Jelly Roll Shocks Fans With Total Hair Transformation: ‘Did I Make A Mistake?’

“I can’t believe I did this to be honest,” the “Son Of A Sinner” singer says.


Lauren Jo Black

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June 30, 2023

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Jelly Roll Haircut; Photos via TikTok

Jelly Roll said goodbye to his mullet and has undergone a total hair transformation!  

Luckily, the 38-year-old genre-bending star, whose real name is Jason DeFord, documented each step of the monumental moment. He later took to social media on Friday (June 30) to reveal his new haircut with fans.

“I can’t believe I did this to be honest – did I make a mistake?” the “Son Of A Sinner” singer captioned the clip on Instagram.

Jelly Roll; Photo via TikTok
Jelly Roll; Photo via TikTok

“You ever woke up and just felt like ‘fu** it’? That’s exactly how I woke up feeling like this morning,” Jelly Roll says, narrating the brief clip before asking his barber, who is seen setting up his equipment in the clip, “are you ready to cut this shit off or what?”

“We’re going all the way off though,” the Nashville native adds.

Jelly Roll later asks his wife, Bunnie XO, who he dubbed “hair hater number one,” if she was “excited” that he was cutting off his hair. 

“Bro, me and about five thousand other women,” she replies. “All the ladies are in my comments talking about how beautiful you look with your haircut so I’m so excited.”

Bunnie XO, Jelly Roll; Photo via TikTok
Bunnie XO, Jelly Roll; Photo via TikTok

As his barber sprays his hair with water to prepare for his haircut, Jelly Roll admits, “you can clearly see it in my face right now that I am second-guessing this decision. I mean, as soon as he started spraying that hair down.”

Bunnie XO later joins the barber and playfully snips off a few locks.

Jelly Roll proceeds to tilt his head, attempting to make an adjustment to his lengthy locks, only to realize that his head was now shaved, and his beloved curly mullet was no longer present.

“That was weird. I just went to flip my hair and it wasn’t there,” he says with a laugh. “I keep reaching back and I’m so used to twiddlin’ it.”


Cant believe I did it man!!!

♬ original sound – Jelly Roll

“Did I f**k up?” he questions.

In a state of disbelief, he admits, “I can’t believe I cut my curls. And this clip is about acceptance. You can see that I have accepted it and there’s nothing I can do.”

The clip concludes with the big reveal of his new look.

“Alright y’all I did it man, I did it, dude. Everybody let me know what you think. Leave a comment, tell me the truth,” he says, while showing his followers his fresh cut in his bathroom mirror.

His post raked in thousands of reactions, including one from Miranda Lambert, who commented, “Freshy.” 

Jelly Roll -- Whitsitt Chapel
Jelly Roll — Whitsitt Chapel

Jelly Roll recently released his debut full-length country record, WHITSITT CHAPEL, via BMG/Stoney Creek Records. 

The project, named after the church the Antioch native grew up attending, features 13 tracks, including the fan-favorite tunes “NEED A FAVOR” and “SHE.”

“This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life. I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful. I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music. Real music for real people with real problems,” Jelly Roll previously shared in a statement.

Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

WHITSITT CHAPEL also includes three collaborations. Brantley Gilbert and Struggle Jennings joins Jelly Roll on “Behind Bars” and Yelawolf is featured on “Unlive,” while Lainey Wilson teamed up with the 38-year-old hitmaker to recreate his fan-favorite tune, “Save Me.”

Additionally, Jelly Roll will soon embark on his massive 44-date headlining arena tour, dubbed the Backroad Baptism Tour.

Hosted by Josh Adam Meyers, the trek kicks off on Friday, July 28 at Bank Plus Amphitheater in Southhaven, Mississippi. The Backroad Baptism will run through Saturday, October 14, where the trek will wrap up in Tampa, Florida at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre.

“The Backroad Baptism Tour is a big one for me, y’all! I’m bringing my friends out on the road this summer, and I can’t wait to see every one of you mutherf***ers at a show,” Jelly Roll shared.

Ashley McBryde, Caitlynne Curtis, Chase Rice, Elle King, Merkules, Struggle Jennings, Three 6 Mafia, and Yelawolf will serve as support on select dates of the tour.

Jelly Roll: Save Me Documentary

Jelly Roll also recently released his documentary, Jelly Roll: Save Me. The film by ABC New Studios gives viewers an inside look at the “Son Of A Sinner” singer’s life on the road with never-before-seen footage from his tour. It also includes interviews with Jelly Roll and people who are close to him.

With a desire to inspire others to make a change in their lives, Jelly Roll shared his personal trials and tribulations throughout film, which debuted on May 30.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.