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(rant) does your have the pleasing smell of shampoo?

fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
hell no mine doesn't! i am so pissed about it. this is not a race thread at all BUT when white girls pass me by sometimes their hair smells so delicious, you know like shampoo, but my hair...ugh! it always smells like coconut-chocolate-buttery-oily-medicine-sheen-glop.
why?? why can't black hair products smell beautifully fragrant like white hair products?? why can't my hair ever smell clean??
even when you smell curly girls hair, it usually smells like mousse or hair spray.
why do all our hair products smell like the same dang thing? coconut/butter/shea whatever. i'm so sick of it.
i want when i walk by to smell like i just stepped out of the shower like everybody else.

anyway, does your hair smell lovely like shampoo or do you have to add so many dang hair products to your hair in order to style it that it never smells completely clean.
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  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    mine smells like the pleasing scent of [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Elucence-Moisture-Balancing-Conditioner-p-39.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=elucence-elucence-moisture-balancing-conditioner]elucence mb conditioner[/buylink]. :toothy8: my SO often says, "wow your hair smells good!" even though we use the same stuff.
  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    My hair usually smells like hair products, but I admit there are things that work pretty well but I won't use them based on smell. I can't help it. It's my HAIR, it's on my HEAD, which is pretty darn close to my nose. I just can't smell something I don't like all day long. Rusk makes some great products but they all smell so thick and gloppy.

    I had a roommate who used this Aveda stuff when we were in college. I don't remember what it was, but it just had this cloying thick smell. Thinking about it makes me feel like I can't breathe. It just smelled like it would be gross and sticky and gloppy and like it would make your head sweat. Her hair looked amazing all the time, but I just couldn't bring myself to use that stuff.

    Your products probably smell like they do because they smell like the stuff that's IN them. My products smell like the fragrance they're using to cover up the chemicals. It might not smell good to you, but I bet other people think they smell great.

    The best smelling shampoo in the WORLD was some Revlon that they haven't made in ages. It was in big black bottles and I think it had "outrageous" in the name. Anyone remember that? They also made some "hair freshening" sprays - or something like that? I think one was hot and one was cold? Basically shampoo smelling perfume for hair for people who don't wash their hair often. Grunge was big at the time so I assume this stuff was pretty popular.
  • wavy wonderwavy wonder Posts: 3,061Registered Users
    I was out last night and one of my friends told me my hair smelled good....like coconut. We were dancing and sweaty , so the scent was a little more, umm, out there:)
  • curlyjenn10curlyjenn10 Posts: 2,034Registered Users
    My hair smells like whatever I co-wash with, which I guess is the same concept. Currently it's V05 raspberry and it smells good :)
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  • Stephanie198907Stephanie198907 Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    my hair usually smells like whatever conditioner I rinse out of it, which is Aubrey Organics. I only add more conditioner and oil to my hair when Im out of the shower and the oil has no scent. So yes, my hair smells like conditioner, I shampoo w/ baking soda.
    there are plenty of products geared towards african americans that smell good. A lot of them are kind of pricey and can only be purchased via the internet though.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    subbrock wrote: »
    mine smells like the pleasing scent of [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Elucence-Moisture-Balancing-Conditioner-p-39.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=elucence-elucence-moisture-balancing-conditioner]elucence mb conditioner[/buylink]. :toothy8: my SO often says, "wow your hair smells good!" even though we use the same stuff.


    guano - do u have to buy this online? I've been wanting to try this condish out.
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    One of the best products I ever used was an Aveda product - my hair LOVED it, it worked great, but oh my God, it smelled - like Clever said, really heavy and cloying. I couldn't stand it so I had to quit using it. :(

    I think shea butter is a nice scent but it can be awfully strong - too much of a good thing. I also think that in a product it would be a hard scent to cover up.

    ETA: My hair smells like Aussie gel and hairspray. People sometimes comment on it which makes me a little nervous - how strong is the smell if you can smell it when you're about two feet from my head?
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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
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  • ResRes Posts: 2,911Registered Users
    I never think my hair smells good. I wouldn't say my hair smells bad either. If I could just shampoo and condition my hair would smell wonderful. :)


    Sometimes it smells like ACV... gross, but this fades.
    3A/B - low-normal porosity - med to coarse texture

    Shampoo - GTTTT
    Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    I think cocoa and shea butters smell good and "clean." I'm actually annoyed that my hair tends to smell like Suave Coconut Conditioner.

    You could always just spray some fragrance in your hair.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote: »

    ETA: My hair smells like Aussie gel and hairspray. People sometimes comment on it which makes me a little nervous - how strong is the smell if you can smell it when you're about two feet from my head?


    Yea I wonder if curly hair retains more of the smell? People used to comment my hair smelled good too when I used to use L'oreal conditioner. My hair to me never smells that good though as some other girls. I honestly don't care. It can smell kinda wierd as long as my hair looks good..it's hard enough finding something that works let alone trying to worry about how it smells!
  • geminigemini Posts: 3,325Registered Users
    CG, my sister loved the Outrageous line for its scent

    I condition my hair almost every day and then style with aloe vera gel (odorless) so my hair usually smells like my conditioner. I don't smell anything, but my husband says it smells good. When I clarify with Apple cider vinegar, I smell like a salad until it evaporates. :lol:

    I dislike when someone's hair is overscented--meaning I'm not right up next to that person's head to smell it--even too much of a good thing is still too much.
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    CGNYC wrote: »

    The best smelling shampoo in the WORLD was some Revlon that they haven't made in ages. It was in big black bottles and I think it had "outrageous" in the name. Anyone remember that? They also made some "hair freshening" sprays - or something like that? I think one was hot and one was cold?

    Good god, girl, if you figure this one out, I will pay you! From time to time I try to figure out what it was because it was my holy grail in the early 90's. It smelled so good and all I can frickin' remember is the black bottle and, I think, rounded top.

    I also used a hair freshener. It was a clear bottle and the liquid was yellow...it worked great at covering up smokey bar smell (hey, it was college and sometimes I just rolled out of bed and went to class).

    ETA: I found it. It was called Outrageous, just as you remembered. I used the red and black bottle. Great stuff.

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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    i prefer unscented to low scented products...so i guess my hair has no smell.

    a wonderful smelling shampoo/conditioner i used years ago came in an orange bottle, and the conditioner was a pale orange. it smelled so good, and i received lots of compliments when i used it. have no clue as to what the name is.

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    i found this...never heard of this product...but this website mentions something about wonderful smelling hair.

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  • ~Ghost Poster~~Ghost Poster~ Posts: 2,264Registered Users
    frau wrote: »
    hell no mine doesn't! i am so pissed about it. this is not a race thread at all BUT when white girls pass me by sometimes their hair smells so delicious, you know like shampoo, but my hair...ugh! it always smells like coconut-chocolate-buttery-oily-medicine-sheen-glop.
    why?? why can't black hair products smell beautifully fragrant like white hair products?? why can't my hair ever smell clean??
    even when you smell curly girls hair, it usually smells like mousse or hair spray.
    why do all our hair products smell like the same dang thing? coconut/butter/shea whatever. i'm so sick of it.
    i want when i walk by to smell like i just stepped out of the shower like everybody else.

    anyway, does your hair smell lovely like shampoo or do you have to add so many dang hair products to your hair in order to style it that it never smells completely clean.

    OMG yes, yes, yes! Frau! I first noticed this when I was a kid who had her hair pressed, and you know what that means. I grew up around all whites, and their hair always smelled so fresh and clean. Even when I stopped pressing, simply using black hair products, my hair always smelled heavy and oily because the ingredients were heavy and oily. I also feel like they used a heavier, cloying fragrance as a "favor" since black women tend not to wash every day. I hate the smell and the effect oils and butters have on my hair, so I never use them. I only use fresh-smelling products, and omg how I detest fruity or foody-scented products. I use VO5 extra body conditioner--has a fresh, clean neutral scent. Conditioner and leave-in hair products are what fragrance your hair, not the shampoo. I also use [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] because I HAVE to, but I hate the scent. My white SO loves itn tho. I haven't used black hair products in eons, so I don't know if there are any truly fresh-smelling new ones. I bought white tea body spray from Karen's to use in my hair between shampoos because it's very fresh, but they always screw up my order so I stopped ordering. If your hair doesn't mind oils, you could try the hair milk in that scent. I have some, and it smells divinely fresh, but my hair HATES the trace of oil in it, so I can't use it.
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  • ~Ghost Poster~~Ghost Poster~ Posts: 2,264Registered Users
    Windflower wrote: »
    i prefer unscented to low scented products...so i guess my hair has no smell.

    a wonderful smelling shampoo/conditioner i used years ago came in an orange bottle, and the conditioner was a pale orange. it smelled so good, and i received lots of compliments when i used it. have no clue as to what the name is.

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    i found this...never heard of this product...but this website mentions something about wonderful smelling hair.

    revlon%206%20fine%20a1.jpg

    Yes, I used this brand because it smelled so good. Other retro brands that smelled good were Silkience and Finesse--Finesse is still on the mkt, I think. Full of sulfates and cones, tho. The old, old Herbal Essence smelled fresh and clean, but now the entire line is gagworthy fruit-scented.
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    Baby fine, honey & caramel hilites, 4a/3c now 2b w/DIY BKT & LOVIN' it.
    Cowash-V05 Extra Body
    L'oreal EP Moisture-Rinse-out
    JFLVM
    BRHG mix w/
    KCCC/KCKT (winter)
    Clean-smelling-hair freak washes EOD; dry w/bowl diffuser
    Cassia+henna+grays=Gold-red hilites :love1:
    ~That you don't share my experiences/opinions doesn't invalidate them :wink:
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  • nadinanadina Posts: 640Registered Users
    i use carol's daughter tui leave in and hair butter, plus herbal essences mousse. i suspect i smell a little strong (but sweet) when my hair is wet. :( no one has complained yet. i should ask someone point blank. lol.
  • cakj99cakj99 Posts: 575Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    CGNYC wrote: »

    The best smelling shampoo in the WORLD was some Revlon that they haven't made in ages. It was in big black bottles and I think it had "outrageous" in the name. Anyone remember that? They also made some "hair freshening" sprays - or something like that? I think one was hot and one was cold?

    Good god, girl, if you figure this one out, I will pay you! From time to time I try to figure out what it was because it was my holy grail in the early 90's. It smelled so good and all I can frickin' remember is the black bottle and, I think, rounded top.

    I also used a hair freshener. It was a clear bottle and the liquid was yellow...it worked great at covering up smokey bar smell (hey, it was college and sometimes I just rolled out of bed and went to class).

    ETA: I found it. It was called Outrageous, just as you remembered. I used the red and black bottle. Great stuff.

    old%20revlon%20bottles.gif

    LOL, this takes me back to middle school... i remember using that shampoo/conditioner too. so funny that you brought it up. i don't remember what it smelled like though. :dontknow:

    i always think my hair smells like the last thing i put on it, which lately has been la looks curl gel. so that's not too bad.
  • ~Ghost Poster~~Ghost Poster~ Posts: 2,264Registered Users
    Frau, I think Suave conditioners are CG-approved. The Ocean Breeze and Waterfall Mist scents are absolutely heavenly and are fresh and clean without being overpowering. My son (black) and my SO (white) both use these. Interestingly, though, because my son has that "black man scent" I've talked about here before, his hair only holds the scent for a brief time before his own scent takes over, but my SO's hair holds the aroma all day and night and into the next day. Of course, my son wears his hair very short, so there is almost no hair between your nose and his scalp.
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    Baby fine, honey & caramel hilites, 4a/3c now 2b w/DIY BKT & LOVIN' it.
    Cowash-V05 Extra Body
    L'oreal EP Moisture-Rinse-out
    JFLVM
    BRHG mix w/
    KCCC/KCKT (winter)
    Clean-smelling-hair freak washes EOD; dry w/bowl diffuser
    Cassia+henna+grays=Gold-red hilites :love1:
    ~That you don't share my experiences/opinions doesn't invalidate them :wink:
    I wondered if it tasted like a hot dog. ~Phoenix
  • pelicanopelicano Posts: 580Registered Users
    My hair often smells of coconut oil, which I hate. It's not a nice coconutty smell, but an oily old yuk smell. I'd love to have nice smelling hair.
    Sarah.

    Based in the UK. 2-something (2b?) hair. Very porous, fine and brittle/fragile

    Hair loves: Drip drying, glycerine, shea butter, oils
    Hair hates: Plopping, any kind of gel, most conditioners (scalp issues).
  • KinkyKeeperKinkyKeeper Posts: 963Registered Users
    My personal theory is that a lot of Black hair care products are filled with cheap and even hazardous ingredients so they have to put in overpowering fragrances to cover the smell of these nasty ingredients.

    Or the fragrances themselves are cheap.

    If you are talking about the kind of products found in Wal Mart's "ethnic hair" aisle, I can't stand the smell of any of them either, I can't even describe that atrociousness. It's often gasoline soaked corn chips. I wouldn't even say coconut, I like the smell of coconut.

    My hair probably currently smells like tea tree oil since I am in box braids and braiding with a mixture of shealoe I made. I only added 10 drops of tea tree and it completely overpowered teh mixture. I don't mind it, my hair smells much better now that I am natural and I am actually washing it and taking care of my scalp.

    And since I make a lot of my products I can choose the scent.
  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    subbrock wrote: »
    mine smells like the pleasing scent of [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Elucence-Moisture-Balancing-Conditioner-p-39.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=elucence-elucence-moisture-balancing-conditioner]elucence mb conditioner[/buylink]. :toothy8: my SO often says, "wow your hair smells good!" even though we use the same stuff.


    guano - do u have to buy this online? I've been wanting to try this condish out.

    now i have to buy it online, but i used to get it from columbia beauty supply.
  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    lazy loops wrote: »
    What are you talking about?!

    I have Komaza Care Coconut Pudding & it smells so good I'm tempted to taste it.

    There's Karen's Body Beautiful products you can choose the scent of. Mine is Coco Mango.

    Afro Veda's butters are delicious smelling.

    I forgot about Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme!

    let me change what i mean in my original post so that this doesn't turn into a racial thread. here goes:
    products that target straight hair or curly hair tend to have clean fresh scents where products that target kinky/nappy textures tend to smell like the above.
  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    I wonder if it's because they're for natural hair textures so they're using natural ingredients. It seems like those things go together.

    I find that I don't really like the smell of more natural products even though I'd like to use more natural products. Like, I want to like Lush but it all smells like dirty hippie to me.
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    My son (black) and my SO (white) both use these. Interestingly, though, because my son has that "black man scent" I've talked about here before, his hair only holds the scent for a brief time before his own scent takes over, but my SO's hair holds the aroma all day and night and into the next day.

    This is me too. I find that the heavier fruit flavors work better with my natural scent than "ocean breeze" or "lavender". I like those scents but it dissipates very quickly. I find the coconut or vanilla type scents last longer. It smells my kind of clean...or at least I hope it does. :iconbiggrin:
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  • KinkyKeeperKinkyKeeper Posts: 963Registered Users
    frau wrote: »
    lazy loops wrote: »
    What are you talking about?!

    I have Komaza Care Coconut Pudding & it smells so good I'm tempted to taste it.

    There's Karen's Body Beautiful products you can choose the scent of. Mine is Coco Mango.

    Afro Veda's butters are delicious smelling.

    I forgot about Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme!

    let me change what i mean in my original post so that this doesn't turn into a racial thread. here goes:
    products that target straight hair or curly hair tend to have clean fresh scents where products that target kinky/nappy textures tend to smell like the above.


    Oh you meant like the higher end products. Well in a practical sense, IME kinky textured hair does like heavier ingredients to keep it conditioned becuase the hair tends to be more porous than straight or looser curls. So that would account for why there are more butters/oils in nappy hair products. And unfortunately the scent that comes with heavier products are more often to be..uh heavy.

    Why chocolate and coconut? That is odd, why not more flowery like instant conditioners have. Well the chocolate IMO comes from crafty marketing skills, subtley marketing towards darker skinned people. For instance as someone interested in advertising I notice product marketed towards Blacks are packaged in brown packaging, products marketed towards Whites are packaged in lighter packaging:

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    So like shea butter (from Africa) chocolate could be subtle ingredient ploy to attract Black people. And as for the rest of the ingredients I imagine they have done some type of research on test groups to find out which types of people like which scents. These companies know what they are doing. I notice they have recently played on the fact that a lot of people are wanting to go natural by saying products that are not natural are natural and putting flowers and plants all over their products. I also notice a lot of products marketed towards Black people have purple on them, perhaps they did some kind of research that says Black people like purple?
  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    I get a lot of compliments on my hair when I use Jessicurl products with the island fantasy scent.
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  • ResRes Posts: 2,911Registered Users
    Guano - what does IME stand for?
    3A/B - low-normal porosity - med to coarse texture

    Shampoo - GTTTT
    Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
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