Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

frizzyrykielOne of the more disturbing hair trends of the past decade is on its way out, at least judging by the latest looks on the runway. What am I talking about? I’m talking about straight, flat hair achieved via daily use of a heating Iron and product. This look was and remains popular, particularly amongst Jewish women who seek to control their unruly Semitic hair. But what is considered unruly by some is considered hot by others, and now, it’s not just hot, it’s fashionable! Female Jewish fashionistas can put away the horrible Iron and laugh at their naturally flaxen haired counterparts as they buy expensive product and waste countless hours every month in order to look more Semitic.

I’m not kidding. Check out the suggested regime and product required:

1. Braid your hair in tiny braids (the thicker the braid, the less textured your hair will be).
2. Using hairspray (we like Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode – $25), spray all over, then flat iron each braid to set the crimp. I also like using a product called Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Just spray it on before or during ironing.
3. After the hair is set, take the braids out and use your fingers to separate.
4. Spray the ends of your hair with hair powder (Bumble and Bumble Dry Hair Powder – $35), it’s the absolute secret weapon for giving your hair a frizzy, full finish.

Thank goodness for the inevitable end of that straight hair trend. It was just plain stupid. And this isn’t some cool Jew nonsense – we’re not talking about the ironic sporting of Jewfros as a statement of pride for one’s heritage. This is a legitimate fashion trend and applies to all, Jews and non-Jews. Sort of like circumcision! OK, maybe I added that last line in just to piss David Kelsey off. Sue me. I mean he’ss all flipped out about deceased 93 year old women with 2000 descendants, and I’m expressing concern for my sisters! But yes, frizzy/curly hair is back. Yay!

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.


  • I’ve always been one with my curly hair… although the whole strangers grabbing hold/groping the locks is kinda annoying.

    That being said, fashion is cyclical and always has been. In a few seasons straight will be back then it’ll be short, long, etc.

  • I wish natural hair would be en vogue at some point. And in contrast to what your hair stylist may tell you, most men don’t care at all for boy-like haircuts on women.
    BTW, is the frizz really Semitic? I’d been under the impression it’s African “heritage”…

  • Yes Sharon. Stop straightening your hair, you’ll thank me when you’re 35+ and your hair isn’t brittle, dry and thinning.

  • I can vouch for the frizziness of semitic hair. I find that not washing it helps. Also, staying far, far away from Chicago. Lisa R – I too hate people groping my hair, and saying stuff like “oh my god, you have so much, crazy hair”. Mostly, it’s CK who gets on my nerves with his over the top descriptions of my hair. It’s mine, I know what it looks like.

  • I agree that I’d like to see “natural” hair be in style. If it’s naturally frizzy, let is be frizzy. If it’s naturally straight, let it be straight. I mean your natural hair style might be the look that naturallys suits you can complements your face, given that it’s all programmed by genetics and such.