A look at Samuel L. Jackson and his hair over the years

By EW Staff
Updated March 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Few actors are as versatile as Samuel L. Jackson — at least when it comes to hair. He revitalized Jheri curls in Pulp Fiction and is dread on in The Caveman’s Valentine. Top stylists critique his ‘dos (and don’ts).

Arie Kaplan

Pulp Fiction (1994) ”Ice Cube on a bad hair day,” says Carla Gentry, who styles Mary J. Blige. ”So West Coast!” Adds Gerard Dure: It’s ”the activator days.”

The Negotiator (1998) ”Howdy Doody?” asks Dure. Gerard Touroul, who tresses Sarah Jessica Parker, disagrees: ”The red hair is symbolic of rebelliousness.”

Shaft (2000) ”Sharp, slick,” asserts Touroul. ”Impeccable at all costs.” Gushes Dure, who works with Queen Latifah and Lil’ Kim: ”Bald and suave is timeless.”

Unbreakable (2000) ”The Gumby-Bobby Brown-Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat Special,” says Dure. Sinbad coiffeuse Josie Prochniak differs: ”A pompadour with style.”

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) ”Reminds me of when I leave vegetables in my refrigerator,” says Prochniak. ”There’s an earthy look to it,” notes Touroul.