Comer J. Cottrell got into the black hair business in 1968 along with his brother, a friend and a $600 investment. Pro-Line Corporation was started in 1970 but by 1973, the company had already made a million in sales of hair products such as the strawberry scented oil sheen for Afro hairstyles. The well-known Jeri Curl style became even more popular when Pro-Line introduced the Curly Kit, which could be used in homes across the country. That expansion increased the company’s sales to ten million dollars in the first six months.
Later in life, after moving the business to Texas, Cottrell became part owner of professional baseball team, the Texas Rangers. That deal made the business man $3 million in profit, which he used to become one of the nation’s leading African American philanthropist. Cottrell went on to purchase and restore the HBCU now known as A.M.E Paul Quinn College, become Vice Chair of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce along with being a member of several organizations such as the NAACP, YMCA and Better Business Bureau.
The Hype Hair family is extremely thankful to Cottrell, and many like him, for helping to pave the way for the business of black hair.