When it comes to sharing with her followers, Jada Pinkett Smith has never been one to hold back. And only four days before the 2022 Academy Awards, where her husband, Will, assaulted comedian Chris Rock for a joke about Jada’s bald head, the actress uploaded a TikTok video titled “Storytime with Jada: Hair in Hollywood,” in which she discussed her hair loss.
Pinkett Smith remarked about her “hair regrets”, especially when she had to photograph a magazine cover. She also spoke about her feelings toward those who may or may not have an opinion on “this bald head of mine.”
Pinkett Smith, 50, suffers from alopecia and has been open about her hair loss. She debuted a shaven head last summer.
“✨Crown Act✨ Be proud of your crown❣️ #iamnotmyhair #hairjourney,” the actress said.
“Being a Black woman and dealing with hair in Hollywood, in the era I came up in, having your hair look as European as possible was always the thing, and that was really challenging, you know, because I liked my hair out wild and curly, but nobody wanted that,” Pinkett Smith states.
“I had to do my hair in ways that didn’t feel natural to me because I was trying to play the game,” Jada revealed, noting that Hollywood executives wanted her hair “straight and flowy.” “That’s not really what my hair likes to do,” she explains, adding that she ultimately managed to have the guts to tell people, “Nah, I’m not doing that.”
Jada explained that she now feels free because of the confidence she earned years ago by saying “no.”
“I don’t give two craps what people think about this bald head of mine, because guess what? I love it.”
The video, which has 6.4 million views as of this writing, is gaining traction following the 2022 Oscars, when a joke about Pinkett Smith’s hair by Chris Rock spurred her husband Will Smith to come on stage and smack Rock.
“Sooooo, did Will not know Jada didn’t care what anyone thought of her shaved head?? I am confused,” one observer wondered.
Will Smith said the joke was “too much for me to bear.”
Pinkett Smith has been vocal about her hair loss due to alopecia in recent years.
In 2018, the mother of two shared her story on an episode of her show Red Table Talk. “It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh my god, am I going bald?’ It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That’s why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it.”
She remarked in an Instagram video in December 2021, “Now at this point, I can only laugh,” as she dragged her finger across a bald line area on her head. “Y’all know I’ve been struggling with alopecia and just all of a sudden one day, look at this line right here. Look at that.”
She went on to say, “So it just showed up like that and this is going to be a little bit more difficult for me to hide. So I thought I’d just share it so y’all are not asking any questions.”
Chris Rock’s joke on the actress’ looks (“Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it”) went viral on Sunday. Will Smith rushing on stage and slapping the comic led to a surprising incident that many viewers sought to interpret as a husband merely attempting to defend his wife.
Will seemed to chuckle at the joke at first, but then came onto the stage and administered a slap that surprised the comedian and sent shockwaves across the world.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth,” Smith, 53, said from his Dolby Theatre seat as the astonished audience fell silent.