Celebrity hair pro Janel Smith knew at the age of 14 that styling hair was her calling and enrolled in beauty school to pursue her dream. Since then, she’s worked with plenty of stars including Regina Belle, John Legend, Dawn Richard and Bridget Kelly.
BIG BREAK: Smith began her career by doing editorial work for magazines, participating in hair shows and posting YouTube videos. “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,” Smith reveals. “From there, it just [spiraled] into other jobs.”
ALWAYS PREPARED: “They didn’t have Ray J’s barber on the set [of Oxygen’s Bad Girls: All-Star Battle reunion special] and being a set stylist sometimes you have to bring everything with you—you never know who may need a pair of clippers!” she dishes. “I had everything already in my kit so when his barber wasn’t on call, I humbly went over to Ray J. “He said ‘Are you sure you know how to cut?’ I said ‘Yes’ and at the end of the day, he loved it!”
GETTING CREATIVE: While Smith loves being a celebrity stylist, her favorite part of working with famous faces isn’t the glitz and glamour. “My favorite part is actually creating their ‘character,’” says Smith. “They tell me who their character is and I’m able to perceive what look would work with them.”
On the set of Oxygen’s Bad Girls: All-Star Battle reunion special with singer Ray J.