Does Panthenol (Vitamin B5) Help Fine or Brittle Hair?

by Viviscal Hair Expert on September 15th, 2015
Panthenol for hair moisture

Look on the back of your shampoo, conditioner and even skin care products. It is likely that you will see the ingredient panthenol. Commonly used in a variety of cosmetics, panthenol is a derivative of vitamin B5. Its popularity in hair care products is prolific, and some cite it as the inspiration for the brand name Pantene.

Blogs and beauty gurus often tout the effects of using panthenol for hair. Despite its origins, panthenol behaves in some ways more like a protein than a vitamin. When you wash your hair with a product containing panthenol, the ingredient penetrates the hair shaft, and helps to improve moisture retention. Hair that is properly moisturized appears thicker and more elastic, making it less susceptible to breakage. This is why panthenol is often a popular choice for people with fine or brittle hair.

Is Panthenol Bad for Hair?

There are a number of rumors around the use of panthenol in hair products. Some internet forums claim that it can result in a waxy buildup around the roots of the hair. Most scientific research agrees that panthenol is highly soluble in water or alcohol. This makes it easy to wash out, leaving the claims of this mysterious wax a bit baffling.

Others claim that panthenol’s moisturizing effect can cause the hair to retain moisture and become frizzy. Although there is little scientific evidence to back up this claim, everyone’s hair is different. If you have very curly hair with naturally good elasticity and moisture retention, you may get little benefit to be had from panthenol. In this case, try a product without it or an alternative to shampoo such as bicarbonate soda.

Among hair experts and dermatologists, panthenol is a substance unanimously rated as non-toxic and is not considered harmful for hair and skin. It can also be found in a variety of acne treatments.

Panthenol also It has fantastic benefits for protecting brittle hair against breakage, and has its place in Viviscal Gentle Shampoo.

The positive effects of using most of the products from any of our Viviscal kits take effect after consistent use over a number of days. However, if you want to boost the look of your thinning or fine hair with immediate effect, try Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers. These microfibers are electrostatically charged to stick to your existing hair. We offer a variety of colors to match your natural shade, and all of them wash out effortlessly with our shampoo.