A History of the Jheri Curl

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The man who brought the shiny hairstyle known as the Jheri curl to the masses died Friday at 82. Comer Cottrell was a self-made millionaire originally from Mobile, Alabama. In the ‘70s, he turned his LA-based business into the country’s leading maker of black hair care products. We discuss his life and legacy.

Credits

Guest:
Lori L. Tharps - Co-writer of the book "Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America."

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott