The Jewfro Hairstyle for those cool Curly Men

 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.

 

David Hasselhoff with his curly hair in a Jewfro

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 hairstyle for curly hair men

The Jewfro is a good hairstyle for all males with Type III/IV hair

via Wikimedia Commons

 

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).

 

Phil Spector during his murder trials with his Jewfro

Don’t be the creepy guy with the Jewfro

 Rogelio weightlifting with his Jewfro or what he also calls Afro

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.

Seth Rogen during an interview with his curly hair in a Jewfro

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.

Rogelio

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Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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7 comments for “The Jewfro Hairstyle for those cool Curly Men

  1. Alexander
    May 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I need some advice and email in regards to my hair. I have the jewfro. I am a Hispanic/white mixed guy. MY hair if just combed will be a fro and if leave wet and put curling milk leave in conditioner its very curly. MY question is how long does it take for it to drop down and hang shoulder length. I can send pics to show.I have been growing for six months now and 5 in half inches if pulled down verses a few inches in scrunched natural state.

  2. Juan
    May 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Bravissimo Rogelio!!!

    So glad I found your site! I’m getting ready to cut my mane after almost five years of growing it. Time to look more professional. Conditioner and a shake are as far as I go with my hair. Any tips or photos fora very professional (dare I say Ivy League) look for us curly men?

    Gracias!

  3. jewfroguy123
    January 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    ahah im so proud of my hair i would never cut it

  4. Art
    December 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    You do not think that jewfro requires a different classification? My hair is definitely puffed, but not too curly, especially now, when the hair became longer, my hair now are more wavy.

  5. Salaadin
    December 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Image edited
    My hair is on the left, my goal (kind of a jewfro) is on the right, is it possible?

  6. Cy
    July 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Good day, Sir!

    And I’ve got a problem with my hair. Years back, it was just a wavy hair (Type 1) but when I started to cut it short (from a pixie cut to short faux hawk), it became curlier.

    I think I belong to Type II, but every time I’m trying to let it grow, it looks filthy and rough. My hair is naturally thick but it looks dry. I have no choice but to sport shorter hair cut which looks cleaner and more decent. Even my friends mock me that my hair looks like a plastic wig. Aww.

    For now, I’m trying to let it grow again (faux hawk)and ditching my styling wax. I just wanted to know if it’s possible for my hair to sport a Jewfro, or an Afro without looking dirty.

    And, do I really belong to type II?

    And well, I am very inspired to maintain my natural hair because of your blog. Before, I’m defying its natural type because straight and sleek hair never runs out of style. But hey, I just want to stand out and be proud of my mane! I’m gonna let the beast in me to come out!
    Thank you so much Sir! 

  7. Jewnas
    April 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    My hair grows into jewfro if I don’t keep it short. I might grow it back to its jewfro length again now that ive read this article lol

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