We all grew up on hair grease, well I know I did. You couldn’t get your hair straightened without grease getting applied to your edges, nape area, (kitchen) scalp, and throughout your entire head of hair. By the time your momma, grandma, or hairdresser finished greasing your head you looked like you had been kissed by the sun because your head was so shiny. My mom’s choice of hair grease back then was Bergamot. It didn’t smell bad and it actually was light on your head but it made my head itch like crazy. My mom said it itched because my hair was growing.
I didn’t mind the Bergamot it was when she switched to Sulfur 8 that I began to cringe. Every time I got my hair washed and pressed the smell of Sulfur 8 fried a couple of my brain cells, the smell was awful!
The grease actually made my hair thick and it grew tremendously, but it was very smelly and it lingered on you. Black people would ask “girl did your momma put Sulfur 8 on your hair because you smell like it, and white people would ask “are you wearing a new perfume because you smell like it?” When I played basketball in high school my mom would put Sulfur 8 on my hair before a game, and honey my head was shiner than the court. I was embarrassed to wipe my sweat on the towel because I knew what the mixture looked like. Nowadays I see more and more people getting away from the use of hair grease they use oils or hairsprays now. There are still some old school beauticians that still use Bergamot or Sulfur 8, they are not with these new school beautician ways.
It’s hard to imagine a hairstylist without hair grease that would be a comparison to Burger King not carrying the Whopper ( okay I went to far with that one 😂😂. I keep a jar of hair food in my product supply to lightly apply to my scalp once a week.
I don’t think I will resort back to the Sulfur 8 or Bergamot but I can say these two brands have spruced up their packaging to appeal to the new schoolers in this competitive world of natural hair, grease is definitely making a comeback!