2014 marks the tenth year that I have lived intentionally with my naturally, tightly coiled, uber shrinking, curly hair. I find the timing interesting considering the latest campaign I was chosen to be a part of.
This season, I will be and have been styling my hair with various Pantene products including items from their Truly Natural Collection. Why does this matter? Because when I first cut off my chemically and permanently relaxed hair and started styling my curly hair, I used Pantene products. It is what my family used when I was a child and it is what I initially used on my curly hair.
Over the past 10 years, I have gone on to use numerous products by other brands for various reasons. One main being that I like products specifically designed for my curly hair. Therefore I’m intrigued and eager to try Pantene’s latest collection. We’re having a reunion!
It should be noted that after all these years and all the numerous hair companies and products that have launched, Pantene still reigns as the World’s #1 Hair Care Brand and they are dedicated to keeping every woman’s hair healthy, shiny and beautiful. <– I can rock with that.
Now in addition to trying a variety of Pantene products out of sheer curiosity, I also have a need. Around this time of year, I get all sorts of holiday invites. There are the corporate holiday parties, the friendship holiday parties, the “out-on-the-town”- “I live in NY”- “my life is epic sometimes” holiday parties. And sometimes there are the, “oh-my-lover-just-invited-me-to-a-holiday-party” and I need to look GORGEOUS!
In addition to needing to style my hair for all of these kinds of holiday parties, I need something practical. New York keeps getting hit by flurries of snow. Didn’t it rain last week too? Therefore I decided the best styles to try this season would be what I’m calling the “Carefree-Bohemian-Updo.” I figure if my hair is pinned up with some intentional flyaways and cascading curls, I can come away with a sophisticated, chic but easy going and stylish look.
You know I make a mood board for everything right? Well some of my inspiration can be found on my “Holiday Hair” pinterest board. I can’t find the exact style that I’m picturing in my head. I wish I knew how to draw. Maybe that might help. But the board is a starting point. I’m imaging that the back of my hair is loosely pinned up, possibly in a low braid or twist. I want the front to have one side with cascading defined curls that blow in the wind and the other side to have some loose twist or braid that has been pinned in a carefree bohemian way. (This coming from a woman who has spent most of the past 10 years rocking a simple twist out. I know. I know.)
I found Maegan Tintari on Flickr and while she has straight hair, she’s another that’s inspiring my “Carefree-Bohemian-Updo.”
This truly is going to be an adventure. Aside from a shampoo and conditioner, my main hair products include a hair butter and sometimes an ACV rinse. The lack of styling products might have sometimes to do with how quickly my hair can get unruly or why a “defined” braid outs last only 2 hours or so for me. With that being said, Pantene sent a bunch of products to help me in this epic quest. (Trust me, this is epic. Remember, I’ve been rocking a twist out for 10 years. I don’t even know if I know how to french braid.)
The products include:
- CO-WASH Cleansing Conditioner
- Deep Conditioner
- Clarifying Shampoo
- Defining Curls Styling CUSTARD
- Shine Serum with ARGAN OIL
- Advanced Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist
- No Crunch Curls Whip
- Ultimate 10 BB CRÈME <– I didn’t even know they made BB Creme for hair.
- Pantene Pro-V Stylers Hairspray <– I think the last time I used hairspray was circa 1997. This will be interesting!
1. Photo Credit One used via Creative Commons by LoveMegan
2. Photo Credit Two used via Creative Commons by LoveMegan
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