What is hair straightener, "congolene", named after?

Aug 2016
923
US&A
#1
I've read that a lot of black men from the 1920s-60s in the USA, used "congolene" to straighten their hair. I was wondering if this product was named that way specifically because black men would straighten their hair with it?
 
Oct 2013
14,075
Europix
#2
I've read that a lot of black men from the 1920s-60s in the USA, used "congolene" to straighten their hair. I was wondering if this product was named that way specifically because black men would straighten their hair with it?
Allegedly, it would be because the "congolene" gel would have had Congolese copal in it's composition (fabrication process?).
 

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