Will and Jaden Smith

It took Jaden Smith years to grow his signature blond tipped dreadlocks. But it took his father, A-list actor Will Smith, only a few seconds to chop the locs off. It was kind of Jaden to give his dad the honor of chopping off his beloved dreadlocks.

The 18-year-old actor cut his hair off in preparation for a role in a new romantic drama titled Life in a Year.

In the movie, Jaden plays a teenager who discovers his girlfriend only has a year to live. The girlfriend is played by openly lesbian supermodel Cara Delevingne.

Empire star Terrence Howard plays Jaden's no-nonsense father in the movie. Actress Nia Long, who recently teamed up with Howard in Empire, plays Jaden's mother.

Wu-Tang Clan star RZA plays an "intimidating local music producer who becomes an unlikely mentor" to 17-year-old Daryn, reports Deadline.com.

The elder Smith seemed to take morbid pleasure in cutting off his son's locs.

Smith, 48, playfully held up a bundle of his son's sheared hair in a video uploaded to Jaden's Facebook page on Tuesday, April 11.

Will and Jaden Smith

Dreadlocks were originated by Rastafarians in the Caribbean as an expression of their strong religious faith. Thick strands of matted hair are formed by not combing or brushing the hair for months or years. The hair is maintained by washing and conditioning usually twice a month.

Americans adopted dreadlocks in the 1980s as a symbol of ethnic pride, a political statement, or a trendy fad.

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  • Mel

    Good cus that pot scrub he had on his head was tragic.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!

  • stav

    Now maybe he can sell those to Fetty Wap to extend his current extensions.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Since when does A-listers shows a transformation BEFORE a project is done & ready for the big screen??

    It is will either b a B list MTV summer DVD movie or Hollywood pressure to look "decent".... Whenever I see him with his dad it reminds me of the multiple time he forced Jaden to kiss him on the lips on live tv...

  • KcoolMuziq

    The Smith family is royalty among Hollywood. I have nothing but admiration for each and every one of them.

  • JENNYJONES1

    HE ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE HE TOOK THEM AND SCRUBBED HIMSELF B/C HE ACTUALLY LOOKS CLEAN FOR ONCE, ABOUT TIME. ANYTHING FOR THOSE COINS I GUESS.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • n1kk1a

    Morbid pleasure? It's just hair! Lol

  • Mel

    Yes he looks very relaxed and refreshed now lmao. Where u been Jenny I haven't seen your name on here in a while but again I haven't been on here in a while ?

  • Renee26

    In the movie, Jaden plays a teenager who discovers his girlfriend only has a year to live
    This story line has been done a few times before...I can't believe he cut his locs off for a Z-list movie SMH

  • Phillybruh
  • Renee26

    Jaden isn't the A-list actor lol

  • zawnn

    Wdrv

  • Di Ana

    Who's going to see this movie? Not I... even when it goes to DVD.

  • Blak

    Dreads did not originate in the Caribbean by rastas, it came from Ethiopia and was popularized by Jamaicans. Jaden looks dirty and I bet his dreads were contaminated with dirt and disease. His absentee father did him a favor

  • Tiffany Miller

    I am SO GLAD he cut them lil thangs off..He was lookin like one of those cartoon characters from 'Doug'

  • Genia

    HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Americans adopted dreadlocks in the 1980s as a symbol of ethnic pride, a political statement, or a trendy fad.

    YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • tintin

    good, it needed to go.

  • Rayne

    He's always been a cutie tho.

  • MissyJ

    Chile cheese we saw Renee Zellweiger fat as hail for Bridget Jones Diary pre production

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Why are you so pessimistic when it comes to black people?
    Yeah, Will and Jada gave those kids too much freedom (in our opinion), but Dayum they are there, keeping them out of trouble and for a man who was raised without a father, Will has been a present dad and provider.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    I mean!! Jeez!!

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Only issue I had with his locs (and some other people's) is they don't care for them properly and wind up having them look Dreadful.

    If you are not going to take care of the styling- don't bother getting it.

  • GuestSTAR

    And sometimes they stink to high heaven.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    When they aren't caring for them properly..YES!!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Will looked super happy to chop off those locs lol

  • Libra80sBaby

    Thank you movie role for coming thru for us. Cause that head was a whole damn mess.

  • Yoni7

    She was on If Loving You Is Wrong last night.

  • Cricket404

    I suspect that Will made some calls to get this man child a job being that he is unemployed and still getting an allowance. Will cut off those braids because baby boy is about to be independent.

  • stav

    Jaden made a killing on the Karate Kid remake, modeled for Chanel, and has done several other films. His account is not hurting, and I'm sure is in the low 7 figures.

  • NegraGata

    OPEN POST QUESTION: How did Karrueche Tran become a celebrity??? You know that come-up from doing a "real" celebrity is asf...what talent does she have that keeps her in the news and doing "celebrity type" gigs???

    I'm asking because she was on Hip Hop Squares, and I've seen articles about her around social media and the internet...JUST WHY is all I want to know!!!???

  • KcoolMuziq

    Will WAS NOT raised without a father. His beautiful talented wife Jada was. Will had both of his parents in his life. Until his father passed just a few short months ago.

    But I approve everything else U said,

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Hopped up and down on the right penus for a number of years and then became the face of domestic abuse and stalking....in short Chris Brown's long-suffering ex.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    I don't need your approval, but thank you for the correction.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Jaden's first two movies was number one at the box office. A rarity for a young black actor in Hollywood. He is still considered A list and can pick and chose any project he wants.

  • JV

    I mean.. that's all nepotism. I know that's very prevalent in Hollywood, but personally I don't see anything Jaden brings to the table. He's no Carrie Fisher. After Earth may have been one of the worst five movies I've ever seen -- I think I'd rather watch Battlefield Earth with John Travolta than watch that again.

    Will Smith may get him in some movies, but there's a limit. I hope there's a limit anyway.

  • NegraGata

    I knew she started from Chris Brown, but how is she STILL relevant, and any other of those "I slept with a celebrity" type people...How in the hell do they get a following??? I'm so baffled ??????

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    That is the way of the world now...folks get famous for who they screw and then we are stuck with them.

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    DREADful. I see what you did there ?

  • Guest who

    It's nice they're working together such memories for them but their movies are not good IMO

  • Yoni7

    He's doing the Get Down series on Netflix as well.

  • bemetoo

    Jaden looks like this dude name sonny who cuts hair in 79th USA flea market in Miami.. He is Dominican and drives a black 2016 maxima ? is big and his lips are sexy he is a very sexy black Latino I want to FwAk him

  • Dee
  • bemetoo

    Lol for real you should see his sexy slim ass he has a coworker name king who I would also like to fawk

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    What?

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    She won an Emmy ?? that is the word in the streets .

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I don't like Baby wipes et also it's a no for me .

  • Renee26

    Wasn't his father in those too (I know at least the first one)....just because he stared in a movie that did exceptionally well doesn't bump him to the A-List category. I doubt he can demand the same amount of money per film as A-List actors

  • 2brefrank

    Good for Jaden, because them things looked itchy to me.

    So happy for him and the new role. Someone needed to get him out of weirdness for a while. can't wait to see the Flick!...On Netfix....just kidding!

  • jussaying

    lmao.. jaden looks like his soul left him afterward. aww. will is so goofy.

  • jussaying

    well, i know she is signed to wilhemia models probably their commercial side as she's done some modeling [actual modeling], she released her own make-up line through colourpop, and through her agent has secured movie roles. however she came up, i'm not mad. she could have rolled over or popped out a bb, but she learned how to parlay that fugged up relationship into funding her own career. and avoided a reality show in the process, good for her.

  • Yardgirl

    I ask myself the same thing!! People like SR call her a "socialite", her image gets posted on all type of social media ad neasuem and viola a celebrity is born!! (vomit) She "may" be a lovely person IRL however she is just famous for being infamous.

  • Yardgirl

    Without the locks he looks a lot like Will, IMO

  • ???TheRider???

    You beat me posting the same thing!

  • Yardgirl

    Great minds lol??

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Why does Will Smith and Jaden comment represents ALL BLACK MEN & Their sons? Are you having Sandra shady day?

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Was she A list before that movie??

    At least she was on the set and it was locked down

  • den

    Really, " years to grow" .....No,no,these are Extensions. Not real dreds.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Hahaha. That's a first

  • hottlanta

    I hope this starts a trend because a lot of dreads that I see are dreadful.

  • dontgetblocked

    I will not be seeing this movie. I can't stand Jaden.

  • Lisa daniels

    Will not aging well

  • interestingconcept1

    Those dreads were fake! Ha. I can't . And Will..hmmm is he aging badly? I can't tell?

  • SpeaksTruth

    The thing about locs, if you over twist the hair and twist it often you can suffer from traction Alopecia.

  • Queen B

    I know he irks me too lol

  • Queen B

    Aawww he looks so cute with that fade!!! This is the Jaden I miss

  • Tea??

    Sounds like another movie coming out with that Amandla girl. Also sounds like a flop. I'll catch it on Netflix

  • Oya Shango

    He looks better without them. Now, he needs to get a decent education. The dude is about as dumb and shallow as a box of rocks.

  • jussaying

    it's probably based on a YA fiction novel. ever since John Green's book the fault in our stars got turned into a box office hit, they've been releasing all the non-fantasy fiction YA books. there was papertowns which actually starred cara; me earl and the dying girl, and a few others. this is likely an indie film to boost his parlay into mor mainstream projects like zoe kravitz did

  • Kayke

    Styling? You're talking about the trend ones, obviously. What rasta's call "salon dreads".... the kind that make yte people comfortable. Carry-on.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Locs are a hairstyle, whether you call it that or not.
    Rasta's wear theirs one way, other cultures wear theirs another way....but it is still styled hair.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Plenty of people don't take the time to research them to know when to get them re-twisted and how to care for them in between maintenance.
    And plenty of people get locs that are not in line with the natural texture.
    When I loc'ed my mom, brother and exes hair, I had to use different loc'ing techniques for each head.

  • Kayke

    wrong. Real locs are the complete opppsite of styled hair. It is neglected in terms of styling.

  • AllAroundTheWorldSameSong

    Girl...I will not be arguing with you about this!! NOT today or any other day. It is still a style of hair...unless you just leave your hair dirty and mangled and let it get tangled until it locks.....which is NOT what most people who wear/wore them did. Their hair was INTENTIONALLY styled that way, with a purpose.

  • JENNYJONES1

    I'VE BEEN HERE, IT'S YOU THAT'S BEEN M.I.A. LOL!!!.........JENNY JONES!!!