How healthy is your hair?

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

These days Pantene has been taking a closer look at hair – all the way down to their structural level. And what they found was what we suspected all along, a single hair care formula doesn’t work consistently across multiple hair structures (fine, normal to thick, and colour-treated).

So, naturally, new formulas and adjustments to current hair treatments were made and put to the test. Not satisfied with scientific lab tests, Pantene tested their new products in the dryness of the Sahara dessert, the humidity of the Amazon and even the craziness of a celebrity lifestyle.

‘When I put Pantene to the test, I was seriously impressed with the results,’ says Liv Tyler. ‘I hoped it would pass the test, but my hair has never looked healthier and the results last.’

Pantene have identified seven signs of healthy looking hair: shine, manageability, lack of flyaway and frizz, smoothness, strength, volume and lack of split ends. How healthy is your hair? Put it to the test…

Test 1: How manageable is your hair?

You’ll need: a wide-tooth comb
After washing and conditioning your hair, starting at your centre parting, use a wide-tooth comb and pull it slowly through your wet hair after using your current product. How far does the comb go?

Test 2: How smooth is your hair?
You’ll need: a ribbon
Take a section of hair at the front of your head and start to loosely braid the hair. After two or three loops, start to include a ribbon in the braid for another two or three loops, then leave the braid to hang loose. Then rinse the braided section of hair and notice how long it takes for the ribbon to unravel/fall out of the hair.

Test 3: How shiny is your hair?
You’ll need: a round brush and a torch
Use a round brush and starting at the tips wrap the hair inwards around the brush. Tilt your head in the opposite direction to capture the light reflection from an overhead torch – note how clear the ‘shine band’ is.

Test 4: How frizzy is your hair?
You’ll need: a balloon
Rub an inflated balloon backwards and forwards lightly against you clean dry hair and notice the amount of flyaways particularly at the parting and hairline.

Written by

Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Tanya

    Wow, I can’t wait to try these interesting tests out! So good to know your hair so you know how to take care and manage it!

    5 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    Wow I need to try this test. I wish Pantene would release their line for African hair in S.A.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Pantene products are the best! I have tried many hair care products and shampoos and always return to my trusty Pantene. Also cost-effective!

    6 years ago •

  1. LayD

    These are very interesting tips to try. Thank you!

    6 years ago •

  1. Jara

    I will definetely use these tips to check how healthy
    my hair is. I never use Pantene hair products, I must try them as well.

    6 years ago •

  1. Abby

    Sounds interesting but i already know my hair is frizzy and unmanageable! I need to use some Pantene products.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Very interesting – going to try out the balloon!

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    So how do we know what type of hair we have after doing these tests.? Many countries also offer hair tests free of charge in the malls when they launch a new product, wonder how come they haven’t come to SA yet. I’ve done them in dubai with grea results.

    6 years ago •

  1. Ra’eesa

    Confused…how do we know if its healthy or not,what should we compare our results to?

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    I am going to do these test today. Great article as usual.

    7 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    New Sun Silk shampoo says healthy hair floats on water and damaged hair sinks…not sure how true that is?

    7 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Great tips. I got an F on this test :(

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I think I fail all the tests – HELP!

    7 years ago •

  1. K@t

    I’m sure hair like in the picture cannot be achieved with products alone. It probably takes alot time and effort too.

    7 years ago •

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    7 years ago •

  1. Robyn Bronkhorst

    Thanks so much for all the useful tips. My FRIZZY hair is driving me insane (always seems to be frizzier in winter) actually had an appointment to have it cut on Friday but now know all I need is a good conditioner. Pantene here I come!!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Awsome article!!!! I definitely try this soon!!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Joubert

    Great article. A nice way to test your hair’s health. I don’t think I’ve tried any of these before.

    Also wish my hair looked like this models. Haha.

    7 years ago •

  1. landman

    I have tried many products on my hair because i have very fine and dry brittle hair, but i go back to Pantene everytime it does wonders for hair, thanks for the advise on how to test your hair, very good article.

    7 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    Does it work on my hair though???

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Some of these tests won’t work so well with this mass of curls, he-he! Good article though.

    7 years ago •

  1. julandism

    Wow, very cool article and great test, I will be doing this on the weekend! :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    This is a great test and easy.

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    What an easy way to test the health of your hair!

    7 years ago •

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