Hair Grooming and Skin Care

Hair grooming and skin care have always been important in the African American community.  For some, conforming to  society has often meant altering their appearance.  This could be achieved by  using  products that promised to alter hair texture and lighten skin. While the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper itself did not directly address the issue of complexion, one cannot help but notice the abundance of advertisements for these products. The following advertisements taken from the Afro-American attest to the conclusion that complexion was an issue for some people in Baltimore.



Advertisements in the Afro-American

Through the Eyes of  the Baltimore Afro-American

Prepared by Jonelle E. Cruse and Chantale J. Joseph, August, 1998.

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