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Traveling the World with Will & Jada Smith

Melissa Hill | July 10, 2011 | 10:36 PM

This summer, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and their kids, Jaden and Willow, traveled the world for Karate Kid premieres and red carpets in eight different cities. Lucky celeb hairstylist, Marcia Hamilton, went along with them, creating fresh, edgy styles for Jada and Willow at each event. She kept a diary of her summer travels and shared it with us, showing five of the different looks and what made them memorable.

Traveling the World with Will & Jada Smith
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Los Angeles
Inspiration: The inspiration behind the Los Angeles premiere came straight from the fashion runways, which are showing a lot beautiful braids.
Jada Pinkett-Smith: "I created a neat, large braid that laid across her head like a crown with a low chignon at the center back of the nape," says Hamilton. "This look was very simple to create. I blew the hair dry with an Ed Hardy Professional Blow Dryer using the infamous Vintage Collage Edition. I then sectioned the hair horizontally behind the ear and braided the front braid with a light wax like Purity Design's Pure Modelling Wax, securing the braid in place with a few bobby pins. The chignon was also braided then twirled down and held in place by a bobby pin."
Willow: "Her leopard-print attire as well as her personality created the inspiration behind her red carpet look. We decided the best way to compliment her fashion statement was to create a Mohawk in its natural texture that would be fierce and totally on the edge. To give it the delicate sweetheart flair, I pulled the hair off her face and pinned it back into a soft roll. For hold, I used J Beverly Hills Hold Me Spray and Purity Design's Pure Modelling Wax to maintain the spikes in the back."

Traveling the World with Will & Jada Smith
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Inspiration: For Jada, modern-day Betty Page goes Euro.
Jada Pinkett-Smith: "For this look, I created her 'Euro Bang.' I began by shaping a clean fringe directly above her eyes to create drama. This is always a great way to frame your clients face while drawing attention to their amazing features. The dress for the London premiere was a one shoulder covered with shimmery circular tiles, very mod and feminine. I kept the hair very simple and sleek in a low, side swept ponytail. I flat-ironed the hair and fringe with the Ed Hardy Vintage Collage Professional Flat Iron and finished with Purity Design's Pure Water Drops. A smooth sleek fringe is critical to achieve the dramatic effect you are looking to achieve."
Willow: "This look was total 'Camden Town Girl.' After blowing her hair straight, I flat ironed it with a bit of Purity Design's Pure Definition Hair Spray for hold and shine. For the textured look on the ends, I pinched the hair with a wax."

 Traveling the World with Will & Jada Smith
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Inspiration: "The 90-degree plus temperatures and humidity are no best friend for hairstyles, so I created these looks to withstand the heat for this premiere."
Jada Pinkett-Smith: "My red carpet look for Jada was clean with a dash of spice. I styled her fringe very sleek and smooth with a little extra Purity Design's Pure Definition Hair Spray. Next, I pulled the pony tail high and tight then added toddle waves for some texture."
Willow: "We opted for a cool, off-the-face look by braiding three mini cornrows in the front of her head and securing them with hot pink pony tail holders, leaving the rest of her hair out and smooth."

Traveling the World with Will & Jada Smith
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Inspiration: "Paris, the city of fashion, was my true inspiration—chic and sophisticated."
Jada Pinkett-Smith: "I created a retro bouffant to display the elegance and sophistication only Paris can provide. To begin, I left her fringe smooth but with a little body. To create height in the crown area, I teased it then smoothed the surface. Next, I gently brushed the hair back with a Mason Pearson Brush. All the hair remaining at the bottom was pinched, twisted and tucked then secured with bobby pins."
Willow: "I went a bit high fashion and sleeked her Mohawk back into a very Linda Evangelista look."

Traveling the World with Will & Jada Smith
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Inspiration: "Finally for the Tokyo premiere, my inspiration was to go a bit wild. I was really inspired by the Harujuku kids and their use of color."
Jada Pinkett-Smith: "For dramatic contrast, I added dark brown and platinum blonde extensions and chopped it into a deep asymmetric bob. The contrast was amazing and the choppiness of the cut really accentuated the blonde."
Willow: "This was my time to have some fun so Willow and I agreed to play with some temporary color. I used my flat iron and a little White Sands Infinity Hair Spray to flip her hair out, showing more layers. For color, I sprayed the ends of the hair with Temporary Highlight Spray Color in Neon Purple, it was just sheer fabulosity! I really had a blast creating gorgeous hair around the world and I can't wait to see what my next job has in store for me."

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