Why Did Jeff Wittek Go to Jail? The YouTuber Had a Run-In With the Law Eight Years Ago

Why did Jeff Wittek go to jail when he was 21 years old? Learn more about the drug dealing and possession that led to his arrest when he was younger.

Lizzy Rosenberg - Author

Aug. 6 2019, Updated 5:35 p.m. ET

Celebrity hairstylist Jeff Wittek has gained a tremendous amount of popularity on YouTube over the last several years, making life-changing transformation videos, and sometimes inviting famous actors on set. However, there's no denying that he's had somewhat of a rough past leading up to his fame.

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At age 21, the barber had a run-in with the law and did a few months behind bars. And since you're probably wondering what he was convicted for, stay tuned — I've done some digging and uncovered some juicy details.

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First, here's a little background on Jeff Wittek.

Like I said, Jeff Wittek is a widely recognized YouTuber, barber, hair stylist, and actor who hails all the way from Staten Island, N.Y. 

He is now 29 years old, and is currently in a loving relationship with famous actress Cierra Ramirez. And boasting a net worth of $500,000, according to FamousBirthsDeaths, it goes without saying he's totally slaying the game. 

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Jeff started out his hair styling career posting to a hair-cutting-focused Tumblr blog called "BehindTheCuts" (the blog appears to be no longer in use, as the last post is dated 2012). 

But Jeff kept working to mold his own brand. According to DreShare, Jeff started to gain recognition upon joining Vine where he made short videos under the username "American Jeff." In 2011, he started his own YouTube channel, and the rest is history.

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So why did Jeff Wittek go to jail? 

According to a YouTube video posted by FR Media, Jeff went to jail for dealing and possessing drugs just before he started gaining popularity.

Prior to gaining recognition for hair cutting, the beloved barber was selling and keeping a variety of controlled and uncontrolled substances, marijuana, and cocaine. The barber's bond came out to $61,000, which is why he had to spend some time in Wayside LA County. 

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While his experience stayed with him, Jeff has put his past behind him.

Don't get me wrong — Jeff isn't necessarily proud of his criminal offense. However, the famous hair stylist doesn't keep his time in prison a secret. 

In fact, earlier this year in March 2019 Jeff guest-starred on popular YouTube channel Durte Dom to tell "crazy jail stories," and honestly, each of them are pretty wild. Check it out, below.

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From group showers, to avoiding fights, and working hard to abide by the rules, Jeff was more than happy to talk about his experience in jail on Durte Dom.

More than anything, he said he was bored all day long and craved to be outside. The people there were scary, but the scariest part was getting in trouble.

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"[You're most scared] when you're initial[ly] getting arrested and realizing you f--ked up, and now you're going to deal with some serious consequences," Jeff said during his interview on Durte Dom. "That's when you kinda get all that emotion out."

While Jeff's arrest was most likely a big deal at the time, he's clearly come far with his job and personal life. Jeff, we're all rooting for ya — keep it up.

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