By the time star stylist Janel Smith was 18 years old, she was a high school graduate and a licensed cosmetologist. Here, the dedicated hair diva—who has worked with stars like Regina Belle, Cheri Dennis and Bridget Kelly (just to name a few celeb clients) gives us a peek into her world…
ON HER FIRST FAMOUS CLIENT: “I started getting calls to work on set for fashion stylists and the first celebrity I started working with was 50 Cent for a music video. From there, it just spiraled into other jobs.”
ON BEING PREPARED: “They didn’t have Ray J’s barber on the set [of Oxygen’s Bad Girls: All-Star Battle reunion special]. I had everything already in my kit so when his barber wasn’t on call, I humbly went over to him. He said, ‘Are you sure you know how to cut?’ I said ‘Yes’ and at the end of the day, he loved it!”
ON WORKING WITH STARS: “My favorite part is actually creating their ‘character.’ They tell me who their character is and I’m able to perceive what look would work with them.”
Smith worked her mane magic on Dawn Richard of Dirty Money.