Comer Cottrell, an entrepreneur who made millions on black hair products — especially a cheap kit that brought the celebrity Jheri curl style into the homes of average African Americans — has died. He was 82.
Family spokeswoman Taryn Brown says Cottrell died Oct. 3 at his home in Plano, Texas.
With $600, Cottrell founded Pro-Line Corp. in Los Angeles in 1970. It became a multimillion-dollar success after introducing the Curly Kit, an at-home hair relaxer.
For a fraction of the salon price, the kit allowed people to adopt the loose, glossy Jheri curl style popularized by Michael Jackson and other stars.
Cottrell eventually sold Pro-Line for $80 million.
Cottrell promoted black civil rights and education. He also was part-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team from 1989 to 1998.