Jeff Wittek is a renowned American hairstylist, comedian, podcaster, and YouTuber famously known as the creator of Jeff’s Barbershop and the podcast Jeff FM. He had a run-in with the law in 2011 at age 21 when he was arrested for being in possession of hard drugs like oxycodone, cannabis, and cocaine, which led him to spend some time in jail.
While living a life of crime has never been easy, it is possibly more difficult to turn away from such a life to face the unknown. It takes sheer determination for someone with a criminal history to turn a new leaf, especially after spending time in jail. That’s the story of Jeff Wittek. He has grown to become a popular media personality, a model, and a budding actor despite his rough start in life.
Also a popular hairstylist, Jeff has worked with celebrities like Big Sean and DJ Pauly D. Among other things, he is admired for his good looks. Jeff is often called a ‘hottie’ and even his mug shot has been tagged as such. He has a huge fanbase online, and it has earned him endorsements with companies like Colgate, Old Spice, Mac Donald, Honey, and American Express.
Jeff Wittek at a Glance
What Is Known About Jeff Wittek’s Childhood?
Born on the 15th of December 1989 in Staten Island, New York, Jeffrey R. Wittek grew up on the streets. While Jeff has jealously guarded information about the family he hails from, he has been really vocal about his life growing up on the streets, especially his early exposure to selling drugs.
He was busted on several occasions but a major run-in with the law in 2011 made him lose all he had. This particular arrest served as a catalyst for Jeff who decided to turn his life around.
After serving his time, Jeff decided to change the trajectory of his life by making money legally. Being a trained hairstylist, he decided to infuse that into developing a personality for himself in the media.
How He Became a Social Media Personality
His social media career began on the now-defunct ‘Vine’ where he built a public persona as American Jeff. He then set up a profile on Tumblr and uploaded pictures of haircuts. In September 2011, he created his self-titled YouTube account which helped him to solidify his status as a social media personality.
With millions of subscribers to his channel, Jeff Wittek is definitely one of the forces to reckon with on YouTube. He basically uploads videos on fitness and hairstyles, but one major factor that has gained him a massive number of followers is the interviews he does with popular media personalities. Typically, his guests sit on his barbing chair to have their hair styled while he interviews them.
Moreover, Jeff doesn’t shy away from discussing his jail time during interviews. He uses every opportunity to sensitive the young ones about the dangers of selling drugs. Jeff also boasts of millions of followers on Instagram.
Acting Career and Relationship with Cierra Ramirez
In 2016, Jeff Wittek ventured into acting and has featured in a number of movies such as Stories from Our Future (2019), Petting Scorpions (2017), Little Black Mirror (2019), Crazy Drug Lord (2016), and Declined Crédit Card (2016).
It was in 2015 that Jeff met the beautiful Cierra Alexa Ramirez in a club. Sparks flew after they were introduced to each other by a mutual friend and they soon began to date. They attended social events together and even won J-14 Magazine’s 2017 celebrity couple.
It is believed that Jeff’s relationship with Cierra who is a singer and actress helped a great deal in establishing his status as a social media star. Unfortunately, their relationship ended in 2018. They have explained that they drifted apart due to their tight schedules.
Why Jeff Wittek Went To Jail in 2011
Jeff Wittek may have become a popular hairstylist; however, he hasn’t been free from controversies. Before he began to gain any form of popularity, he was involved in selling drugs to augment what he earned from being a hairstylist. He was busted on the 2nd of March 2011 at age 21.
From what we gathered, he was found in possession of 7.6g of oxycodone, 20 grams of cannabis, and cocaine. As a result, his total bond was posted at $61,000, and he had to spend some time in Wayside, LA County jail before he was bailed. Since his time in jail, he has turned his life around but doesn’t keep that part of his life a secret as it has contributed to his growth.
Jeff Has Opened Up About His Time in Jail in Several Interviews
The hairstylist has opened up about his arrest and time in jail in several interviews. In March 2019, he was a guest star on a YouTube channel, Durte Dom, where he told some ‘Crazy Jail Stories.’ According to Jeff, he was scared all the time, while in jail, and was bored all day, which led him to crave to be outside.
In his words, “The people there are scary but the scariest part was getting into trouble. You are most scared when you are initially getting arrested and realizing you messed up and now you are going to deal with some serious consequences. That’s when you kind of get all that emotion out.”
Additionally, Jeff Wittek has also featured on Joe Vulpis’ YouTube channel, Ugh It’s Joe. During their collaboration, the duo opened up about their prison time while talking about the food they received there. Joe also referred to Jeff as a former inmate. The duo went on to talk about how they made their own snacks in prison in the video.
Jeff also disclosed how he witnessed several fights that took place in the prison and how all those instances shaped his life and helped him see things differently. Although the hairstylist isn’t proud of his criminal offense, he has since put the past behind him.