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Jheri Curl hair

cclark1cclark1 Posts: 346Registered Users
Ladies,

I washed my hair last night. I got out the shower and my husband said, "your hair looks like a jheri curl"! He's right. I'm still transitioning. Please tell me that the longer it grows the less it will look like a jheri curl. What do you ladies do to define your curls better? Any help is appreciated!!
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  • KitathenaKitathena Posts: 1,666Registered Users
    I know my hair looked a lot different when I was transitioning as opposed to now. I thought it was going to be kind of wavy in the front, but it's super curling in the front. I thought it was going to be loose curly in the back, but it's super kinky curly in the back hehe.

    In other words, with the relaxed ends on, it's more than likely that looks are deceiving right now.
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  • cclark1cclark1 Posts: 346Registered Users
    That's the sad part! The relaxed ends are basically gone in the nape where the curls look like jheri curls. I just got it cut a few weeks back. Oh well, it is what it is!
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    If it looks like a jhericurl you may need less product, or products with less hold and/or less glycerin. What are you using?
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  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    my hair still tends to look jheri curl-ish. if i use products like [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] i look like i have a fresh jheri minus the juice!

    but basically i agree with what suburban said.
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users
    When my hair was short I was told it looked like a jherri curl. I honestly think its the way we look at it. If your husband is used to seeing it in a bun or straight then to him a curly hairdo is like a jherri curl. I think that as it has grown it looks less like the dreaded jherri curl LOL
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  • cclark1cclark1 Posts: 346Registered Users
    If it looks like a jhericurl you may need less product, or products with less hold and/or less glycerin. What are you using?

    No product, wet, right out the shower.
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  • jeamariajeamaria Posts: 1,851Registered Users
    A lot of people's hair looks jheri-ish when wet. When those products came out they were marketed as "wet look" so obviously they were to imitate the way somebody's hair looked when it was wet ;).

    I wouldn't worry about it unless your hair was looking stringy and greasy when dry, too. In which case, Suburbanbushbabe's advice is the best way to avoid it. Plus you can fluff out your hair once it's fully dry to get ridof that look.
  • Flower princessFlower princess Posts: 608Registered Users
    cclark1 wrote: »
    No product, wet, right out the shower.
    Some peoples hair look like that when wet ,then when it dries it shrinks and curl.
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  • KitathenaKitathena Posts: 1,666Registered Users
    Oh yeah I kind of look jheri curlish when mine is wet too.
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  • conversation_piececonversation_piece Posts: 5Registered Users
    Get used to it, the jheri curl is inevitable.

    I thought it was "Jerry" or "Gerry" curl hahaha!!
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  • missmoniemissmonie Posts: 920Registered Users
    I agree.....most people's hair look like a Jheri curl when wet...but if you fluff if after it dries, it should look more "natural".

    I suppose the Jheri curl was invented to give people looser permanent natural curls. It's too bad because that stupid hair style has tainted the image of true natural curls! I hate when my husband thinks my hair looks like a Jheri Curl!
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  • StepNOutStepNOut Posts: 46Registered Users
    The reason why natural curlies are usually told that their hair looks like a Jheri Curl is because when your curls have that wet look or overly shiny look to them then that's whats normaly associated with Jheri curls. I have also found that when you use too much of a product that has lots of glycerin, heavy silicones, lanolin, or heavy oils in it, then yes you can probably expect to hear that.

    Also, so many people think that Black women cannot have naturally curly hair unless they are mixed with another race. So, when a woman of color that's not of mixed race wears her hair down curly, then the first thing that comes to alot of people's minds is that she's wearing a Jheri Curl. I on the other hand Black women with curly hair and I don't quickly presume that they have a Jherri Curl. After, having seen many pics of naturaly curly heads, I now know better. But, unfortunately not all people view Black women who wear their hair curly this way.

    So, I wouldn't let your hubby's comment get you down about wearing your hair curly. Because, as long as you know that you hair isn't a Jherri Curl, then that's all that matters.
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  • CurlLeeCurlLee Posts: 221Registered Users
    you don't have to feel to bad. we fellas get it too. i don't know how many times i've been asked if i had a jerry curl, or people just assumed it. im in college right now so when i would wash or condition wash my hair and run right out of the shower to class is when i would hear that stuff the most. i got tired of constantly defending my hair type and texture. it got to the point where i would either get up really early so my hair could dry some, blow dry my hair, or just do it at night. now i really just don't care, i know its my natural hair and thats all that matters.
    but im pretty sure your husband was just joking and tryin to get a rise out of you, we guys can be like that sometimes, as im sure you know, lol.
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  • hautecocoahautecocoa Posts: 258Registered Users
    *sigh* I've heard that a few times since I've been wearing my hair down and out too. :sad8:
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    cclark1 wrote: »
    If it looks like a jhericurl you may need less product, or products with less hold and/or less glycerin. What are you using?

    No product, wet, right out the shower.
    It's what it looks like dry that counts because you don't wear it wet out of the shower, right?
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  • midgimidgi Posts: 2,409Registered Users
    The only time I was ever told my hair looked like I had a Jheri curl was when I was trying to wear a wash-n-go while my hair was still relaxed. Which was several years before I even knew about NC or the concept of transitioning.

    The straight pieces that refuse to curl, while your hair looks like it's glistening, is what makes it look like a Jheri curl.

    If I were you, I'd stay away from gels or any product that will make your hair "look wet" long after it's dried.
    I just want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
  • JariJari Posts: 67Registered Users
    CurlLee wrote: »
    you don't have to feel to bad. we fellas get it too. i don't know how many times i've been asked if i had a jerry curl, or people just assumed it. im in college right now so when i would wash or condition wash my hair and run right out of the shower to class is when i would hear that stuff the most. i got tired of constantly defending my hair type and texture. it got to the point where i would either get up really early so my hair could dry some, blow dry my hair, or just do it at night. now i really just don't care, i know its my natural hair and thats all that matters.
    but im pretty sure your husband was just joking and tryin to get a rise out of you, we guys can be like that sometimes, as im sure you know, lol.

    Curllee its so nice to finally get a guy give his point of view... thanks.
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  • rainshowerrainshower Posts: 4,420Registered Users
    you say you are still transitioning.

    is the hair that looks jheri curlish to you the still-relaxed part?

    when i think of a jheri curl, i think of two types of hair:

    1. hair that permed properly to create loopy, uniform curls, and

    2. hair that either was overprocessed, underprocessed, or didn't accept the chemicals well, yielding either flat, straightish locs of hair; frizzy afro-textured hair; or semi afro/semi curly hair ... none of which looked flattering after the activator was applied.

    if it's the still-relaxed part of your hair that you thinks resembles a bad curly perm, aside from rod-setting it or setting it with 2-strands to create some sort of uniform curl or coil pattern throughout, the only other recourse would be to just cut the chemical parts off to reveal just your natural texture.
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  • SoulGloSoulGlo Posts: 39Registered Users
    I used to have that issue (hence the screen name) I just stopped combing it out so much. I used to comb it out everytime I co-washed (every day) and it would break up my curls too mucb. Now I comb it out with a comb about once a week and gently finger detangle everyday. I have better definition and my curls stay together. HTH!
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  • CurlLeeCurlLee Posts: 221Registered Users
    Jari wrote: »
    CurlLee wrote: »
    you don't have to feel to bad. we fellas get it too. i don't know how many times i've been asked if i had a jerry curl, or people just assumed it. im in college right now so when i would wash or condition wash my hair and run right out of the shower to class is when i would hear that stuff the most. i got tired of constantly defending my hair type and texture. it got to the point where i would either get up really early so my hair could dry some, blow dry my hair, or just do it at night. now i really just don't care, i know its my natural hair and thats all that matters.
    but im pretty sure your husband was just joking and tryin to get a rise out of you, we guys can be like that sometimes, as im sure you know, lol.

    Curllee its so nice to finally get a guy give his point of view... thanks.


    no problem...
    i checked out the curl guy section and it was kinda ummm...well, wack, lol. so i thought i'd make my way on ova here to learn more about my specific hair type, in my efforts to care more about my hair since im growin it out.

    i'll try to, like they say "get in where i fit in" in these other threads n give a personal male point of view.
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  • drawmuhfreedrawmuhfree Posts: 402Registered Users
    CClark, I have seen some of your pics and I think your hair is the business! People will ALWAYS have something to say, but like CurlLee mentioned I am sure your husband is just poking at you with that infamous playground banter! Even if you hair has the uniform texture of a faux curly, as long as you are not leaving grease marks on peoples furniture and pillow cases I say let your soul glo! I love telling people I use natural juices and berries! lol
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  • cclark1cclark1 Posts: 346Registered Users
    Thanks Drawmuhfree, I started this thread about 5 months before I bced. I don't get the jheri curl remarks from my husband anymore or anyone for that matter. It's more like he just looks at it and shakes his head. However, I did get the natural juices and berries comment yesterday. I just smile and keep it moving. It really isn't that far from the truth!!!
    CClark, I have seen some of your pics and I think your hair is the business! People will ALWAYS have something to say, but like CurlLee mentioned I am sure your husband is just poking at you with that infamous playground banter! Even if you hair has the uniform texture of a faux curly, as long as you are not leaving grease marks on peoples furniture and pillow cases I say let your soul glo! I love telling people I use natural juices and berries! lol
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