Willow Smith's Over-the-Top Hairstyles from 'Whip My Hair' Explained!

10/21/2010 at 12:30 PM ET

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Willow Smith is attracting as much attention for her over-the-top style as for her catchy pop hook for “Whip My Hair” — but are either as buzz-worthy as her amazing hairstyles in the video? We went straight to the source, hairstylist Marcia Hamilton, who called creating the looks for the video “an absolute blast. These looks were a collaborative effort between Willow, Jada, Fawn Boardley and myself.” One of the video’s show-stoppers is Willow’s heart-shaped fauxhawk, which was challenging to create as one might think! “Creating the ‘Heart Hawk’ was a bit of a challenge, but after tons of individual braids and many sticks of glue, I did it,” Marcia explains. And as for the pink-topped style for one of the video’s killer dance sequences, Marcia tells PEOPLE, “‘Cotton Candy Dream’ was fantastic. These were done also with pieces that I hand colored. We loved the idea of a soft frothy pallet for this structured silhouette. I graduated the tones from rich and intense at the roots to soft pastels at the ends.” So was all the hard work worth it? Absolutely, according to Marcia, who gushes, “I really enjoyed every step of the creative process and was thrilled to see it all come to life on Willow!” Tell us: What’s your favorite look from “Whip My Hair”? –Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

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Ann Weaver on

The song and music video are great, but there is something about this project–given her very young age–that does not sit right with my spirit. I work in the entertainment field and the music business is known to chew people up and spit them out, hence all the drug use, hedonism and early deaths that plague film and [especially] the music industry. I hope and pray that it doesn’t ruin her. Her parents should wait until she is older.

Kourtnee B. on

All of these negative comments that people have are part of the reason why celebs are still successful. Haters make the work even better for those who do it and enjoy it. I mean can you really get mad at someone for doing what THEY WANT to do and LOVE? She is expressing herself and sharing it with others because she hopes to inspire them in some way with her talent. I don’t see why haters waste their breath saying negative things because it gets them nothing in return, so fall back because Willow is doing her thing and can not be stopped at the moment. :D
And kudos to her parents for allowing her and her brother to do what they feel comfortable with in terms of their prospective futures.

Pandora on

I think it great to see one so young go after her dream, u go willow Smith follow ur head and heart

t on

love the video go willow

molly on

I Dont see them throwing Willow in the spotlight, She has wanted to do this since she could speak. and she is not being forced to do things, and by the time your 15 its almost too last in the game for the pop style of music. They have the money, and resources why not.The whole family on Oprah all support the kids not push. Will’s oldest son wants nothing to do with the business and they all have respected that fine. No issue there

Ann Weaver on

Oh my gosh, all of you who call those who express concern about the mental well being of a CHILD in a deeply immoral field “haters” clearly lack intellectual depth and worst of all moral clarity. We are not expressing “hate” as you say, but genuine concern for a child thrust in an adult situation exhibiting behavior that is far beyond her years. For many of us, it is like watching those child beauty pageants where little girls are painted in makeup and made to look like women. It looks and feels slightly perverse. Moreover, there is such a thing called age appropriate behavior and perhaps if you had a little wisdom you might see that.


I love that they let her express herself with her hair. It’s just hair….it’s not the end of the world or her.

sharyn on

pretty pathetic if you ask me…poor kid. She (they) have so much money and yet so bored to come to this…btw-willow your cute…but your not all that!

sinthia on

as a fan of will and jada i have to say im “team willow” i think shes adorable now jaden im not to crazy about he seems a little narcissistic to me. but willow seems very humble and appreciative of her fans….go willow!!!!

Sheila on

Yeah her parents oversee everything she does??/ Well a PIMP oversees all his money makers too! The song is highly suggestive in a sexual way and the attitude and suggestive innuendo she puts out is asking for trouble. I asked a few boys what they thought of the video…they all made crude remarks, etc…yeah I’d make her whip her hair back and forth as I take her from behind…now is that what her parents want to get started since they’r so concerned about their kids well being and dreams??? She will be another Rhianna getting her butt kicked by a Chris Brown down the road or a washed up Britney spears. If the Smiths want their kids to follow their dreams they need to wait for the appropiate age and time and let them ‘sleep’ on the dreams for a few more years first. The kid looks like a two dollar hooker on martin luther king boulevard.

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