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A popular hairstyle in the African-American community especially in the 1980's. This haircut was, as the previous entry says, a perm that loosens up the naturally tightened curls and makes the hair nice and bouncy as a result. The major downside to this hairdo was the extreme amount of maintenance it required to keep it looking pretty. Tons of hair care products made for a lot of greasy situations (no pun intended). Many jokes were actually aimed at this downside, see Coming To America (1988 film starring Eddie Murphy).
When Ricky got up off the leather sofa, his Jheri Curl left a greasy, oily stain where his head used to be. Guess how long that mess took to clean up.
by TheSpectacularOne April 10, 2009
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Named after hair products of Jheri Redding. A perm that loosens the curls of a black person's hair. Typically seen in Michael Jackson impersonators and pimp stereotypes.
I touched his Jheri curl and couldn't get my hand clean for a week.
by fink September 22, 2003
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3.
A hairstyle fad popular in the 1980's.

Curly black hair is worn long and wavy.

Commonly misspelled as "Jerry" or "Jerri" curl.
Even though the Jheri Curl was popular among African Americans, one would not disagree that one of the best was worn by none other than Pedro Martinez.
by Baby Brown June 22, 2009
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