Super Duper Flashback Time!


My relaxed and curly days.

So, if you’ve been following Hairscapades for a while, have read my older posts here or on the GOC blogs, you know that I’ve been natural for 11 years. The multitude of products that exist out there now for curly hair were not even a twinkle in the eyes of all these natural and natural hair “upstart” businesses. We had limited options maaaannnnn (say that like Chris Rock;).  So, yesterday, featured the following Curl to Curl question:

When you first started your natural journey what was the FIRST product line you used? And do you still use it?

OMGosh ya’ll, that took me back!!!! The thing is, I wore my hair curly when I was relaxed! I have mentioned this before in My HairStory, but I only self-relaxed twice a year and my hair was never bone straight. I started working out regularly the summer after my sophomore year in college and that’s when I really started struggling with keeping my hair straight. Add humid New Jersey summers to the equation, and I started to figure out how I could wear my relaxed hair curly with a couple of the right products. When I started training for competitions a few years after graduating, I gave up the battle of straightening my relaxed hair entirely and began wearing it curly consistently. Funny enough, now that I think about it, from the ages of 14 to 28, unbeknownst to me, I was constantly transitioning for 6 months only to relapse!!  LOL!! Anywho, long ramble to say that I was wearing my hair curly despite relaxing it and these are the products I used to do it!!

I had to google to remember the name of the “scrunching” spray that I used when I started wearing my hair curly!!! It was completely escaping me!!! “90s curl sprays” finally found a commercial for that which I was seeking!

LMBO!!! Yo, Pumping Curls was my junk!!!!! Drying alcohol and all!!!! LOL!!! And Frizz Ease was a Godsend!!! It de-frizzed like nobody’s business as long as you used it on dripping wet hair (which was a pain)! I would put in the FE serum first and then hit my hair with the Pumping Curls and get to SCRUNCHING!!! LOL!!! I also used my Pantene shampoos and “coney” conditioners… the “regular” line … not Relaxed & Natural. My hair never liked “ethnic” products. I finally think I figured out why last year because of CurlyNikki. Most proteins and my hair don’t agree. I always wondered why products targeted to African-American hair made my hair hard when wet and brittle and dry feeling when dry. Now I know! Because many times they are protein-laden to restore hair damaged and destroyed by chemicals. Anywho, ‘dem silicones in Frizz Ease and Pantene did a sister’s curls good!!! LOL! What you don’t know can’t hurt ya! (Well, it can, but ya’ll know what I’m saying;)! Alas, Pumping Curls went the way of the dodo bird. But John Frieda is still going strong! He just doesn’t have a monopoly on the curly hair demographic anymore. Rather, there’s one million times the competition, a demographic that clamors for all-natural and organic lines, as well as about 500 home grown mixtresses blazing trails into the rapidly expanding market !! John Frieda was one of the few lines that existed over a decade ago to give us an option for wearing our hair gorgeously curly (instead of making it seem like the only choice was beating it into straight submission). However, now Frizz Ease has been pushed to the periphery. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see John Frieda reinvent the line with new silicone, sulfate and paraben free formulas;)!

(p.s. We’ll have to talk about my gel/grease WnG combo when I went fully natural another time. ;))


How long ago did you transition to natural? What products did you use when you did? Which ones, if any, do you still use?

11 responses »

  1. Okay, so I have been drifting for a while, but girl you just brought me back! Frizz Ease was my ish back in the day. I had totally forgot about it until your post. All I can say is wow, products have come a looooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggg way.


  2. lol. I started with pantene before they had the brown bottles. I used the brown gel. Ya know which one. Of course in my pjism because they discontinued I brought a case of the brown gel. So I still have 4 jars left but I would never put that in my hair now. I big chopped while relax to short style then transitioned more with braids. Big chopped not what I expected got a silkner. I did more research and transitioned again and BC this july. Now I’m on to Terressentials, Giovanni and Kimmaytube leave-in. Keeping it real simple and loving it.


  3. Oh wow!!! It was back in 96 or 97 I was using a styling gel by Paul Sebastian called “Wet” It wasn’t like your average styling gel it was more liquid and came in a tube. My Short cropped hair LOVED that stuff. Can’t find it anywhere now. Not to mention I’m sure it had lots of the “no-no” ingredients in it anyway because It made my hair hard and extremely shiny but i suffered from dryness and breakage hence the reason for the short cut LOL. More recent (circa 2000), again before I was into products that keep my hair healthy, My staple was “Luster’s Scurl Texturizer Stylin’ Waves Hair Gel”. Yes the S-Curl gel that was geared toward men. It kept my Short hair shiny and curly as long as I kept my hair under a certain length LOL the longer my hair grew the more product I had to use. It got to the point where I was using way too much product so I X’d it and started my longer natural hair journey up to now.


  4. I used Frizz Ease because my mom used it on her hair. My hair loved regular Pantene too. It actually grew a lot when I used Pantene. I also used Creme of Nature shampoo and conditioner. I was never into deep conditioners, but I used the Queen Helene Cholesterol DC on occasion.


  5. Girl you still look the same!! I remember Pump and Curls too!! And I cosign on the Sebastian’s Wet!!! They sell it at JCPenney Salons and I think the salons at Walmart.


    • Awww, thanks Chandra:). And yeah, Wet is still around because that was what I used winter 2009-2010 that made my hair LOOK great, but FEEL dry and brittle and caused breakage along my part! I think it was the protein and that is where I was when I discovered CurlyNikki and the theory of protein sensitivity! Anywho, Sally’s also has a GVP version of it! I know b/c I got my first bottle at Marshall’s, then stocked up on a couple more of the GVP when it ran out! This was before I realized the damage that it was doing. I gave them away at a PJ Swap Meet that I had at work the summer of 2010:)!


  6. Omg I love throwback pics lol!! I was faithfully to the Murrays hair pomade in the Orange can that laid my curls down and gave me nice waves. Blue magic an all the dollar store fake greases where always in my reach!!


  7. LOL @ “pump up a lazy curl”!!! *also adding this to my vocab*

    Girl did you see Trina’s hair yesterday?
    *Gasps* Yes, honey.
    Her curls were looking lazy than a mug…
    *shakes head, purses lips* Mmm mmm mmph.
    She must’ve forgot her pumping curls.


  8. In my teens I used Pantene’s leave-in conditioning spray. I used to heat style DAILY *cringes* So my hair needed the extra protection & it smells incredible. I also used frizz ease on my permed hair b/c it always seemed frizzy (heat damage).

    And before I knew how bad alcohol was for your hair, I used to use mousse & hair spray too… I STILL love the scent of Pump it Up, but haven’t used it in ages.


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