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Herbal Essences Shows Women Embracing Change In New Campaign

Forsman & Bodenfors teams with director Vincent Haycock to capture real stories from women

Herbal Essences Shows Women Embracing Change In New Campaign

Change is a natural part of life that can take many forms and emotions: from scary to invigorating, tough to empowering. But when people go through change, they often grow, and can start to see the everyday in new ways. Herbal Essences – a brand that is no stranger to change itself – is encouraging women to embrace change in their life – big or small – as a way to live more fully and let life in.

Inspired by the stories of real women, Herbal Essences and agency Forsman & Bodenfors are celebrating different aspects of change, and how change manifests in women’s individual choices to change their hair. In an intimate and heartwarming short documentary film, four women share their backgrounds, their motivations for making a choice to change, and how the outcome of their choice ultimately made them feel more alive.

“Herbal Essences is a brand that has always been about bringing women moments of joy – both in their beauty routine and in their life,” explains Kate Voyten, Herbal Essences Brand Director. “We consistently hear about change in their life, both the fear of the change itself and the joy that came through making the change, which we celebrate in this video.”

To further define the power of change, Herbal Essences conducted an international survey of women ages 18 – 35 which revealed that the majority of American (87%) and British (80%) women have made significant changes to their appearance after a big life change, and that one-third of women (US: 33%, UK: 36%) believe it would be hard to change their lifestyle without also changing their hair.

Survey results also unearthed the following feelings about change and the positive impact it can have on one’s outlook on life:

• 9 in 10 women (US: 90%, UK: 92%) who have made a change in the past 12 months say their change had a positive impact on their life

• 3 in 4 (US: 76%, UK: 74%) women who have made changes in the past 12 months note that changing how they look has made it easier to make other changes in their life

• The majority of women in the US (89%) and UK (92%) feel fear of change is worse than change itself

Herbal Essences is also inviting women to contribute their own stories of change, from that memorable haircut to a major life event, beginning with its network of influencers to help further the dialogue.

Women who want to participate can join the conversation using #LetLifeIn and #EmbraceChange, which embody the spirit of the campaign. “We all have stories of personal change that have impacted us,” says Voyten, “But the most eye-opening part of change is not only what led you to the choice, but the self-discovery that lies on the other side - and the confidence you build to embrace future changes and growth.”

Creative Agency

Social: Sebastian Nowacki

Producer: Anna Junker, Tina Weman

Planners: My Troedsson

Music Supervisor: Gabe McDonough

Designer: Karin Nolmark

Creatives: Mathias Appelblad, Rikke Jacobsen

Creative Agency: Forsman & Bodenfors

Account Supervisor: Susanna Fagring

Account Managers: Jessica Bonebjär, Britta Malmberg

Media Agency

Media Agency: Hearts & Science, MMC

Production Company

Production Company: Park Pictures

DOP: Vincent Haycock

Category: Beauty/health , Haircare

Genre: Documentary