Johnson's Afro Sheen Blowout Kit for the Natural

Johnson's Afro Sheen Blowout Kit for the Natural

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With a $250 dollar loan, George and Joan Johnson founded Johnson Products Co. Inc. in 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. The company produced hair-care products for African American men and women. Produced in the late 1960s, Afro-Sheen was one of Johnson's best-known products during a time when the natural "afro" became a popular hairstyle for African Americans. In 1971 Johnson became the first black company to sponsor a nationally syndicated television program "Soul Train" and the first African American owned company to trade on the American Stock Exchange.
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Object Name
hair care product
hair relaxer
hair dressing
Object Type
date made
late 1960s
Johnson Products Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
associated place
United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville
Physical Description
cardboard (packaging material)
plastic (container material)
overall, box: 4 in x 4 5/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 11.7475 cm x 8.89 cm
overall, other components, as stored outside of box: 4 in x 5 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 13.335 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
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American Enterprise
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I grew up using all the items.
Loved, loved my Afro Sheen Kit! It was the best! Bring it back, please!!!
I remember using the Afro-Sheen spray; I loved it and the manageability it gave my hair back in the 70's. It would be great if I was able to find it in the stores now at a reasonable price. I'm sure it would be popular again with natural hair being on the rise again.
The Ultra Sheen blowout kit was a very good product wish it was still being made today. I have started wearing my natural hair again and would love to be able to blowout my hair with the kit. The kit made my hair more manageable and would last in my hair from 4 to 6 weeks.
"Is it true that before Afro-Sheen, there was no such thing as a public offering company that was owned by African Americans? And was the word "Corporation " created to help protect Black peoples property?"

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