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40 Incredible Vintage Black Hair Ads

• Jan 17, 2018

Over the past few decades the look of black hair market has changed tremendously. From press n-curls to afros to *gulp* Jheri Curls. However, it’s not that often we get to see how much the marketing of black hair has changed. Get into these gorgeous vintage black hair ads.

1972 afro sheen ad

afro sheen ad vintage

Source: Vintage Black Glamour

first black breck shampoo girl

bergamot vintage afro hair ad

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duke hair ad

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royal shield afro vintage ad

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johnsonandjohnson vintage ad

Source: Vintage Black Glamour

vintage wig ad

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niceneasy hair color vintage ag

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care free curl vintage ad

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curl activator

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classy curl 80s

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curl and wave vintage ad

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curly kit pro-line 80s

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carefree curl ad

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fullawaves vintage ad

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relaxer ad vintage

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right on curls vintage 80s ad

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stay-sof-fro curl activator

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Yes, there was a time where roller sets were popular for men. I don’t know when that was but it happened.

s-curl 80s ad

Do you remember any ads from the past? Share your favorites below!

afro sheen gif

About Rinny

Texan by birth, Los Angeleno by situation. Lover of Tame Impala and Shoegaze music. Comedian by trade. Macaroni and Cheese connoisseur by appetite.

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yevandy
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this is just nostalgic…
i love everything vintage.…

alison hilaire
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alison hilaire

Waow!!! I love these ads. The current brands need to do something like this ! 🙂

SoNamed
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SoNamed

Awesome! I love seeing positive articles about black and African history!

Shereese
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Shereese

These ads are hilarious! Whew! Thank God for change!!!😂🤣

Doreen Patterson
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Doreen Patterson

Some of those sideburns are absolutely superb!
These ads would make great posters

Joy
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Joy

with each decade our texture got looser and looser until it was finally “bone straight” (hey i think that was a product back in the day!) smh.… these pics were such eye openers…and kinda sad… So the question is: in 15 years will the natural movement of the 2000’s be considered a phase or is it here to stay? i personally hope its here to stay.…

Boomer on fire
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Boomer on fire

I remember many of these ads! So much fun in this reminder! Thanks for your work!

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This article was really good.
I love how so many of the pictures showed the family unit too.
We need to go back in time.

Summer
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Summer

Can’t remember when I have seen a black family ad. These pix are beautiful, made my day

Yass
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Yass

Beautiful collection

Tia
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Tia

Yes!! I remember many of these ads in my grandma’s old Ebony & Fredericks of Hollywood magazines! So many memories!!!

Bren
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Bren

I’ll be 60 years old this year. My parents subscribed to Ebony and Jet magazines so I remember all of these ads. My favorite was of the beautiful chocolate family with the gorgeous baby girl and her two pony tails! Thanks for posting these… brings back a lot of sweet memories.

Von
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Von

The ad w/ the “wave” family had me DEAD!

dropstep
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dropstep

Me too! 😀

jolomi
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jolomi

These pictures make me so sad. I know times and fashion change but I wish looking like this wasn’t seen as a look today but just us being us because that’s who we are and how we look.

wjla
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wjla

Unfortunately we weren’t aware of all the chemicals in these products. I used just about all of them in my hair.

dropstep
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dropstep

We’ve been transforming our hair forever! It’s so ironic how all these black hair transformations are still going on until today.

NoMoreCandy4U
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NoMoreCandy4U

WOW! This is a beautiful article. First to see truly Black families, you don’t see that anymore in advertisements and TV commercials. They are brain-washing the younger generation today to believe that the Black family is none-existing. We still have loving Black families but not in their eyes,
I remember some of those advertisements and loving the Afro’s, so Black & Beautiful.
I’ll probably print some of these and put in my Book of Yesteryears.

Dee Dee
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Dee Dee

My Black is Beautiful!

Ja-Nell
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Ja-Nell

Love these! I’m going to try and blow some up for posters. Love seeing all the styles and inclusion of the black family.

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