In March 2017, Gabrielle Union launched her own haircare line called Flawless.
The concept? To provide quality products that would allow women with textured hair “to have great hair days.” The move was a long time coming for Union, who opened up to her Instagram followers that year about coming to terms with her own natural hair. “Around 25 years old, I stopped using relaxers and slowly grew my natural hair out,” she revealed. “It’s been a helluva hair journey.”
Chatting with WWD in 2017, Union elaborated on the pressure to style her hair straight — often with unhealthy consequences. “I went through a phase where I would leave my relaxer on so long, thinking the longer I leave this relaxer on, the straighter it’s going to be,” she said. “Cut to lesions, like open wounds in my scalp, trying to chase something that was unrealistic, and eventually probably in my mid- to late-20s I decided to give up my relaxer, and I went natural.”
But Union is also adamant that everyone’s individual hair journey is “amazing, valid, worthwhile and beautiful, no matter what.” Well said, Gab. Well said. Check out Ms. Union on Flawless.
Stunning Sanaa Lathan isn’t afraid to try out new styles when it comes to her hair.
“I love weaves and wigs and all of that!” she gushed to Hype Hair in 2015. And, in 2017, she readily shaved her head in preparation for her role in the Netflix film Nappily Ever After. But in recent years, Lathan’s love for wearing her hair natural has sparked more buzz than any buzzcut.
“I’ve been wearing my hair natural a lot lately,” Lathan told Hype Hair. “For me, it’s all about changing it up. In terms of my real life, I’ll put it in cornrows and put some conditioner in it and then take it out and it’s really big and wild. I’ve been loving that lately.”
In 2018, Lathan really seemed to embrace her short, tight natural curls — showing off the look while listening to Ella Fitzgerald at home, relaxing with her cousins on Easter, and vacationing in Mexico.
The Empire actress is essentially on top of the world, and rightly so. She’s a relentless advocate for women, and that includes encouraging them not to cave to societal pressure when it comes to straightening hair.
“We have shame when it comes to our hair. What we’ve been told, ‘You hair is nappy.’ It’s not nappy, it’s curly. That’s a curl, that’s a coil. That’ energy leading up,” she explained during an interview with HuffPost. With this in mind, Henson — who’d been wearing her natural hair under wigs and weaves or straightening it for years — made 2017 a turning point by chopping her hair off and wearing it naturally more often.
She hopes that in doing so, girls will see their natural hair for what it is. “It is a crown that God gave you,” she told HuffPost. “Our hair defies gravity without any products. Do you know how powerful that is? That’s powerful.”