The Jewfro is a hairstyle that just grows naturally on most curly haired men. However, not all Jewfros are equal and to sport the best of them, you need the right knowledge and attitude. Read on, fellow curlhead.
The Jewfro is just one of those hairstyles which grows naturally on us curly haired men. Dudes with types III and IV hair walk around with Jewfros as soon as they venture into growing their hair a tiny bit. While those guys with straight hair or Type I and II hair are able to grow their manes to medium lengths and be able to pull all sort of hairstyles, us fellows with the kinkier hair types just have, well, a bunch of curls that just puff out. However, I am here to tell you fellow kinky haired buddy that curly hair, regardless of type or hairstyle can be sported with style and confidence, and that includes the Jewfro.
In reality, the Jewfro is no more than the afro for the white guy. Now, I hate stereotyping and I am fortunate to have traveled and lived in wildly different countries, so I am the first one to discourage putting labels on races or ethnicities so I didn’t come up with the name of this hairstyle. Having said that, the Jewfro is popular among men of Jewish heritage because curly hair is a common trait in Jewish men and the Jewfro acts as a sort of positive statement just like the conventional afro does for African Americans. What is more is that the Jewfro seems to be making a bit of a come back these days from its peak in the 70’s.
Fact: the world would benefit from more Jewfro love
Now, you don’t need to be Jewish to have your Jewfro and not all Jewish men have the hair type to grow a Jewfro (hence the sillyness of stereotyping). To have a Jewfro, all you need is Type III or IV hair and medium length hair (+2 inches) all around your head (i.e no fades on the sides and back). Due to the tightness of the curls in Type III and IV hair, these two hair types have a tendency to defy gravity until they hit very long lengths which means one can rock a Jewfro within quite a wide hair length span. Hey, I should know because I grow a Jewfro naturally (or my ‘fro, as I call it) once my hair is +2 inches in length and it took my hair 10 inches to start hanging down (that’s right folks, 10 inches, so about two years from a short length).
The Jewfro is a good hairstyle for all males with Type III/IV hair
Certainly, Jewfros can look great and if you want to grow your mane into the longer lengths (as I did), you must accept the fact that you will have to endure a Jewfro or Afro for quite some time. Jewfros are best grown when not styled or combed, so let the “beast” do what it wants. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can be lazy on your mane and allow it to go wild, not at all for that will end in a hair drama. Apply the following 3 tips to sport the best of Jewfros:
1) Moisturize your Jewfro daily
Use a leave-in conditioner as you pop out of the shower and your hair is damp. You can use a tiny bit of hair gel on top of the leave-in but don’t over do it. Leave-in first, then hair gel. Do not use styling creams or waxes, they will weight down your Jewfro which you don’t want, since the awesomeness of the Jewfro boils down to its ability to puff out.
2) Don’t brush your Jewfro
Folks, I see this time and time again. Dudes coming to me asking me why they look like the stuck their fingers on a wall socket. Throw away your hair brush NOW and start using a wide tooth comb or your fingers. Hair brushes have no place for us curly haired men.
3) Drop down shampoo frequency
Go with one day on/one day off, that is, shampoo every other day. This doesn’t mean you don’t shower on your non-shampooing days (just go about your normal bathtub grooming routine and apply your leave-in conditioner).
Don’t be the creepy guy with the Jewfro
Instead, follow the lifestyle advice we give here at Manly Curls and lift heavy weights with your kickass Jewfro (sweaty chest optional)
Again, the glory of the Jewfro is in its ability to puff out. However, not all kinds of “puffing out” are acceptable. You need a healthy and moisturized Jewfro which will puff out naturally but which will also be bouncy, look good and exude the confidence that having good hair yields. Hence, thou shalt follow the above 3 bits of advice so as to be able to walk around with a proud Jewfro.
Some popular men that have sported the Jewfro include Bob Dylan, David Hasselhoff (as Michael Knight in Knight Rider), Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Ben Savage, the late Marco Simoncelli, Dustin Diamond, Mario Lopez, Ronald McDonald and myself (ok, last two are tongue-in-cheek). Thus, fellow curly haired pal, you are not alone in your Jewfro adventures so carry that Jew-ish A-fro with confidence because many of us have done it already.
Sure, he is not the most good looking guy but Seth Rogen has made the Jewfro his trademark
Source: Phil Konstantin
Overall, I will tell you that there are good Jewfros and there are bad Jewfros. For those Type III and IV curly haired men, the Jewfro is just a natural part of growing your curls to a medium length and it is certainly a hairstyle that can enhance your looks if done right. Just like the rest of curly hairstyles that I cover here at Manly Curls, the Jewfro is a double edged sword in that it can magnify your mane, whether for good or for bad. Likewise, with the Jewfro not only do you need to take good care of your “luscious curly locks” but you must also have the right attitude, which pretty much boils down to embracing what you have and abiding by your principles and accomplishing your set goals, in essence, what being a real man is all about. If you want your Jewfro, you go out there and you get it, son (paraphrasing whatever catchy movie in whatever catchy sequence where the father tells the son to accomplish his goals).
Thus, if you want to grow a Jewfro, don’t overthink it and just do it but do it right. And if ever in doubt, ask yourself: “what would The Hoff do?”
All the best, curly gentlemen.