*This post is sponsored by Pantene but all opinions are my own.
My long locks have instilled themselves into my brand over the past couple of years. I have come to be Jenny with long hair. Many major moments of my life have been marked with transformations within my hair. My favorite memory of my childhood revolves around sitting at the foot of my parents’ bed with my mom pulling my growing hair into pigtails and decorating them with the newest hair accessories grandma had sent from China. And then in grade school, I got the typical Asian bowl cut because my mom didn’t think it was necessary to pay for children’s haircuts. As I entered middle school, while most girls had a straightener tied to their hips, I had a deep hatred for my naturally pin-straight strands and longed for their waves and curls.
Most people don’t realize that it was a long journey for me to accept my hair just the way it was, and is. While most Asians have fine and thin hair overall, Asian hair’s major difference is in the size of its follicles. Each individual strand is on average larger and thicker than Caucasian counterparts. Scientists believe that this allows Asian hair to be stronger and withstand more. For me, it meant I always had to take extra caution and research to look into products that will also cater to my specific hair needs.
Some FAQ About my Hair:
How do you obtain your hair volume?
My natural hair (air dried out of the shower), tends to be flat due to my fine hair. Most of the volume is achieved through the latter days when my hair is “dirtier” and carrying more product from the days prior. I focus a lot of volume products, such as dry shampoo, at my roots and REALLy work them in.
Is your hair all natural?
HECK YES!! Coming from an Asian household also means I get an (awesome) Asian mom who hates all things dye and deems extensions to be unnecessary. I am still in the market for some extensions for those days I need some extra volume though ahaha. But growing up, I did hate my black hair compared to my classmates’ hair, but over time, I’ve come to love the color of my hair 🙂
How did you get your hair to be so long?
My current length took about 2 years to grow out. I think my last full haircut was in the summer of 2018 after I graduated university and went from my current length to shoulder length. It was a great change to jumpstart a new chapter of my life, but after that, I kept growing it out with occasional trims (at the salon and at home when I can’t go to a salon) to what it is now. Maintaining its length hasn’t been hard, but keeping my entire bed of hair healthy has been difficult. So investing in hair care products that truly penetrate your hair is CRUCIAL.
How often do you wash your hair?
1-2 times a week, depending on my mood and the overall state of my hair. I have gone 1.5 weeks once and that was too much. It did take a lot of “training” to get to that timeline, but I have to say, do what’s best for your hair. Because of my fine hair, it gets oily at the roots the day after hair wash day…even after I’ve been “training” it for over a year now. For some of us, no matter how much we attempt to change our oil production, sometimes it just doesn’t work. Perhaps your hair really cannot withstand going past 2 days of not washing; with that, I say listen to your hair’s needs!
What products do you use on the daily? What advice do you have for people who want to grow their hair out?
I’ve used a wide range of Pantene products since the last two years of high school when my mom finally allowed me to get whatever products I wanted. From then to now, Pantene is a brand that has basically transformed itself into my household staple. In the past eight years, I have tried almost every line they’ve released. The latest one, the Nutrient Blends Collection, is my favorite yet.
The Miracle Moisture Boost Collection with Rose Water has been a combination of the holy grail of hair care products that helped me achieve better-looking hair, even amongst the harsh NY winter weather. Rose water is an extremely popular ingredient in hair care and skin care products for a plethora of good reasons. Rose water is known for its soothing and hydrating benefits, tied to its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also considered an astringent, which helps reduce oiliness, dandruff and frizz. Pantene’s Miracle Boost Collection with Rose Water was designed to soothe and hydrate dry and brittle hair, without comprising on its ingredients. The products are free of sulfates, parabens, dyes and mineral oils, allowing your hair to be fully nourished.
For my hair, personally, due to my thicker strands and longer length, I need products that allow for A LOT of moisture and hydration to be penetrated back into my strands. It’s extremely easy for my hair to feel dry, start frizzing and turn brittle. And due to the large hair follicles, products need a combination of intensive ingredients and be sulfate-and silicone-free to allow my hair to maintain or return to a better state. That’s why ingredients have been a crucial factor in choosing hair care products and the Miracle Moisture Boost Collection with Rose Water from Pantene will continue living in my shower with me.
There are three products within this collection, and here is how I use them:
- Rose Water Shampoo – This shampoo lathers beautiful without an overpowering scent. It provides a gentle cleanse without stripping your hair. I wash my hair 1-2 times a week and will only apply this to my scalp and scrub gently for 3-5 minutes. I believe that giving my scalp some extra TLC will make my hair grow 😉
- Rose Water Conditioner – This conditioner helps hydrate and tame frizz (which I definitely have a lot of) and provide a silky finish. I use this every time I wash my hair after rinsing my shampoo. Opposite of the shampoo, I only apply this to the latter half of my hair, since I tend to get super oily near my scalp. I usually leave this in my hair for the rest of my shower, and it is the last thing I rinse off.
- Rose Water Treatment – This deep treatment provides the most intense hydration. I will use this treatment every other hair wash day instead of my conditioner and apply it in the same way, but leaving it in longer. Those are the best days because I’m able to stay in the shower longer, and I always emerge feeling so fresh.
The combination of these products has truly revitalized my hair, and I feel so good knowing I’m using the best products to help nourish it. A good hair day can do wonders for my mood, and healthy hair can do wonders for my confidence. There’s a quote I read a while ago that I will never forget: “invest in your hair, it’s the crown you’ll never take off.” Truly, if there’s ever one advice to take away from this, it is to INVEST IN YOUR HAIR; you’ll never regret it.
You can shop the Miracle Moisture Boost Collection with Rose Water from Pantene at Pantene.com. And I’d love to hear your personal hair stories in the comments!
A million and one thanks for reading — until my next lil’ thought then!