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Back2Basics: Stress and Hair Loss


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on the connection between stress and hair loss. Review the following strands of thought to understand why hair loss occurs and Read more

Never Have You Ever Used Yogurt on Your Hair?


Never have you ever used yogurt on your hair? There are a few strands of thought on this popular dairy product. Natural yogurt is full of protein and, according to stylecraze.com, it is a common natural hair care ingredient Read more

Hair Diversity in the U.S. Navy


In this Transformation Day post, we salute the U.S. Navy, which finally updated its grooming standards, allowing servicewomen more flexibility in hairstyles. The policy shift has been a long time coming, and it's not perfect, but it's a start Read more

KS News Desk: Hair Products and Toxic Chemicals


From the Karline's Salon news desk, there's a ticker tape of articles on toxic chemicals found in many popular hair products. A cautionary and true study of what you put on your hair may be harmful to your health. Read more

Hair Story: Maya Rudolph


Maya Rudolph is one heck of an actor and comedian. Remember her "on-point" SNL impersonation of Donatella Versace, hilarious bridal salon scene in Bridesmaids, or tender moments in Away We Go? But beyond the screen, Maya, the daughter of Read more

Hair Flick Pick: ‘Nappily Ever After’ On Netflix


The "mane (main) attraction" that has everyone talking right now is the Netflix comedy-drama, Nappily Ever After. It's our pick for a hair flick for two reasons. One, it stars actor Sanaa Lathan of The Best Man, Love and Read more

Hair Trend Weigh In: Autumn-Inspired Color


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Back2Basics: What's Your Hair Type?


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on hair type. Review the following strands of thought to understand your type of hair. Hairstylist Andre Walker is responsible for the Read more

Never Have You Ever Tried a Mayonnaise Hair Mask?


  Never have you ever tried a mayonnaise hair mask? There are a few strands of thought on this do-it-yourself mixture for hair moisture, frizz reduction, strength, growth, and yikes, lice treatment. A mayonnaise hair mask is touted as an alternative Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Orange You Obsessed with this Nicki Minaj Hair Color


In this edition of the beYOUtiful Life, let's look at one of the hair colors Nicki Minaj rocked to usher in the start of a new season. We just have to ask, orange you obsessed?  We confess this color 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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