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Old 10-14-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
 
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Default Napolean Dynamite Jewfro? Help?

Hi! This is my first time posting on the forum and any help is appreciated! I have quite the predicament with my hair and any help at all is hugely appreciated! I know I'm not that good at describing this type of thing and I'm sorry if my way of writing is confusing or it if it's too long, but please help. I'm desparate for assistance and I need someone to help. All help is valued. Now about my hair. My hair, to put it fairly, looks pretty much like Napolean Dynamite when it is without product. It's big, kind of bushy, very curly and even a little red. I hate it. Here's three pictures of it.

1. Here's a picture.
2. Here's a picture.
3. Yet another picture

It's not as bad here because I recently got a hair cut, but when it is longer it is much much worse. I hate it. I have no idea how to manage my hair at all so I put a few creams in followed by gels hoping for the best. The products are: Garnier fructis style sleek and shine anti-humidity smoothing silk, garnier fructis style curl calm down anti-frizz cream, Garnier Fructis sleek and shine intensely smooth leave-in conditioning cream, Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Calming Creme and Bed Head Tigi Control Freak serum. I put very small amounts of each, totaling about the size of a quarter all together. After that, the gels which is Tea Tree firm hold gel and Spikers water-resistant styling glue. Like I said, I have no idea how to manage hair like mine so I just get what my hair stylist recommended and what sounds like what I need and use it.

What the products do when they're all used together make it look a lot better. Instead of a full on jewfro kind of look the height is reduced, the curls are turned into more like waves than curls (except near the ends) and my hair is even darker, so it looks way better. The problem is that this effect only lasts for 3 hours at the most until it "wears off" and goes back to a normal red ugly fluff ball. Here's some pictures of my hair with product in it right now when it is shorter, although these are sort of different than when my hair is longer with product in it. I know, I put a lot of picture, but I just want to be clear of how my hair is to get as much help as possible.

4. Picture
5. Another picture
6. Look at all these pictures
7. Example of my hair's wave
8. So many pictures
9.More pictures
10. I like the color
11. Yet another one
12. You get the point

When my hair was longer and I put product in I actually liked the way it looked a lot. I have no pictures of how it looked, but it looked a lot from Sherlock from the BBC show Sherlock. I'll post a few pictures from the show as examples.

13. Example
14. Another example
15. Last example

But, I had the same problem, it only lasted a few hours until going back to completely normal, and it looked worse because it was longer, so it was a full on jewfro instead of the first three pictures which wasn't nearly as bad.
Hopefully someone can try and help me out! If anyone has a similar type of hair or just knows how this type of hair works, tell me what to do. Ultimately, I just want the effect of the products in my hair to last the whole day, if not, even longer. I want it to look like pictures 4-15 all day instead of just going back to normal, like in pictures 1-3 after a few hours. Am I not using enough product? Am I using too much? Am I not using the right type? Should I comb my hair a certain way? Someone please help. If information on my hair helps, I know it has high porosity, it's dense, it naturally goes to the left a little bit, it's really dry, and if any other information about my hair is necessary to help feel free to ask. Again, thank you so much if you read this all and decided to help out. I know I'm not that good at describing this type of thing and I'm sorry if my way of writing is confusing or it if it's too long, but please help.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
 
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Hmm my hair does the same thing. It doesn't look like it did when I first put the products in. Are you going to consider cutting it because it may get easier if you cut it. But then again it may be like that because of all the products you put in your hair. I'm no hair expert, just throwing out some suggestions.

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Old 10-15-2012, 01:04 PM   #3
 
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Try pulling it back almost like a slick back but looser with wavy curly hair.

Visit your nearest beauty college and have the stylist try to style it in a pull back way. Should cost about $6 cause they're just students. Or have then try another style and tell you how to maintain it.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:56 PM   #4
 
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When I refer to my "Jewfro", it's meant with affection (especially since I'm Jewish). Maybe you don't mean to sound racially derogatory when you repeatedly refer to your "Jewfro" in a negative way, but to me it sounds a little self-degrading. Your hair is wonderful. Maybe somewhere along the line you got teased about it by jealous guys or by some others because it looks different. But it's your signature. It makes you a rock star, if you'll let it.

I'll leave it up to others to keep giving you product and styling advice, but I'd just like to add: When you're fifty, I can almost promise you you'll be surrounded my men whose hair is thinning or are bald, and you'll be one of the few men in the room with a great, attractive mane. Even if you start going bald, you'll have enough hair that you can transplant it from the back to the front lol.

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You need a deva cut (a specialized method of cutting curly hair where the hair is dry when they cut it and they trim it curl by individual curl. The result is unbelievable. You also need moisture, moisture, moisture!!
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:30 AM   #6
 
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To be perfectly honest, I like the way your hair looks in pic number 2 the best. I do think that you could use a better haircut. You could definitely benefit from a cut by someone who knows curls. That wet look from Sherlock is not a good look.

This is the internet, and I'll never meet you in person, so I don't feel bad saying that you sound very insecure about your hair, and this is totally NORMAL for people your age. I'll best most of us curlies hated our hair well into our college years, so if you learn how to handle it now you will be ahead of the curve.

As far as products, you say your hair is dry. You really need to condition it with a rich conditioner. I haven't used it, but a lot of people like Tresemme Naturals. Don't wash it every day. Even if you get it wet every day, just use conditioner most days rather than shampooing all the time.

DO NOT EVER brush your hair. Comb it in the shower to get rid of tangles. This made a huge difference for me when I found out (luckily pretty young).

If you really want beautiful curls like many of the ladies on this site, the secret is using a curl enhancer (like the creams you mentioned) then topping with a gel while its still very wet and not touching it until it's dry. Then once it's totally dry, you scrunch it out til its soft and shiny. I personally can't imagine a guy doing that, but give it a try.

Finally, I really hope you come back and check this thread, and if you take nothing from this, pleeeeaaase just google images of Shaun White. His hair is amazing, and it looks a lot like yours. I know tons of women who would die for his hair, and others who would just love to get their hands in it. You can't change your hair, so you gotta own it! Hope this helps
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^very good advice! +100

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Old 10-18-2012, 03:12 PM   #8
 
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Oh man - I am so sorry, but I am laughing out loud. Your hair looks just like my sons (ages 18 and 13)! (Their hair colors are different from yours, but otherwise, you're practically triplets.) You are so handsome and your hair is wonderful.

We joke about our Jewfros too, and I know for sure it's an affectionate term for us. Now one of my son's friends calls his own hair an "IndioFro"...and it's definitely for humor, not insult in any way. I'm assuming your are simply using the terminology of your age group, and not being negative about being Jewish.

My 13 year old son is hating his hair the same way you are. He had a terrible cut a few weeks ago from someone who had absolutely no idea how to cut curly hair. Recently he started using some of my products. They are in black bottles, and even though no one else uses his bathroom, for some reason the masculine looking bottles are necessary. The brand he's using is called "Design Essentials", and he's having success with using lots of product to control frizz and keep some semblance of shape in his hair.

Your hair will be a positive "signature" for you - I promise! When my older son was in high school, young ladies were fascinated with his hair. He used it to his advantage and wound up being a guitarist and drummer in a popular band. The hair worked with his musician image. Hair like your hair is easy to spot, and easy to remember. He played saxophone in marching band, and we could never find him until the band took off their shakos. Then we would all look for The Hair and find him easily.

He's now a freshman in college, and he "rocks" his fro. Apparently it gets very positive attention. He has a bit of a vintage Jim Morrison look, but more curly than wavy. He did get a cut recently, but he still keeps it relatively long so he gets the weight to pull it down and not form into springs.

The HUGE thing, as others have said, is to get the right cut from somebody who understands curly hair. The right person can cut it so the weight distributes better and it can either elongate or curl into a shape, depending on what you want. That person can also help you with the gobs of product you're probably going to need to control that head of hair.

Have a look at this: Matt Stone’s Jewfro | Cool Men's Hairstyles Pictures & Styling Tips

On an opposite note, my 75 year old uncle, who bears an extremely strong resemblance to Gene Wilder, only recently gave up his Robert Plant 'Fro. In this case, the 'do wasn't quite as attractive...However, it served him well for ages, literally.

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I love your hair. You are adorable.
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