It was the year of the Jheri Curl and Michael Jackson’s curl was the curls of ALL curls!
In this video clip you’re about to watch, you’ll sense that MJ was SERIOUS about his curl. In preparation for the Thriller album, his hairdresser, God bless her, looked as if she had no clue how to get his jheri curl poppin’! I was amused at her effort and even more amused at the instructions MJ had to give her!
“I want to keep it the way it is now unless there’s another look you want to use”, Michael suggests to the hairdresser and the art director who was holding the camera. It was obvious my dude walked in the building with the style he already put together for the ‘Thriller’ album cover shoot. He’ll be damned if he worked all morning getting his curl right, only for homegirl to mess it up!
The hairdresser goes for the idea of using another look, and CLEARLY she has no clue! She takes her comb and slightly pushes certain areas of his hair for a puffy effect. There was very little effort to upgrade MJ’s style.
played with his bobby pins that he already placed
and that’s it
“Spray some water and play with the ends”, we hear MJ tell the woman at one point. He’s instructing this woman to get some DO RIGHT with his Jheri Curl, because she will NOT f^*k it up!
MJ wasn’t gonna let this blonde-haired woman jack up his curls. NOPE! He told her that his curls looked better when held down with pins. I’m convinced that was A MUCH NICER way of tellin’ homegirl, “Move the hands, the comb, the water bottle, and back away from my Jheri Curl!”
As you’ll see, the final result was not that much of a difference.