Aug 16, 2010

To Save or To Splurge: Pantene Lively Clean and Lush I Love Juicy Shampoo

Do you have a problem with hair getting weighed down with haircare products you use or just appearing limp after a few washes with your regular shampoo? For me, the solution is using a shampoo that cleans out all the junk that has deposited on your hair over time leaving it squeaky clean.

lush i love juicy shampoo pantene lively clean reviews comparison

Depending on how much I would want to spend, these are my two options - a save and a splurge.

The Save:  Pantene Lively Clean Shampoo - Review


Cost: Rs. 117 for 200 mL

pantene lively clean shampoo reviews
pantene lively clean shampoo reviews

Pantene Lively Clean is a transparent, clear shampoo that claims to revitalize oily limp hair to lively, healthy looking hair. It smells just like any other Pantene product - I really don't know how else to describe it!  The shampoo does a good job of removing any dulling residues and does leave my hair quite shiny.  I definitely need to follow up with a conditioner as usual.  The only downside with the Pantene Lively Clean shampoo is it does leave my scalp a bit itchy.

Pantene Lively Clean Shampoo Ingredients:


pantene lively clean shampoo reviews ingrdients

The Splurge:  Lush I Love Juicy Shampoo - Review


Cost: Rs. 1450/500 g

lush i love juicy shampoo reviews ingredients

Lush I Love Juicy shampoo is a fresh fruit, jelly shampoo with mango, pineapple, kiwi, and papaya for cleansing greasy hair.  This is a brownish-yellowish coloured shampoo with an amazing fruity fresh fragrance.  The Lush I Love Juicy shampoo has loads of lather and leaves my hair squeaky clean.  While it is strong enough to remove all the grime, oil, and/or any dulling residue from my hair, it does not leave my hair stripped and dry looking.  I do need to follow this up with a conditioner as usual, though.

Lush I Love Juicy Shampoo Ingredients:


lush i love juicy shampoo reviews ingredients

Both of these do a pretty decent job at doing what they claim, cleaning hair to a lively, fresh feel.  I use these about once a week or more often if I do a deep conditioning treatment with oil before washing my hair.  Some things common to both these shampoos:
  • Best used if you have hair that tends to get greasy or if you treat your hair to an oil massage before the wash. I have dry hair, and I use them simply because I need something effective enough to get rid of the oil I massage in.
  • These are great to wash you hair with prior to a henna application. Squeaky clean hair picks up the colour better.
  • ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO use a conditioner following any of these shampoos. I don't know if the softer-haired people can get away without one, but I have to use a conditioner. No choices about that. My wallet-friendly conditiner option is Dove Conditioner - Breakage Therapy Repairing Serum (easier described as the blue Dove), and the splurge option is Lush Retread (review here).
dove conditioner breakage therapy serum damaged hair review
lush retread conditioner

A few things to keep in mind while using clarifying shampoos like the Pantene Lively Clean or the Lush I Love Juicy:


  • Clarifying shampoos can cause hair to get dry with frequent use, though I think this is not a problem at all if you are in the oil-before-you-wash category.  Just ensure that you follow up with a good conditioner.
  • If you have colour-treated hair, I think these two aren't that good an option because they can cause some degree of colour fading. This is just my opinion, but the common ingredient to both these shampoos, sodium chloride - salt, might be the culprit for this.
So what's your shampoo for squeaky clean hair?

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25 comments:

  1. Hey which one do you prefer?? I've used Lively clean, L'oreal Sebo Control and the recent one (I don't remember the name). I've also tried Kerastase shampoo meant for oily scalp (again don't remember the name)

    I do agree with you that this particular lush shampoo looks bad :D

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  2. I am using the Lush one currently. I shifted to Lush products because I thought they were just better for my hair. Plus with regular shampoos, my scalp was getting very dry and itchy. Otherwise, I think the Pantene one is not bad..especially considering its very affordable.

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  3. that great rads .. the price is too much for a shamopoo though ... i use L'oreal lis ultime followed with same conditioner , serum and leave in cond. but now i m using kiehl's and it does a pretty good job :) my hair r dry so i do need to pamper them a lot :)

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  4. The amino acid one? Apparently is superb.

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  5. no dear i got Olive fruit oil shampoo for dry hair and they r doing wonders , i wish i could buy it when i finish the trial bottle :)

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  6. Olive oil..sounds good to me!

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  7. it certainly is dear othewrwise i was just tired of doing 4 steps for my hair but now i am liking the 2 step system shampoo and condition and i am done and i dont have to worry for next 4 days i know with mumbai mausam i should be more regular but me lazy :(

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  8. I loved Retread when i used it (and the curly wurly). just not possible with me washing my hair every other day (i sweat bad and hit the gym almost everyday!)
    plus no Lush in Pune yet! so i have ended up with some sort of list - posted about it too at http://www.beautylifestylesite.com/2010/08/products-for-frizzy-hair-from-my.html :)
    ok i sound like i am marketing it. really not :p
    hair care - lots of experience and less outcome!

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  9. Hehehee...you don't sound like that at all :D

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  10. I couldn't get it to open Gaea..will check it again after a bit. Guess some internet problem here.

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  11. ah, sorry abt that! If you can get here - http://www.beautylifestylesite.com/ its out there, 4th frm top.
    basically oil massage, a mixture of TBS, Amway, Loreal, Himalaya and Herbal Essences - lol (and i have tried many others too ;))

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  12. Yea, the LUSH shampoo does look a lil weird.. I am currently using L'oreal force vector.

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  13. Oh I have read some rave reviews on that!

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  14. What are the results for Pantene - Lively and clean

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  15. Imran - Pantene Lively clean - leaves hair squeaky clean.
    -Need to follow up with conditioner.
    -Is good shampoo to use if you want to take off residue from your hair - like over the weekend - or if you use oil/products as part of your haircare.
    - Has silicones in it, so if you get dry scalp with silicone products, then this would have the same effect.
    Hope that helps.

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  16. which hair oil do you use and how frequently?

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  17. Hi Anon..I use coconut oil - I get cold-pressed version from home, but you can find it in stores too. If you stay in India, you can use Parachute :) Extra virgin olive oil is another oil I use occasionally - I buy it for salads so whenever I feel like it, I just use some from that :D

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  18. Frequency - twice a week, most times.

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  19. hello.....i have oily hair......is pantene lively clean suitable for it? does it start working from the 1st wash?

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    1. Hi Vandana! It does work on oily hair and it does leave it clean. However after a few uses it might cause buildup and your hair may feel like there is some form of residue on it. My best solution for this so far has been to not use the same shampoo every time and maybe every third or fourth wash use another shampoo just to change the build up issue. Hope this helps :)

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  20. i have totaalllllyyyyyy oily hair...i hve used ny mny thngs to do it...bt nt workng....plzzz guyzz anyone help.......!!!!wt to use....?????i thnk pantene is gud...nd wt do u mean by residue.....?????plzz i m so smallll help me nah plzz....

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    1. :D How small are you?? :D :D

      Whenever you use products on your hair like shampoo or conditioner, even after you wash your hair off properly and clean, there are ingredients left behind in your hair..like in case of some shampoo like Dove or Pantene..when you use those shampoos, your hair will feel very slippery smooth. That is because of silicones that are present in the shampoo/conditioner, and they coat your hair and give it shine and slip and overall make it look healthy. This is what I call "residue." I am not saying it's a bad thing, but you might have noticed over time hair becomes limp and chipku kinds.

      If you have generally oily hair, here's what I would suggest: 1. Pick a shampoo meant for oily hair. The Pantene Lively Clean that I have mentioned is like that, but lots of brands make something similar.
      2. You might skip your conditioner once in a while - try that out. I think your hair might be soft enough even without it.
      3. Even when you use a conditioner, pick a very light one - something that is meant for daily use kinds - and use a very very small amount and apply it only to the lower 1/3 of your hair. Keep it away from the roots of your hair..basically away from any hair that is above your chin level hair.

      Also if you don't mind the cost, do give Lush's I Love Juicy a try. You can get a small bottle and use only once a week. It's fabulous for squeaky cleaning hair :D

      Hope all this helps :)

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  21. Hi
    Do u think it would strip hair of henna-indigo colour or colour of LUSH Caca Noir?

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  22. It does strip the color, Tamanna - not completely but it will dull the color quite a bit..especially Caca Noir is more indigo-based and is even more easy to strip off, in my opinion.

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    1. If you are looking to try this shampoo for the clarifying effect, you could limit using it to maybe 2-3 weeks after your color/henna application..that way the color has had some time to fix to the hair, plus in my case, I usuallly recolor in about 3-4 weeks so it's okay if the color fades off a bit by then :D :D

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