Larry Sims

The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2019 BET Awards


The 2019 BET Awards celebration was one for the record books, and when it comes to hair, we must say, "they came to slay." Here are a few hair notes and observations. Lizzo Lizzo's natural hair is the "Glow-up!" If you Read more

Hair Flick Pick: On Her Own Ground


The "mane (main) attraction" that has everyone talking right now is the much-anticipated Netflix flick, "On Her Own Ground," based on the life of Madam C.J. Walker. Octavia Spencer, the Academy Award-winning actor, will star as the trailblazing Madam Read more

Hair Story: Dads, Daughters, & a Whole Lotta Love


This hair story is about Hair Love, an animated short film and picture book by Matthew A. Cherry with illustrations by Vashti Harrison. Hair Love is a celebration of dads, daughters, love, and natural hair. Cherry, a former NFL Read more

Hair Chat: Repair and Protect Hair Treatments


Let's have a hair chat about two treatments that are changing the game for hair repair and protection. Olaplex is a professional treatment designed to strengthen hair damaged by excessive bleach, perms, relaxers, and/or heat styling. It restores compromised hair Read more

What if Your Hair Hates Humidity?


Let's have a hairversation about humidity and what to do on those days when our curls droop, shrink, or  frizz. The following excerpts, originally published by Reader's Digest, may provide a few solutions. As you can guess, the water in Read more

Hair Gear Review: The Microfiber Towel


In between salon visits, if you wash your hair at home, you may want to ditch the t-shirt and consider stocking up on a few microfiber towels to dry your hair. Two divas describe why they made the switch Read more

Sweet as Honey Balayage


  Let's have a hairversation about balayage and one of our favorite shades, honey balayage.  It's sweet, warm, glowing, and gorgeous. Don't confuse balayage, a seamless blend, with ombre, a clear fade line between colors. Elle Magazine describes balayage as the Read more

Back 2 Basics: Tea Tree for Healthy Hair


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics.  Whatever your hair type and texture, Karline's Salon gives an A+ to the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Collection, shampoos, conditioners, and nourishing oils for healthy Read more

Women's History Month 2019: Hometown Heroes


There is no better way to celebrate Women's History Month 2019 than to shine the spotlight on some of our fantastic clients. The women on this year's list is by no means complete and we look forward to featuring Read more

Hair Trend Weigh In: Unicorn Rainbow Hair


Two years ago, what we thought was a passing whimsical fad, is now a full-blown color trend: Unicorn Rainbow Hair. We're way beyond the My Little Pony obsession and deeply rooted in the power of multicolor hair expression. In What's Read more

Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union’s Beautiful Natural Haircut

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Gabrielle Union’s latest natural haircut is perfection. If you have ever feared the big chop or switching it up, worry no more. This hair transformation empowers and gives us life! Refinery29 went behind the chair with Gabrielle’s stylist for a perspective on the process.

 

Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union\'s Beautiful Natural Hair Cut

Photo: Courtesy of Larry Sims

Most people experience a range of emotions before a big haircut: apprehension, excitement, and maybe even a little bit of regret. Gabrielle Union is not one of those people. “She asked me if I was nervous!” Larry Sims, her longtime hairstylist, tells Refinery29. (For the record, he wasn’t.)

Though the actress and author surprised us with her new haircut — a flippy, layered bob — in the wee hours of the night yesterday, it’s a style that she’d been wanting to do for quite some time. “Recently , Gabrielle was a little under the weather and is just coming out of it now. She said, ‘I want to feel new and fresh and do something we’ve never done before,'” Sims recalls. “And she wanted to go short on her actual natural hair.”

Now, of course, Union has had short hair before… but those were only wigs and weaves. To cut your actual hair is a little different, so Sims warned his friend and client very candidly. “Slapping on a wig isn’t the same,” he says. “A real cut requires maintenance and upkeep.”

Union wasn’t swayed: She had already been thinking of the change and came prepared with reference photos. One in particular was of Linda Evangelista, along with several shots of really good razor cuts done in Japan. With that imagery in mind, the stylist used an assortment of products from the Flawless by Gabrielle Union line, including a cocktail of the Hair Repair Masque, and Oil Treatment before her blowout. If you’re wondering why Sims straightened Union’s shoulder-length natural curls before the cut, he’s got a great reason. “When you wear your hair in its natural state, a curl-by-curl chop is better. But for me, I straighten it for a precision cut,” he explains.

As for the actual process, Union was as chill as can be. And with each snip, she grew comfortable with her new look. “We didn’t go super super short,” Sims says. “It is a chop — like three inches — and she’s never had her hair hug the back of her neck, done with the razors. Even with that, she didn’t freak out. At all.” Union’s zen way of thinking is how Sims suggests everyone should be when it comes to switching things up. “It’s just hair!” he says. “And the summer is the perfect time for a haircut like this. You don’t have to worry about wearing a hot wig on your head.”

 


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