
Although I'm still a little wistful when I see Erin's amazing mass of hair -- she has so much! -- I feel significantly less concerned about my own. Pantene AgeDefy is moving into my shower and coming with me any time I book a blowdry, whether at Shagg or Blo.
Want to see if Pantene AgeDefy works for you, too? Pantene wants to give up to 25 Beautygeeks a chance to try AgeDefy and report back below on their results.
If you're a resident of Canada, and a Beautygeeks subscriber (click here if you aren't yet), apply here by midnight March 17 for a free review-sample collection to try at home.
Oh, and for your own peace of mind, don't compare yourself to anyone 30+ years younger than you are.
This is a sponsored post. Salon photographs by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo. Product images courtesy of Pantene. Backstage image, Burberry Spring 2013.