• Started his career as a barber and shifted his fame to a new level, becoming a YouTube and Instagram personality
• Was arrested and accused of dealing and possessing drugs in 2011 and spent half a year in Wayside LA County prison
• Started posting the results of his works on his Tumblr blog and created his account on the application called Vine
• Shared his parent's wedding photo on his Instagram account and recreated the photo of his father in a sponsored post for Old Spice
• Has over 2.1 million subscribers on YouTube and 2.8 million followers on Instagram; his net worth is estimated at $2 million
Jeff Wittek is a popular social media personality, who posts videos of himself creating new hairstyles for various celebrities. He started his career as a barber, soon shifting his fame to a new level and quickly becoming a YouTube and Instagram personality.
- 1 Early life and family
- 2 Educational background
- 3 All Truth About Jail
- 4 Career
- 5 Personal life, ex-girlfriend Cierra Ramirez
- 6 Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- 7 Appearance, clothing style
- 8 Net worth and salary
Early life and family
Jeffrey R Wittek was born on 15 December 1989, on Staten Island, New York USA, so he holds American nationality and his zodiac sign is Sagittarius. He doesn’t share a lot of details on his parents’ life, though it is known they are very supportive of Jeff, and encourage him to develop his hairstyling and online career. His parents appeared in one of Jeff’s videos on his YouTube channel, entitled “SURPRISING PARENTS BY BREAKING INTO THEIR HOUSE”. His mother conspired with him to prank Jeff’s father, and Jeff broke into his parents’ house imitating the robbery.
However, his father wasn’t scared, so to find out what was going on in their bedroom he went to find Jeff there, standing and laughing. Jeff also shared his parent’s wedding photo on his Instagram account; the post was sponsored by Old Spice, and Jeff recreated the photo of his father by wearing a similar suit, standing in a similar way and making his hair look like his father’s, stating that his dad was his inspiration during all these years. As of 2020, Jeff is residing in Los Angeles, California.
Jeff matriculated from his local high school in New York in 2007. Later he had several barber courses, but he didn’t enroll at any college, pursuing his barber career.
All Truth About Jail
Before gaining recognition for his hairstyling talent, Jeff was a drug dealer to make a living.
On 3 February 2011 Jeff was arrested and accused of dealing and possessing drugs, reportedly cocaine, marijuana and other substances he possessed illegally. His bond was as high as $61,000, and he spent more than half a year in Wayside LA County prison. Sharing his experience of spending several months in jail in his interview on Durte Dom YouTube channel, Jeff said that jails in Los Angeles are overcrowded, and supposed it should be illegal to keep so many people in such conditions. He said that he had problems with such simple things as having a shower, as the bathroom was always full of people, and some of them were not even going to wash, just hanging around.
Jeff was so scared and confused that the soap he was holding slipped out of his hands and flew away to the different side of the room.
Please no one photoshop me into a prison bunk ok? Thanks… pic.twitter.com/TL9zuViuP6
— Jeff Wittek (@jeffwittek) July 5, 2019
He also admitted that while in the jail, he couldn’t get rid of the fear of being killed. He also stated that nobody worked there in jail, staring at the wall all day long, having only one hour of walking outside of the building a week, not even each day. However, Jeff understood he was doing wrong when dealing drugs, and so changed his life after his release.
Social media career
While developing his career of a barber, Jeff started posting the results of his works on his Tumblr blog, entitled “Behind The Cuts”. He shared his “work in progress” pictures, giving some tips on styling the hair properly, etc. He also created his account on the application called Vine, and started gaining even more popularity, posting his videos under the nickname American Jeff.
On 9 September 2011 Jeff started his YouTube channel to upload his vlogs and hairstyle videos. By 2020 his channel had become very popular, attracting more than 2.1 million subscribers, to view more than 70 videos he’s uploaded – one of his most popular is entitled “GIVING DAVID DOBRIK A NEW HAIRCUT | Jeff’s Barbershop” with over 6.6 million views. He often invites TikTok stars, his YouTube fellow vloggers and other popular people to have their hair cut or dyed.
He recently posted the video of him dying Jay Sage’s hair pink, and Jay, who is a popular TikToker said that she adored the result, though the video is entitled “I DYED THIS TIKTOK STARS HAIR AND SHE HATED IT | Jeff’s Barbershop”.
Controversial video with the homeless man makeover
Another which Jeff posted on his YouTube channel was his second popular video entitled “HOMELESS MAN MAKEOVER AMAZING TRANSFORMATION *heart warming*”, which caused various reactions from the audience, and attracted more than 6.3 million views. Jeff knew one of the homeless men surviving on the streets of Los Angeles, found him and invited him to his house for a makeover. He offered him a shower, a change of clothes which he gifted, and eventually cut his hair and beard.
Even though Jeff’s motives were clear and positive as he was trying to help at least one homeless person, his viewers blamed him for using the man for achieving the clickbait video title, stating that the man, who in fact was an alcoholic, needed some serious help and a rehab, rather than a new haircut.
The homeless man himself could hardly understand what was going on with him, as he almost fell asleep during the haircut, and then losing his balance falling on the floor when leaving Jeff’s house.
Jeff has always wanted to become a movie star, so he used his popularity on YouTube to land roles in some short films. In 2016 he appeared as Officer Jeff in “Declined Credit Card”, and the same character in the short film “Crazy Drug Lord” in the same year. In 2017 he appeared as Ace in “Petting Scorpions”, sharing the screen with his ex-girlfriend Cierra Ramirez, Anwar Jibawi (who also played Amir in “Airport Security Squad” from 2019 to 2020), Kristina Kane and Rudy Mancuso.
In 2018 Jeff landed the role of Captain America in the short film “Superhero Therapy”, and also played Mike in the TV mini-series “Stories from Our Future”, appearing in the episode “Getting to Know You”.
In 2012 Jeff started his Instagram account to support his YouTube channel, and to attract more subscribers; as of 2020, Jeff has more than 2.8 million subscribers. The first photo he posted was his mug shot taken in 2011. He often posts mutual photos with other social media personalities, such as Zane Hijazi (who is an old friend of his), Christian DelGrosso, and many others. His account attracted a lot of major sponsors too, so he regularly shares posts sponsored by Old Spice, Colgate, and many more.
Personal life, ex-girlfriend Cierra Ramirez
Jeff started dating Cierra Ramirez in 2015. Cierra was pursuing her acting career, landing minor roles in short movies, so they both shared the same dream of getting to Hollywood. Born on 9 March 1995, in Houston, Texas, Cierra debuted in “CSI: Miami” in 2006, landing the role of Isabel Terraza in the episode “Deviant”.
Later she had minor roles in such series as “Desperate Housewives”, “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and “My Own Worst Enemy”. Cierra was cast in her first recurring role in the popular series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, appearing in more than 22 episodes of the show from 2012 to 2013. Then from 2013 to 2018 she played Mariana Adams Foster in “The Fosters”, also appearing in the spin-off of the series, “Good Trouble”, playing the same role. Jeff and Cierra post a lot of mutual photos on their Instagram account, but as soon as they broke up in 2018, Cierra removed them from her social media profile, while Jeff decided to leave the pictures as they are. Cierra is now dating another guy, who is a singer and songwriter, sharing the photos of her hugging him. Jeff remains single, as of 2020.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Jeff enjoys working out, spending a lot of time in the gym and sharing the videos of himself exercising on Instagram. He has a dog named Nerf, who has his own Instagram account. Jeff is also a fan of yoga. His favorite colors are black and green.
Appearance, clothing style
Jeff has brown eyes and dark brown hair. He is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall and weighs around 180lbs (82kgs); his vital statistics are 42-32-37. As to his clothing style, he likes wearing casual hoodies from his own merchandise clothing line, but he also likes wearing official suits, as he finds himself handsome in them.
Net worth and salary
AS of 2020, Jeff’s net worth is reported to be around $2 million. His YouTube channel earns up to $32,550 per month, while a sponsored post on his Instagram account may cost up to $9,500.