Willow Smith said that she had no choice but to do her own hair at a “high fashion photo shoot” because the hairstylist didn’t know how to work with Black hair.
During the latest episode of Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch, released yesterday (September 15), Tiffany Haddish joined the ladies to discuss what shaving her head during the pandemic meant to her. Gammy said, “Black people have such a different attachment to their hair.”
20-year-old Willow recalled a “very high fashion photo shoot” where “all of the white models were getting their hair done and they all had somebody,” Smith recalled during the episode.
She continued, “The person that was supposed to do my hair came, looked at it, and tried to do something to it, tried to touch it. I could tell they were extremely perturbed. I could tell that they were just like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.'”
The “Transparent Soul” singer said that the hairstylist’s reaction motivated her to take matters into her own hands.
“That anxiety, looking at them in the mirror not knowing what to do with my head, made me feel like, ‘I’m gonna take the reins on this,'” Smith said. “I basically did my own hair for that really high fashion shoot. That should never be happening.”
Willow recalled another instance at a high fashion shoot where she encountered professionals who didn’t know what to do when faced styling a Black person’s hair
“Even at another high fashion shoot for a completely different thing, I was in the room and they straight-up said, ‘Is her hair just a little too difficult to do that specific thing?'” Smith said.
Watch the full episode of Red Table Talk here.