Jada Pinkett Smith debuts new buzz cut inspired by daughter Willow ahead of 50th birthday: 'Time to let go'

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Why did Jada Pinkett shave her head?

Pinkett-Smith, who is 49 and turns 50 in September, wrote in a reply to her daughter's post that Willow made her shave her head “because it was time to let go”. “My 50's are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed,” she added. The IndependentJada Pinkett Smith reveals she has shaved her head because it was ‘time to let go’

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Jada Pinkett Smith is starting fresh.

The actress and "Red Table Talk" host, 49, displayed a new look to the world which she revealed was inspired by her own daughter, Willow Smith, 20, as Pinkett Smith approaches her half-century age in September.

"Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT … my 50’s are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed," the wife of Will Smith wrote Monday in an Instagram post that she re-shared from Willow’s page. The photo shows the mother-daughter pair each donning buzzed haircuts while hugging.

In Willow’s own social post, the musician and performer wrote a line about humanity conducting selfless acts without one's desire for reciprocity.

"A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return," the young orator wrote to her 8.4 million Instagram followers.

While Willow has often switched up her own looks from time to time, her mother has been outspoken about her own struggles with hair loss in the past.

In 2018, Pinkett Smith opened up about her "issues with hair loss" during a "Red Table Talk" episode.

"It was terrifying when it first started," she said, "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?'"

The "Bad Moms" actress explained the moment to be "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 added. "My hair has been a big part of me. Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual and having the choice to have hair or not. And then one day to be like, 'Oh my god, I might not have that choice anymore.'"

Ultimately, Pinkett Smith said she thought much less about her own struggles and more about others who have lost their hair to matters much worse than what she was dealing with.

"I really had to put it into a spiritual perspective, like the higher power takes so much from people," she explained at the time. "People are out here with cancer. People have sick children. I watch the higher power take things every day."

"Looking at it from that context "really did settle me," the "Girls Trip" star added.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Talks About Past Alcohol Abuse & the Dangers of Mommy Wine Culture

msnNOW 13 July, 2021 - 04:04am

Did you know that for the first time in history, women are drinking as much as men? That’s a tidbit that Jada Pinkett Smith shared on the latest broadcast of her Red Table Talk where she revealed her personal past with alcohol abuse, the increase in alcohol use in women (especially casual drinking since the pandemic started), and the negative effects of the ‘mommy wine’ culture that’s so prevalent in society today. It’s not just middle-aged men being admitted to hospitals with liver damage; now the number of women in their 40’s and 50’s who are suffering from illnesses related to alcohol consumption is growing — and even the number of young women in their 20’s and 30’s is skyrocketing, according to Dr. Jessica Melligner, a liver disease specialist at the University of Michigan.

Pinkett Smith sat down for her Red Table Talk broadcast with her co-hosts — mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris (a recovering addict) and daughter Willow Smith — and challenged viewers to answer the question: Are you drinking too much? She shared that her substance abuse started as a hard liquor drinker from an early age growing up in Baltimore. “I was a brown liquor drinker vodka, like I was a hard liquor drinker,” she said. “I could drink almost anyone under the table.” Pinkett Smith says she moved from drinking hard liquor to drinking red wine because it’s said to be a ‘healthier’ choice. “They say red wine is ‘good for you,’ but drinking red wine for me was like, drinking glasses of water. I’m like, where’s the next? Because I’m used to that hard hit.”

When she got to the point that she became resistant to the alcohol buzz, the actress and businesswoman started introducing marijuana and ecstasy into the mix.

“I was drinking hard in high school, too, and when I got out here I was doing cocktails. So, ecstasy, alcohol, weed. Let me tell you, I was having myself a little ball,” she revealed. She continued, explaining that “your threshold becomes so high” that the cocktail was the only thing that would “keep the high going.”

Unfortunately, quitting this dangerous cycle doesn’t come as easily for everyone as it did for Pinkett Smith, who says she quit cold turkey. “Once I was going for that third bottle of wine, I was cold turkey ever since.”

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Although those glasses at the store that say “Wine is cheaper than therapy” are cute, the glamorization of alcohol and heavy drinking is causing people — and moms — their lives. In addition to a school teacher and a corporate attorney who discussed their struggles with alcohol addiction, another guest at the table was Annie Grace, a mother of three who was a rising star in the marketing world until happy hour turned into two bottles of wine per night. Grace, a recovering alcoholic, created This Naked Mind to help others get “back in control by removing your desire to drink using science and helping you change your subconscious beliefs.”

Red Table Talk is always enlightening, but this episode serves as a great reminder to examine your own alcohol consumption habits. Having a social glass of wine here and there is one thing, but when you’re using alcohol to get you through the day, please take a moment to pause and get some help.

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