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Fabric Softener

CubanwavyCubanwavy Posts: 293Registered Users
In the days before hair conditioner, does anyone remember using fabric softener mixed in water to detangle hair? I'm not that old!


  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,740Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I've never heard of that! hmmm.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey. Yes, it's in the senior section. : / -- https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/seniors/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,206Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    oh, i absolutely did!! i just remember using it, but i don't think for a very long time. think conditioner came out right after i tried the fabric softener. also, back in those days people only washed their hair once/twice a week, so i guess the effects weren't too bad.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • naturalnewbnaturalnewb Posts: 193Registered Users
    My mother used to use Roman pink fabric softener (mixed with water) on her hair. She switched back to conditioner sometime in the 80s.
  • CubanwavyCubanwavy Posts: 293Registered Users
    Naturalnewb, I remembered it being pink and kind of pearly looking, but couldn't remember the name. Can't recall name of first hair conditioners/cream rinse (as we called it) to hit the market.

    And, yes, we only shampooed once a week.
  • caramix3acaramix3a Posts: 460Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    "Naturalnewb, I remembered it being pink and kind of pearly looking, but couldn't remember the name. Can't recall name of first hair conditioners/cream rinse (as we called it) to hit the market.

    And, yes, we only shampooed once a week." - Isabella

    I still only wash my hair maybe twice a week at most, even with co-washing, etc.
    That product Isabella was thinking of I think was Tame Creme Rinse. That and maybe a couple of other competing ones were all there was around back in the day. Personally I hated "creme rinse" because such a big deal was made in my household as a kid because "something has to be done about that hair"(mine was the one in question)since it was so thick, and also wavy-curly and thus needed to be "tamed" - ugh! Sure, the rinse SOFTENED my hair, but it also made it go limp. Everyone liked that but me - ugh! My hair is still vulnerable to the wrong kinds of conditioners. Certain ones will still make it go limp, others are loaded with silicones, and others don't do anything at all. But I do like GVP Conditioning Balm these days, and One 'n Only Hydrating Mask.
    I remember some time ago a natural personal care formulator who is quite well-known(won't say whom)basically said that commercial conditioners were still nothing more than fabric softener as pretty much the same chemicals are used in the formulation of them. He did write that a good while back though.
  • anonymous_22139anonymous_22139 Posts: 659Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I used Downy in the late 60's early 70's. The blueing helped tone down the brassiness I had from lemon juice lightening my hair.

    Back in those days, Downey was a lot thicker and had to be diluted. It was gloopy and didn't dissolve as well in water.
  • nana_banananana_banana Posts: 735Registered Users
    Has anyone used it recently? Are the formulations the same?
    Hair type: Mostly 3C, medium porosity to high porosity depending on the day, dense, fluffy, dry, tangly!


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