We all dream of the thick, full locks we see on shampoo adverts. And nine times out of ten, those locks are on an adult model – but all that’s changing thanks to a new recruit on the modelling circuit: One-year-old baby Chanco.
Last summer, Chanco became a social media sensation, all thanks to her hair. The then seven-month-old went viral after her mother shared pictures showing Chanco’s full head of glossy black locks, with her Instagram account racking up more than 340,000 followers.
Now aged one, Chanco has been unveiled by Pantene Japan as the star of its latest ad campaign. But don’t worry, this isn’t about selling products for babies’ hair – the #HairWeGo campaign actually has a very sweet message.
In it, Chanco stars alongside Sato Kondo, a Japanese TV presenter who is known for her grey hair.
‘The Hair Story’ video tells the tale of how Chanco gained lots of attention online because of her impressive tresses – not all of it positive.
“One day a wonderful thing happened,” the narrator says, being the voice of Chanco. “A baby with lots of hair was about to get his hair cut. But when his mummy saw my pictures she realised that it’s OK to be different.”
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2018年。 染めない、隠さないグレイヘアが、多くの女性の賞賛を得た近藤サトさん。 生まれたままの髪の個性が、世界中の人々に愛された爆毛赤ちゃん @babychanco 。 ・ ふたりはわたしたちに、自分を素直に表現することの大切さを 教えてくれたのかもしれません。 ・ 2019年。 もっとたくさんの人たちが「なりたい私」へ、一歩踏み出せる年でありますように。 #さあこの私で行こう ・ パンテーンは美しい髪で、すべての女性を応援します。 ・ In 2018, Sato Kondo, who proudly lives without coloring or hiding her grey hair, won the admiration of many women. Hairmax Baby, @babychanco , received love from people all over the world because of her naturally unique hair. ・ In some way or other, these two may have taught us the importance of expressing our true selves. ・ In 2019, We hope many more women will take a step forward towards who they want to be. ・ ・ #さあこの私で行こう #さあこの髪で行こう #HairWeGo #パンテーン #pantene #近藤サト #グレイヘア #爆毛赤ちゃん #babychanco
Pantene hopes the video will promote self-acceptance – whatever your age.
“We feel [Chanco’s] beautiful hair has strong power that makes people positively move forward,” Ooshiaki Okura, P&G Japan Hair Care Associate Brand Director told People.
“We went straight to her mother because Chanco’s personality and special character matches our image for women we want to support.”
Fans are thrilled about the adorable tot’s new starring role.
“The BEST brand ambassador for Pantene! Cutest baby with the best. hair. ever!” commented Instagram user Pinky.1995.
“At 35, still waiting for my hair to come in like that #hairgoals,” wrote Cookiebear315.
Honestly, this is the best thing I have ever seen. Babies are great when they are bald. But a baby with crazy Donnie Osmond-at-the-peak-of-his-career hair?
I DIE. pic.twitter.com/0gsIFgrc6y— Geraldine (@everywhereist) January 11, 2019
Want to see more of those luscious locks? Here’s the full English version of the Hair Story video.
- Press Association