The Jheri curl is a hairstyle developed in the 1970’s by white chemist and stylist Robert William Redding. Redding was also responsible for the creation of hair conditioner and PH balanced shampoo.
The hairstyle was advertised as a low maintenance wash and wear, and easier to take care of than a chemical relaxer for blacks. However, the activator had bad side effects such as the oil that would stain clothing, furniture and anything that came into contact with it.
The most famous Jheri curls were worn by Michael Jackson, Deion Sanders, Walter Peyton, Eazy E, Samuel L. Jackson, Rick James, Ice Cube and Eric LaSalle in the film “Coming to America.”
Redding, also know as Jheri Redding, was a Chicago high school student strongly interested in chemistry, who started experimenting with items in his kitchen like mayonnaise and vinegars to build haircare products. By 1956, Redding started the Jheri Redding Product line in Los Angeles. He followed suit with three additional companies, Redken in 1960, Jhirmack in 1968, and Nexxus in 1979.
Redding put his haircare discoveries into the 1964 publication “The Scientific Approach to Hairdressing” then again in “The Anatomy of a Permanent Wave” in 1967.
In 1990, Jheri Redding was inducted into the National Cosmetology Foundation’s Hall of Fame. Then in 1997 he was also inducted into the North American Hairstyling Award’s Hall of Leaders. In addition, he founded the Hollywood Design Council.
Article taken from: BlackAmericaWeb.com
By Erica Taylor, The Tom Joyner Morning Show
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4 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: The Jheri Curl”
WOW I never knew it was created by someone White, lol! OMG that was an awful, disgusting hair style. I used to hate walking by people who had one..Oil seemed to leap off their heads..So glad that fad died. Though I’m very glad to see the Afro making a come back. A confident, brother rocking a fro is an awesome sight to behold..
lolol!! Oh the fad hasn’t ended in some areas. I saw one the other day. Plastic cap and all.
*slapping forehead* I’m not usually rude at all, BUT, if I saw that these days I’d have to fall out laughing; before I got far enough away so they couldn’t see me. Lawd! I’d rather walk around bald than sport a “oily”curl
oooooooh trust me I laughed….loudly. And took a pic with the person too. #yeahi’mbadattimes