Should Negro Men Marcel Their Hair? This was the title of theabove article from Jet magazine on September 24, 1953.Some folks back in the day said marcel or processed hair; also knownas konked hair looked, “sissified” on Brothers.A konk-wearer explained, “We don’t look any more sissified than themen of Victorianian times who powdered their wigs or wore pompadours.” The
Sweet Georgia Brown Hair Dressing Pomade from the 1930s to early 1950s….just had to “hold down those kinks…”From esnarf.com.
Aren’t Hair Relaxers nothing more thancrack cream?It’s addictive…relatively cheap…easyto get & one of the hardest addictions to overcome.And it easily takes over one’s life.Additionally, it damages your hair,scalp and who knows what else asit penetrates your blood stream.Being hooked on hair relaxers makes one ahair dope.
There’s a pack of Cigarettes…a pack of Cards…a pack of Wolves…& then you’ve got your Pack of Hair…
Cream Crack How Do I Hate Thee! by BoingBoing You hooked me! I woke up in cold sweats pining from your deadly fumes that filled me up with the aroma of love. You burned me! To touch you left me with patches that stripped life away from the very roots that bloomed from within.
Garret Augustus Morgan (1877- 1963) The website Skin Biology: The Truth About Hair Relaxers,elaborateson how Garret Morgan, known for his invention of the traffic light and gas mask, also invented the first hair relaxer.He was working in a sewing machine repair shop around 1910. Garret was trying to invent a new lubricating liquid for the machine needle.The story goes that
Here’s an Ebony magazine ad forDuke hair pomade for men. The adis emphasizing the grease is greaseless.The model, Hal DeWindt looks like hedoesn’t have the typical kinky texture ofhair.
Here’s a Dixie Peach Hair Dressing Pomade ad from June, 1960Ebony magazine. The ad underscores using Dixie Peach willmake your hair soft, smooth, & lustrous.
(courtesy of vieilles annonces) This Sulfur-8 ad for conditioner and shampoo claimed you would have longer, healthier, & richer looking hair. The ad also asked if your hair is too short and measly (misspelled in the ad)-looking.
(courtesy of vieilles annonces) This Posner Bergamot Hair Conditioner ad from Ebony magazine, December 1959 professes to be water repellent (yeah, right).