Jheri Redding

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Jheri Redding
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Born Robert William Redding
(1907-03-02)March 2, 1907
Rantoul, Illinois
Died March 15, 1998(1998-03-15) (aged 91)
Santa Barbara, California
Other names Godfather of Hair
Occupation Hairdresser, chemist and businessman
Known for Jheri curl

Jheri Redding (born Robert William Redding March 2, 1907 – March 15, 1998) was an American hairdresser, chemist, hair care products entrepreneur and businessman. Redding is best known for having created the Jheri curl.

Redding is credited with being the inventor of modern day hair conditioner. He was the first to make "pH balanced" shampoos, to put vitamins in hair care products, and to market added minerals. He developed the perm product Jheri curl, as well as numerous other beauty products. He founded the international beauty products business that bore his name, along with three others.

Personal history[edit]

As a young man in Chicago, Redding was teaching chemistry and working as a hair stylist using beauty products that did not perform to his expectations. He began experimenting with chemicals and other ingredients he found in his kitchen, such as mayonnaise and vinegar, to make his own shampoos, rinses and hairdressing solutions to improve the hair of his clients. From that grew the treatments, styling creams and gels that became known as Jheri Redding Products.

Redding moved to Los Angeles, California, shortly after World War II was over. Having adopted his unusual nickname along the way, he founded Jheri Redding Products Company in 1956, selling a cream rinse he developed. He later co-founded three other major national hair care companies, Redken in 1960, Jhirmack in 1968, and, in 1979, Nexxus, which he said stood for "Nature and Earth United With Science." These companies continue to operate with different owners.

Marriages and children[edit]

He had four wives, 1st wife, Marjorie Silverman Miller, 2nd Selma, 3rd, Irene J. divorced March 16, 1979., 4th Cheryl Shirleen Lugo, divorced. Jheri had 3 biological children, 1st- Robert William (Bill) Redding, married to Linda Anne Redding, January 6, 1963, two sons, Robert William Jherimiah Redding, born August 23, 1963, Thomas James Redding, born March 30, 1970. 2nd son, Stephen J. Redding, married Angie Demourkas, had 3 children, Elisa, Stephanie, and Jheri (married with 2 children). All born in Santa Barbara. 3rd son, Sean Redding married to Natalie Moton, they have five children together. (Natalie and Sean Redding now have a reality TV show about life on their farm, on national geographics, nat geo wild channel, called "Shear Madness", which first aired on March 1, 2014, and its first season will run 6 episodes. The first episode is called "Totally Flocked"[1] Jheri had a total of 11 grandchildren.

Printed works[edit]

As he succeeded, the recognized authority on hair color put his ideas into print when he wrote The Anatomy of a Permanent Wave. Redding also assumed a leadership position in the cosmetics industry and founded the Hollywood Design Council.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1990, Redding was inducted into the National Cosmetology Foundation's Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the North American Hairstyling Award's Hall of Leaders in 1997.

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