Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Jewfro



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...

13 comments:

kylie said...

as far as i know i'm not jewish. so what explains my 'fro?

Leah said...

You know, I do believe the 'fro exists in many other cultures, etc. You just have to lay claim to it. Yes, our hair does actually look somewhat similar, different colors that's all...

just bob said...

That's a cool drawing of Gabe Kaplan.

Megan said...

I'm giggling!

I also have to get a damned scanner. I've got some 'fro pictures of myself that will knock your socks off!

Suzanne said...

Too funny. Okay, now I can leave. Thank you.

XO to all.

Karen ^..^ said...

I LOVE curly hair. I get so upset when I have a girl sitting in my chair and she doesn't take full advantage of the crowning glory that is a head full of sexy, soft curls. So sad. I am so happy to hear that you are embracing your curls. Softening and taming them into something you love. Good girl.

curls are beautiful. Now that I am 40, I have curly hair. But only under a big layer of straight hair. Time for a perm!!! *yay* *does happy dance*

Megan said...

I wish I lived close enough for Karen to do my hair. :(

Karen ^..^ said...

I wish you did, too, Megan!

:(

Leah said...

Yay, Karen has the right hair attitude!

Auntie, aka cagny said...

I remember the very first boy I fell madly in love with in the 9th grade...he had a beautiful blond jewfro.

my own hair is pin-straight.
wah.

Cece said...

I shall be back to get caught up with everyone after work. Sorry I have been absent this week, but it has been a hell of a week, and when I get home, I'm too exhausted to read. But I hope to catch up tonight! Until then.....
MISS ME ALOT!!!!

LOL

Megan said...

Hi Auntie!
Hi Cece!

Suzanne said...

"Miss me alot."

That woman is so self absorbed. *Sits ass down on Macy's sofa, looks around for black heels...* Hey Gig, you ready to dance?

XO