Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Well, since we were discussing hair back there, and I've indoctrinated some into the wacky world of the Jewfro, let me just let the rest of you in on it.
Jewfro. Well, what is it? I'm sure you've guessed. It's an afro on the head of a Hebrew. It can be deliberate or cultivated, but let's face it, we of Jewish persuasion in many cases just seem to have a natural tendency toward it. And don't let them fool you, women have it, not just the menfolk.
Jewfro is a great way of showing Jewish pride--it's like a special not-so-secret handshake. However, it can also be the very bane of one's existence. I personally have braved many's the hairstylist in my time, to deal with Jewfro. They all "fixed" my hair in such a way as to tamp down my very essence--the last time being in Chinatown, where, memorably, the horrified lady shook her head at my frizz and proceeded to iron it to a curtain of swinging silk--but what do you think happened the next day?
Angry Jewfro, back with a vengeance.
My latest hairstylist, as I mentioned below in the comments, was the first ever to encourage me to embrace rather than reject my Jewfro, albeit in more shapely and tame form. God bless her.
So Jewfro. Love it? Hate it? As a Jew, there's not much you can do with it but love it and nurture it to the best of your ability. I've reined my hair in a bit, but someday I dream of sporting a full Jewish natural...
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