The Classics . . .
Anyone who grew up in the 1970's and 1980's remembers sitting in between your Mom's legs and getting your hair yanked on for hours as she tried her best to put your thick, curly or course hair into ponytails that you could sport in public! I have to admit, my Mom did a great job with three girls with long thick hair that she had to wash, condition, comb and style. One thing I always remember is my Mom slathering this thick, blue grease all over my head which made my hair, neck and forehead shiny! (Laughing to myself) although these hair oils were as thick and gooey as Crisco cooking oil, they did a great job of keeping our hair shiny, moisturized and healthy, until we ran outside and played in the dirt. (Laughing at the Memories!)
With a flurry of great hair products on the market, I vowed that I would never use any of those "old school" oils when I started doing my own hair, as they were too "thick," "heavy" and just down right goopy, but as I am a product junkie and always on the lookout for products that make me say Wow, I find myself now eating my words . . . Yes, I am currently using a revamp of an Old School Classic! What is it, you ask? Well . . . "Johnson Products Ultra Sheen-Hair & Scalp Treatment". YES, I said Ultra Sheen! Remember, it was the "hair dress" in the big glass jar that was a deep blue color? Well, they are not your Old School Hair & Scalp Treatments anymore! Of course the original formula still exists, but let's talk about fast forwarding their hair dress products into 2016 and beyond.
The Product line now consists of several different formulas, the Original Conditioner & Hair Dress, Ultra Sheen Dress for Extra Dry Hair, Ultra Sheen Tea Tree Oil Hair & Scalp Treatment, Ultra Sheen Hair Food and Ultra Sheen Gro Natural Hair & Scalp Treatment. Let us tell you, every formula is great, lightweight and keeps you hair shiny, moisturized and healthy for the length of your style.
Let's quickly break down the product line . . .
**The Original Formula is the most concentrated of the line. It is ideal for dryer hair or to keep your hair moisturized if you live in a drier climate.
**The Hair Dress for Extra Dry Hair, is for those who have severely dry scalp and hair that is brittle and split, it deeply penetrates the hair shaft and helps to prevent further breakage.
**The Tea Tree Oil Hair & Scalp Treatment invigorates the scalp, soothes any itching and smells great. Oh yeah, it also helps to hydrate dull, dry and damaged looking hair.
**The Ultra Sheen Hair Food is a specific formula containing Panthenol (Provitamin B) which works to improve hair shaft strength, resist breakage and add a healthy shine to ones hair.
**The Ultra Sheen Go Natural Hair & Scalp Treatment, contains natural essential oils, that help moisturize the scalp and hair shaft, helping to keep your hair looking and feeling soft and shiny.
The price points for these products are great, a smaller 2oz jar only runs $2.50 and the larger 8oz jar runs $5.50. A small amount of this product goes a long way, you can use it everyday, as each formula is light enough to apply a small amount daily, however I used the Go Natural Formula, three times for the 8 to 10 days that my style usually lasts.
As a natural hair wearer all my life, when I started doing my own hair and switching up natural styles, I was and still am on the hunt for products that add moisture, shine and long wear to my style, Johnson Products Hair & Scalp Treatments have turned out to be a staple in my hair care product rotation! I wouldn't be surprised once you rediscover these products that they will be a staple in your hair care routine as well!
What are some old school products that you still use, or have rediscovered and incorporated into your hair care routine? Let us know!
Until Next Time . . .
IONA magazine's Product Junkie