Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Got Her Own Hairstylist After ‘Rough’ ‘Nutty Professor’ Wig
One of Jada Pinkett Smith’s most memorable roles was in 1996’s The Nutty Professor, and the actress is opening up about how the film served as a turning point for her career behind the scenes.
On the latest episode of her Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith said her “rough” hairstyle in the comedic film caused her to get her own hairstylist on set for every project that came after.
“This was a rough one.”
She added that the person who styled her hair didn’t listen when she tried to explain how black women wear roots. Jada Pinkett Smith said,
“She thought the roots should be, not smoothed, but the hair should be straight. She was like, ‘Well, you know, usually for Black women, you don’t have straightened roots.’ And I said, ‘Oh no, we do. We either straighten it with a hot comb or we perm it.'”
“But she didn’t believe me. So, she made it with roots that weren’t straight but the hair was… And I fought, and I fought and I fought.”
Now, Jada doesn’t have to worry about her hair at all! She debuted a shaved hairstyle in July, crediting her daughter Willow Smith, 20, for the inspiration. She shared a photo with Willow Smith, who shaved her own hair last year to raise awareness about anxiety, and wrote:
“Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT … my 50’s are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed”