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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CHYNA on

I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT WILLOW WAS PUSHED INTO DOING THIS PROJECT I BELIEVE SHE LIKES AND ENJOYS IT AND IS HAVING FUN LEFT HER HAVE FUN AND STOP COMPARING HER TO STARS WHO HAD NO FAMILY BACKING THEM.

Sara on

I liked this song until I saw this video. It’s annoying to see a young Child trying to be Rhianna. She is 9, she does not need the attitude she portrays in this primarily all African American video. The Smith’s are raising very arrogant Children. Hopefully this video will stay on BET where it belongs. If this were a white 9 year old girl of celebrities,all the comments would be extremely different.

Pumpkin on

Sad. Just sad. She needs an education. Not a record deal. Just sad. What is more sad are the adults who make comments about “how cute”, “she wanted to do this”. Give me a break. She’s nine. She can not do any more than her parents allow. Shaking my head at Will and Ghetto Jada.

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aefs on

I think the video is really impressive & the song is catchy….& I’m 39 years old. I played it for my 6 year old yesterday & he liked it. It cracks me up how much she looks like her Dad…the facial expressions…too funny! It’s her life, so let her do w/ it as she sees fit. If it’s a mistake, it’s up to her & her parents to resolve eventually..not a bunch of strangers online.

JASMINE on

I AM HAPPY FOR WILLOW.. SHE IS YOUNG,BRIGHT, AND UNLIKE OTHER KIDS WHO HAS RICH PARENTS, SHE WANTS TO EARN HER OWN MONEY. SO GOOOOOO WILLOW, AND IM HAPPY TO SEE A FAMILY SO SUPPORTIVE OF ONE ANOTHER. ONLY THING SAD ABOUT THIS SITUATION IS THE IGNORAT SPECTATORS THAT HAVE SOMETHING NEGATIVE TO SAY. IF THIS DOESNT WORK FOR HER, OH WELL SHE TRIED…. AND THAT’S MORE THAN A LOT OF OTHERS ARE DOING..
*****SHE REMINDS ME OF RAVEN SIMONE WHEN SHE FIRST HAD A CD****
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WILLOW!!!!

Jennifer on

I do not see how by her enjoying her talents could be any more dangerous to her future than if she was just a child running around the street. Will and Jada seem to be very well grounded and I think it’s a shame we preach to children to explore their talents yet we criticize when one excels. I don’t see anything wrong with her outfits/hair. We let little girls play dress up as princesses…maybe this style is the new kind of princess.

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I was worried about the music video but once i saw it, i thought it was very appropriate for her age, and i dont even like that type of music but it was catchy.

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