I’ll never wash my hair without a detangling mist again and here’s why

Dry hair types, I have a winner for you

Editor / February 02 2023

A detangling mist was the first beauty product I ever remember owning. As someone who grew up with coarse curls, it was an absolute essential for allowing a brush to pass through my hair. You know the Paolo scene from The Princess Diaries? That was me.

And yet as I got older (and got into beauty as a job; lucky me), my routine grew to include everything from blonde-toning shampoo to heat protectant sprays, and somehow along the way I let my OG fave fall away.

Maybe it was because of the plethora of products I already had to use to keep my bleached, damaged hair afloat (AKA attached), and maybe simply because a detangling mist hadn’t crossed my desk (or knocked my socks off) since the old strawberry-scented one I used as a kid.

But when Pantene (a brand I’ve long relied on for smoothing, repairing formulas) dropped a detangling mist promising to aid the woes of dry hair, I knew I was a prime candidate as both a dry-haired girl and a previous mist fanatic…

The product

A must-try for anyone with parched, hard-to-handle hair, the Pantene Instant Smooth Detangling Mist ($15 at Woolworths) is devoted to nourishing, softening and smoothing dry hair, leaving it manageable instead of matted. Its goal is simple but game-changing, especially if you deal with dryness: to gift you smoothness, softness and shine for quick, easy styling.

Pantene Pro-V Instant Smooth Detangling Mist

Pantene Instant Smooth Detangling Mist review

Okay, review time! We’ll get to the formula, but I simply have to start out with the scent, mostly because I genuinely cannot get it off my mind. I cannot stress enough; if I could wear Pantene’s signature sweet-and-clean aroma in bottled fragrance form, I genuinely would. I love it that much.

As for how to apply, the instructions suggested spraying evenly onto damp hair before combing through, and I did just that fresh out of the shower. I do generally comb conditioner through my hair during my wash, and yet the post-tub tangle situation is always dire regardless. But a few spritzes of this stuff and the comb was practically gliding – think scissors through wrapping paper. For the record, the bottle does also specify to avoid eyes and maybe spritz over a mat or towel, and I did both to make sure no stinging or slipping occurred.

I left my hair to air-dry after spritzing to see how the detangling benefits stood up to time, and blessedly, no knots formed. I even thought my wave patterns dried a little smoother and slightly more defined than usual. It’s pretty impressive that such a simple step could cause such a major improvement.

I must confess I didn’t solely keep it for damp hair – I tend to only commit to a full shampoo and condition twice weekly, so I did find myself craving a couple of spritzes on the between-wash days, too. Plus, I wanted to see how it would behave on day-old, dry hair, as that’s the kind of hair that I usually struggle the most with, tangle-wise.

I’ll admit that the specific tangling benefits were more obvious on wet hair, perhaps because you can saturate the hair more without worrying about sabotaging your blow-wave, but it still offered a speedy refresh. The deliciously good scent, however, was more obviously apparent (and what a blessing that was) on dry hair, as it wasn’t competing with the smell of the shampoo and conditioner as well. The biggest benefit I did see on dry hair? Less frizz! And as anyone with dry hair will well understand, that’s a true gift.

It’s lucky it’s readily available on supermarket shelves (and goes for only $15), because I’m spritzing the stuff both generously and frequently.

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Delaney began her career in the Australian beauty media industry in 2015, landing amidst the glossy world of women’s lifestyle magazines (or more literally, in their beauty cupboards). Since then, she has gone on to write across a multitude of beloved Australian media brands, including OK!, NW, InStyle, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She’s covered every side of beauty content, from directing beauty editorial shoots to rounding up the best glossy serums for golden hour skin. Having spent nearly a decade immersed in the beauty realm, Delaney’s knowledge of beauty is as extensive as her collection of tinted lip oils (read: extremely extensive). Delaney is currently the Digital Managing Editor of BEAUTYcrew, and her beauty wisdom also appears across beautyheaven, ELLE and Marie Claire. She enjoys channelling her personal hobby (testing beauty products) into her professional work (talking about testing beauty products), and considers perfecting the art of a cat eye in a moving car her life’s greatest accomplishment.