Gabrielle Union Recalls A Time When Her Hair Was Deemed 'Unprofessional'

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Actress Gabrielle Union attends the 2016 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Gabrielle Union Recalls A Time When Her Hair Was Deemed 'Unprofessional'

"You all really don't understand what are we talking about here?"

Published December 4, 2017

It's no secret that actress and author of We're Going To Need More WineGabrielle Union loves switching up her styles, whether she's rocking her own hair, extensions or even braids.

The Being Mary Jane star recently spoke to Byrdie about wanting to wear more natural styles on camera. However, her producers were looking for something more "beautiful, sophisticated and professional" as it related to her character. As you can imagine, that did not go over well with Gabrielle. 

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"I was like, 'Well, I want to wear braids,'" she recounted on her experience. "And they were like, 'Well, I mean, she’s beautiful, sophisticated and corporate America.' I responded, 'Yes, and specifically I want twists.' And they went on to say, 'We just really want her to look more polished.' I said, 'You all really don't understand what are we talking about here?'"

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"The idea that how you wear your hair somehow relates to your character, your intelligence, or your wokeness is bulls**t," she continued. "There's a larger conversation with people of color when it comes to our hair and our skin color. People will try to lighten our skin tones and alter our hair, which says a lot of about how we feel about ourselves versus how other people feel about our blackness and textured hair. We need to showcase the fullness of our beauty."

Coincidentally, Gabrielle is now at a place where she feels ready to do the same in real life. "I plan on [wearing my natural hair] more often, because I want to show... that as much as I wear weaves and extensions, I've been treating my own hair with as much care as possible," she once told Refinery29.

Rumor has it, her character Mary Jane will possibly (and finally) show her true texture during the series finale next month. And, thanks to her beauty line Flawless Hair, you can get care for your strands exactly like she does. 

Written by Brianna Allen

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