Last night, Gabrielle took to her Instagram account to share something else personal: her previous addiction to chemical relaxers and journey towards self-acceptance.
In this particular chapter, she reveals her need to fit in, writing "the best black girl was light skinned, with straight hair and light eyes."
Gabrielle felt so insecure about her appearance, she fed into Eurocentric beauty standards and frequently got perms. "I would withstand any temporary pain to finally be pretty," she writes.
This isn't the first time she's spoken about her hair. She previously told Glamour:
"It’s been over 20 years of my hair being used and abused, first by myself, then by those who didn’t know what they were doing. But I’ve finally gotten to a place of self-acceptance and recognizing that my natural hair is beautiful — and so is whatever weave I may wear."
We are happy Gabrielle is finally embracing the natural beauty that she is.
Admittedly, she shares memories about the "chemicals searing her scalp." After repeated relaxers Gabrielle shares it "literally left lesions in my scalp because I wanted straight good hair."
Years later, she made the decision to transition to her natural hair — and came up with the idea of developing her own line. Flawless by Gabrielle Union. “As a woman with textured hair, the search to find a brand that meets all of my needs has been impossible. That's why I created Flawless," shares the entrepreneur.
For the past 10 years, Yusef has been dictating all of the beauty trends we emulate via his most famous client, none other than Rihanna. He started out his career as a performer, but he ended up behind the scenes. In Hairstory, he details his rise in the industry from aspiring singer to creative directing the hair for Fenty x Puma.