There is so much talk, angst and knashing of teeth over the care & maintenance of Black hair. Should I go natural? Should I keep my relaxer? What do I do with my hair when I work out. Uggaaah.

Honestly, I don't really give it much thought. I just do my hair. I have been doing my own hair since I was probably 10 years old. I have had a lot of time to figure out what works and what doesn't. Why? Because my mother simply said she WAS NOT sending me to hair dresser every 2 weeks or so. It wasn't happening. I could figure it out or she would have me in two braided ponytails on each side of my head for the rest of my days. I chose to figure it out. PDQ.

So, it really doesn't make me no never mind or give me a worry in the world about "what to do with my hair." I just do it. I admit that if I want some color, I go to a professional. I simply don't do box color. I've seen way to many crazy results. When I did get a relaxer (I haven't in 3 years), I have it professionally done. I've burned myself way too many times. If I want a trim or a new style - professional. And while I'm talking about a professional - I mean a SALON. Not a shop. My salon doesn't have TV's, I am ALWAYS seen on time (and if I am more than 15min late, I am the one rescheduled), I am NEVER put under the dryer to buy time cause the stylist is backed up and it has NEVER taken more than 2 1/2 hours (only when getting full color process) to get my hair done. NONE OF THOSE SHENNANIGANS. Does it cost more? Probably. But time & trifling is money.

I just don't get all the angst and drama. Trial & error and I figured out what worked in the worst situations. My hair survived a military academy, the Army & numberous field exercises where there was NO curling iron or hair dryer for miles or even weeks. Then again necessity is the mother of invention.

I recently was asked to become a Pantenologist and give the new custom hair solutions from Pantene a try. Sure. I forgot about it until this huge box arrives with the kit you see above. It came with the four types of hair solutions (Fine, Thick, Curly, Color), a lab coat, glasses and a test kit (to test out what type of hair you had). Well I doned my lab coat and proceeded to conduct the tests even though I already knew I was Thick, Curly w/Color. It was amusing anyway. After the tests were confirmed, I decided to proceed with the the Medium-Thick hair solution as frizz is my main concern since I do not have a relaxer.

I washed & conditioned my hair with the Pantene Medium-Thick Hair Solution, blew it dry w/a hand held hair dryer, and styled using a flat iron. It took exactly 48 min from out of the shower to styled hair. I got in the shower at 4pm and was completly done with my hair by 5pm. I was out the door to attend a dinner by 5:25. (Yeah, my outfit was ret tah go in advance) I guess I got this getting it together business down.

I was very pleased with the results of the Pantene Medium-Thick Hair Solution. No frizz and my hair feels great...even 3 days later. Actually feels better than what I'm currently using - not that I put much thought into it before. I'm going to give the Curly & Color Solutions a try over the next two weeks and see if there is a difference in the solutions for my hair. I'm pretty confident I'm going to end up using the gift card to purchase the full sized Medium-Thick Hair Solution.

If you think you would like to give one of the Pantene Hair Solutions a try, you can find the little sample packs at your local store or be one of the first to give one a try by getting a free sample at pantene.com

This product review was based on using complimentary Pantene products provided by P&G. I also recieved a $25 Gift Card.