Jamie Foxx Clarifies Hairdo, On 'When I Was 17'

'I had the major curl, not the Jheri curl,' he explains on new episode, airing Saturday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on MTV.

Jamie Foxx reveals the appalling misconception of his hairdo during the '80s on this week's episode of "When I Was 17," airing Saturday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on MTV.

"When I was 17, I had the major curl, not the Jheri curl," Foxx says. "A lot of people get it twisted and confused, and they say 'Jheri curl.' "

What's the difference, you're wondering? He explains, "I had the little curls in the front and the big ones in the back."

His friend Gilbert shares who else worked this 'do: "I would link the major curl to women or pimps, for the most part."

But growing up in a small town in Texas, Jamie's major curl must have helped him stand out from the crowd.

"Where I grew up was Terrell, Texas, right outside of Dallas: 12,000 people, a small town where everybody knew everybody," he says.

Besides maintaining his hairdo, Foxx tells us how he spent the rest of his time when he was 17: "It was just real simple. It was about having a crush on a girl, walking her from the football stadium, holding hands. You go park, and the cops bang on the door, 'What y'all doing?' "

Nobody likes a flattened major curl.

"When I Was 17" — this week featuring Jamie Foxx, Tia and Tamera Mowry, and Chris Bosh — airs Saturday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on MTV.