Black Hair TV Ads From the Past

by Alona of Hair Politik

What better way to start the New Year than to look back at all of the funny, wacky and memorable black hair commercials from the past. Some we love and cherish. Others we'd rather forget!

1988 Soul Glo (Coming to America)
For the record, I know this is from a movie. But it's hilariously funny. So, it definitely counts!




A Message from Frederick Douglass on keeping your Fro Fly! (Afro Sheen)



Queen of Sheba (Afro Sheen)



Player's Man



King of Pop Catches Fire for Pepsi
WARNING: The following video contains very graphic images that may not be suitable for all audiences or those that love the King of Pop. No disrespect to the late, great, Michael Jackson. But, when we talk about commercials and black hair, sooner or later this terribly tragic incident will come up. So, I felt I had to include it. Just know that it goes under the list of commercials I would rather forget. R.I.P. Michael.



So In Style Stylin Hair Doll Barbie



Above the Influence with Natural Hair



Hair Wars
No offense to my lovelies with relaxed hair or those that wear weaves, but I think this web commercial from The Coil Review is hilarious (said the woman wearing a half wig).


**What's your favorite hair commercial of all time?**

25 Weigh in!:
Curly Chic said...

I love this! Great way to kick off my morning!
Tammy G

Siera said...

I looovvve the afro-sheen commercials!They were so full of Black Pride!!

Ms. Sassy said...

Lol I love the Soul Glow commercial! The Coil Review commercial was pretty cute. Talk about natural hair divas!

Anonymous said...

I love these!! They are great! I especially like the Hair War web commercial!! I love the different texture, coil, length, and styles shown in it.

Anonymous said...

The coil review commercial was the best one had me switching in my house, having new confidence. Yes. we do live in a world filled with wigs and weaves and it has become a boring world that everyone looks alike. How vibrant and fun our hair is without all that nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for making me laugh so hard this morning!!! I absolutely loved all of the videos especially the Soul Glo commercial!! You cant talk about hair and hair commercials and not include Soul Glo!!!!! I also really loved the The Coil Review web commercial!

LBell said...

I've seen all of these before, some of them when they originally aired (I'm talking about the Afro Sheen ones and yes, I'm showing my age) but the only one I played again was the Coil Review one. That one SHOULD have been on television (BET, TVOne, I'm looking at you).

Although they're not hair commercials per se, I always am in awe of the hair worn by the dancers on Soul Train in the early 70s. There are YouTube clips...just do a search.

HairPolitik said...

Just let you SOOOOOULLLLLLL GLOOOO baby, feeling oh so silky smooth! Lol.

I'm glad you all enjoyed these as much as I did. When I saw that Soul Glo commercial I busted out laughing so hard. Ohhh the memories, lol.

@LBell, I didn't see these commercials when they aired, you are very lucky. When I found those Afro Sheen commercials, they were like jewels to me... especially the Queen of Sheba one. It really filled me with so much pride. Here is a sister that did not fit most of the mainstream definitions of beauty, then and now, but it is undeniable how breathtakingly gorgeous she is. And she knows it. That's a beautiful thing!

Have a great day everyone!

Anonymous said...

I love the Afro Sheen Commercial (Featuring Frederick Douglass). It warmss my heart. :)

Anonymous said...

actually, I am loving the natural in the new Tropicana50 commercial.

does anyone know who the natural is in the Tropicana50 commercial? She is the real star if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

You KNOW your hair must look crazy if Frederick Douglass says that you "look a mess." ROFL Thanks for sharing these vids!! I needed that!

Anonymous said...

I loved these they were refreshing. I to remember some of the afro sheen commercials, even seeing the products in my house until the relaxer and the dreaded Jericurl became popular(I hated the curl just my opinion only because I had one)

SweetThang said...

I used to love the Ultra and Afro Sheen commercials that used to come on during Soul Train back in the day.

Also, the Soul Glo commercial is hilarious. I remember to from "Coming to America". I remember when the boyfriends parents came over to Mr. McDowell's house and left grease stains on the couch.

arl101442 said...

Oh my. My, my, my. Some made me laugh and the MJ one made me cry. RIP MJ. The last one is just too funny, that and Soul Glo... ahh the memories. The only one I'm not familiar with is the Barbie commercial but I saw all the Soul Train ones during the 70s Soul Train era. Oh the memories.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for these!

Kin la Belle said...

Take me back! I loved the old Natalie Cole Posner commercials from back in the day.The early Cream of Nature commercials were goofy but they gave us a good laugh!

My mom used to sing a horrible jingle when we were kids: "if your hair is short and nappy, Concoline will make it happy..."

*Insert Eye Rolling Here!*

Anonymous said...

I remember the afrosheen commercials well! Thanks for the memories (even the ones that I'd like to forget...like my lustrasilk curl circa '84).

Emma said...

Nearly fell off my chair laughing!. Check out the Afro-sheen queen, Lord ha mercy! hahaha. made my day y'all. All of a sudden I feel young again, like back in my thirties. Funny.

Ugomma N. said...

I really like those Afro SHeen commercials! I'm not so sure about the product itself, but I like the message!

oh and of course.... JUST LET YOUR SOOOOOOOUL GLO!!!

Tina said...

I heart the Above the Influence and Natural Wars commericals!

Aisak said...

Lol. Soul Glo. I feel like I remember the Afro Sheen Commercials. I've never seen the hair wars before but I must have missed it. On my way to look for them online. Thanks for this.

Nutmeg said...

You are a gem for posting these.

Jasmine said...

lmao that coil review commercial has me cracking up. that ladies locs are so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Pshhhh!!! Soul Glo!!! Hahahahahaha Oh man my stomach hurts.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that LOOOOOVVVEEE the Players... wait sorry Playaz Man??? I died twice laughing. I love how the women just come out the woods for this man and his hair. But the BEST, the rolling on the floor moment was when someone slid in the tape!!!!! A.J.

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