Pantene is arguably the most famous name in hair care, but just how long has Pantene been around, and what has gone into making it such a recognized authority on beautiful hair? We’ve gone back to the beginning to illuminate some of the milestones in Pantene’s rich heritage.
It All Starts in Switzerland
During WWII, scientists in Switzerland were charged with the task of finding more effective treatments for burn victims. Their great discovery? Panthenol, the pro-vitamin of vitamin B5 which helped to treat burns.
Pantene is Born
Inspired by panthenol, Pantene, owned by Swiss drug company Hoffman-LaRoche, makes its debut as a premium hair care line across Europe, replete with glass bottles and prestige scents.
The Leap to America
Demand from European travelers in the United States drives American retailers to import Pantene from Switzerland. The shopping in New York City gets even better when Pantene launches in the U.S. exclusively in upscale establishments.
The Gold Cap
Pantene changed to new packaging with its iconic gold cap and, 35 years later, women still remember gold-capped Pantene.
Let’s Get Serious
In the early ‘80s, Pantene expands its product lineup while elevating Pantene’s scientific as the foundation for beautiful and healthy looking hair with the new Pantene tagline The Care and Feeding of Beautiful Hair.”
Pop Culture Phenomenon
Pantene’s “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” campaign becomes one of the most famous and memorable campaigns and taglines in hair care advertising history. And with its acquisition of Pantene in 1985, Procter and Gamble expands Pantene’s distribution on a massive scale, making the hair care technology of Pantene accessible to women everywhere.
Around the World
Pantene makes its way across the globe, launching in Australia, New Zealand, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, Korea and Japan. A staggering array of hair care and hairstyling product offerings and a stronger focus on hair healthy-looking hair.
A Billion Reasons to Believe
Pantene becomes one of P&G’s Billion Dollar Brands.
1997 to 1998
The Height of Fashion
Pantene continues its run as a premium hair care brand and media darling with endorsements from top beauty and fashion magazines.
2000 to 2006
Get the Look
Pantene revolutionizes its approach to haircare by making products that cater to the look you want. With many hair care and hairstyling products across the world, Pantene delivers on all your beauty hair care needs and possibilities!
The Structure Revolution
After years of extensive research and development, Pantene launches its most comprehensive and groundbreaking offering yet—customized solutions all based on hair structure. If you know the hair you have, Pantene will give you the hair you want.