Jheri curl

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Jher·i curl

A hairstyle, typically having a wet or glossy appearance, in which tightly curled hair is first relaxed by a chemical application and then given a loosely curled permanent that is maintained by the frequent application of conditioning sprays and other products.

[From Jheri, nickname of Robert William Redding (1907-1998), American cosmetologist and businessman who developed the process used to create the hairstyle .]
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