Tried and tested

Does the 3 Minute Mir­a­cle de­liver on its hair re­pair prom­ise?

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Beauty -

Since it launched a few months ago, more than 25m bot­tles of Pan­tene 3 Minute Mir­a­cle have been sold in the US, so when we heard it was launch­ing here, we knew we had to give it a go. The much­hyped con­di­tioner claims to be as in­ten­sive as a weekly hair treat­ment mask, re­pair­ing up to three months worth of dam­age in just three min­utes, and at €5.75, it’s a bar­gain to boot. But does it de­liver? We en­listed three guinea pigs to find out, putting all four va­ri­eties through their paces...

1. Pan­tene 3 Minute Mir­a­cle Colour Pro­tect:

“Pan­tene’s new 3 Minute Mir­a­cle is a lovely, in­ten­sive con­di­tioner. It left my hair feel­ing gor­geously soft and my colour looked beau­ti­fully shiny the day I used it as well. I’m not sure about re­pair­ing three months of dam­age in three min­utes — that seems like a pretty tall or­der, but it’s def­i­nitely a great mois­ture-boost­ing hair treat­ment.”

2. Pan­tene 3 Minute Mir­a­cle Smooth & Sleek:

“I don’t tend to put on hair masks very of­ten, so my hair did feel no­tice­ably smoother and sleeker af­ter I used 3 Minute Mir­a­cle — those three min­utes were long enough to soothe my stressed out strands. That said, I don’t think three months of dam­age had been re­paired. This is a very good con­di­tioner for the price, but the re­sult wasn’t as mirac­u­lous as I was ex­pect­ing.”

3. Pan­tene 3 Minute Mir­a­cle Vol­ume & Body:

“The prod­uct left my colour-treated hair feel­ing silky, shiny and in bet­ter over­all con­di­tion than usual. While it didn’t weigh down my hair, there wasn’t a huge im­prove­ment in vol­ume, sadly. But I will def­i­nitely con­tinue to use the con­di­tioner for the long-last­ing soft­ness it gave my hair — two days later, it still felt great.”

4. Pan­tene 3 Minute Mir­a­cle Re­pair & Pro­tect:

“Any hair prod­uct that boasts about be­ing ‘a mir­a­cle’ needs to de­liver — and that’s no mean feat for Pan­tene, see­ing as my hair is thick, wiry and curly, with straw-like ends where high­lights are still grow­ing out. I smoothed over this in­ten­sive con­di­tioner, which felt su­per-hy­drat­ing, mas­sag­ing it through to the ends. Af­ter three min­utes, I washed it out, ex­pect­ing to feel it still coat­ing my hair, but there was no such feel­ing — good news if you don’t want your hair to be weighed down. My locks do feel no­tice­ably softer af­ter­wards and the straw ends have been tamed, but it’s still frizzy enough for me to need some leave-in con­di­tioner. It’s go­ing to take longer than three min­utes to tame th­ese corkscrew curls.”

Pan­tene 3 Minute Mir­a­cle, €5.75 each, buy one get one free from Su­per­drug

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