3 Black Hair Products That Have Stood The Test Of Time

Murray’s Pomade

If you don’t know what Murray’s Pomade is, you have to be not of this world. I feel like Murray’s is what Mister used in his hair in the movie The Color Purple. In my mind, Murray’s Pomade is what all the Temptations used in their movie too.

The product is such a staple it’s crazy. I see college aged guys who are into the 360 waves using this product. I see grandpas using this product. Women with short cuts use this product to hold styles in place. Murray’s is universal.

The orange colored tin can will live through the apocalypse.

Murray’s Superior Products was founded in 1925 by C.D. Murray. He was a barber in Chicago. Apparently Chicago was the place to be if you were black and had a business idea that concerned black hair care.

The official name of the pomade is Murray’s Superior Hair Dressing Pomade. My guess is that part of the longevity of this product, has to do with the fact that it simply never runs out. Have you ever seen the bottom of a Murray’s Pomade tin can? I, have not and I have 2 tins under my sink right now.


Yeah, Murray’s is not going anywhere.

Dark and Lovely

Dark and Lovely is actually under the umbrella of Soft Sheen Carson. But, when you read ‘Soft Sheen Carson’ you don’t get the same vibe as you do when you read ‘Dark and Lovely.’ Right?

Dark and Lovely was introduced in 1972. The brand Soft Sheen Carson was another Chicago born brand started in 1964. Dark and Lovely was created for and marketed specifically to black women. Originally, it was a hair color line only. Later, the Dark and Lovely relaxer joined the product line.

The Dark and Lovely hair color box is something we all expect to see when perusing the aisles of any beauty supply store or mainstream store. Just the same, we have all seen the logo brandished across the front of bottles and boxes in our stylists’ supply stashes.

Anytime you ask about hair color, there will definitely be at least a few responses that include suggestions to use the Dark and Lovely line of products. They are a go-to for many women who color their hair at home.

The variety of colors they produce are everywhere. Whether you’re in Walmart of Ulta, you will see a full line of multiple hair color options made just for women of color. This is part of what has made them a standard in the black hair community.

Although Dark and Lovely’s history doesn’t date back as far as the others on this list, they are still just as embedded in our minds and bathroom cabinets. Who doesn’t know Dark and Lovely?

These black hair care products give us confidence when styling our hair. They’ve proven their importance and have stood the test of time. Which ones do you own?

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About Kaye Wright


Kaye Wright is a short hair lover and pixie perfecter. With 3 instructional eBooks, a short hair blog and a growing YouTube channel, she covers all things short relaxed hair. From the latest styles, to products, to money saving tips, she has got you covered.

About Kaye Wright


Kaye Wright is a short hair lover and pixie perfecter. With 3 instructional eBooks, a short hair blog and a growing YouTube channel, she covers all things short relaxed hair. From the latest styles, to products, to money saving tips, she has got you covered.

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