Over the week­end Gabrielle Union post­ed a flash­back pho­to of her­self on the red car­pet for the Sep­tem­ber 2016 LA pre­miere of Birth of a Nation, rock­ing her nat­u­ral hair in a stun­ning, intri­cate updo. The­se kinds of updos can be dif­fi­cult to achieve with nat­u­ral hair due to the vol­ume need­ed to per­fect the look.

Pho­to: Instagram.com/GabUnion

Here is the look from a few more angles.

I’d seen Gab­by rock this look but didn’t know it was cre­at­ed with just her nat­u­ral hair. It makes me won­der how many oth­er times we’ve seen ‘nat­u­ral Gabrielle’ on the red car­pet, and didn’t know it. 

She then explained that she stopped using relax­ers at 25 and slow­ly grew her nat­u­ral hair out. 

When you take care of your own nat­u­ral hair when you wear wigs, weaves and exten­sions… Around 25 years old, I stopped using relax­ers and slow­ly grew my nat­u­ral hair out. It’s been a hel­lu­va hair jour­ney. We are all on a hair jour­ney. I cre­at­ed #Flaw­less for all of us on this jour­ney of hav­ing healthy, nour­ished and nur­tured hair. This is for those curi­ous about my nat­u­ral hair and need­ed proof it actu­al­ly exist­ed

Pho­to: Instagram.com/GabUnion

Grant­ed she is shar­ing this to push her new hair line (black celebri­ty hair lines seem to be trend­ing) but this is still pret­ty cool.

What do you think of Gabrielle’s updo?

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29 Comments on "[Pics] Gabrielle Union Stealth Rocked An All Natural Hair Updo on The Red Carpet"

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Shannan Baker

uggg any­thing to stay in the spot­light. Some celebri­ties act like when they­do some­thing it’s so ground­break­ing. Why didn’t she say any­thing at 25
about rock­ing nat­u­ral hair? Because it wasn’t pop­u­lar then that’s why!

Toyabg

I think it’s piti­ful that some black wom­en where wait­ing until it was pop­u­lar to wear the hair that grows out of your head

TWA4now

Wow! She ROCKED IT! #black­girl­mag­ic

Icee

Is stealth her last name?????

Black Girl With Long Hair

No, I meant ‘stealth’ as in ‘with­out any­body know­ing’

Priscilla Holmes

Nice!

Gina spence

As a licensed cos­me­tol­o­gist of 25 years expe­ri­ence and a nat­u­ral hair wear­er of over 20 years it is indeed my plea­sure to assist and edu­cate wom­en who want to wear their hair nat­u­ral .

lungiswa

Hi there,

I am from south africa, cape town. I have had my nat­u­ral hair for about 12 years now and I have not been retain­ing length. I have been super embarassed to tell any­one how long I ahve been grow my haor nat­u­ral­ly because it does­nt look like it. Cur­rent­ly my hair break­age is scary! My breaks with just the wind blow­ing on it(tad bit exag­ger­at­ed but still its bad) tried Mizani prod­ucts but it has just got­ten worse.

Hannah

Hey Lungi! Fel­low Cape Town girl here! I’ve found what helps is to keep your hair mois­turised with water, then seal in mois­ture with a cream or a but­ter like shea but­ter. Also pro­tec­tive styling. It also helps to eat well — lots of veg­gies and pro­tein and water-and take your vit­a­mins. Check out what prod­ucts are avail­able at clicks and dis­chem. And well done one being 12 years nat­u­ral — noth­ing to be embar­rassed about, it’s a jour­ney and some­times there’s set­backs.

lungiswa

Hey Han­nah!
Thanks for the encour­age­ment girl!?wow its amaz­ing how much what one eats mat­ters in terms of our hair, nails etc. I will check out clicks and dis­chem.

Deborah

Biot­in, 5,000 dai­ly, every­day. Along with this wash your scalp with a non sul­fate sham­poo. After, apply nat­u­ral 100% Aloe Vera gel to your scalp let it sit for 1 half hour. Rin­se, sham­poo and, apply jama­cian black cas­tor oil to your scalp, mas­sage for two-three min­utes. Do not use any hair attach­ments. Find a corn­rows style that allows your scalp to breathe. Good luck, but, in this case, with this pro­ce­dure, I don’t think you’ll need it.

lungiswa

Hey Deb­o­rah
Yoh!??aloe vera? Direct­ly on the scalp? Shoo! Okay am will­ing! Am will­ing! How­ev­er it is so impos­si­ble to find pure black cas­tor oil — where can find it, either in a south african based store or online…?

Jasmine

YouTube is a great place to go for all your ques­tions and it has step by step visu­als

Jasmine
Have you tried order­ing prod­ucts online? Mielle organ­ics and TGIN are great all nat­u­ral prod­ucts and i think they ship world wide. Dont wor­ry about how long you’ve been grow­ing your hair. Every one has a dif­fer­ent ter­mi­nal length (max length your hair will grow) not vary­ing is going to have bra length hair or waist length hair and thats ok. My hair goes passed my col­lar­bone. I use to wish it was longer but ive grown to love what ive even blessed with and im still learn what works for my hair and what doesn’t. Ive been nat­u­rals 6… Read more »
OOPs

Anoth­er pro­duct to try is SOULTANICALS.COM, there prod­ucts are awe­some. Try them, yes I have tried Mielle and her prod­ucts are awe­some too. But it is awe­some to at least have 3 great prod­ucts for hair.

lungiswa

Thanks Oops! Will do!?

lungiswa

Hey Jas­min,
Thanks so much for the awe­some advice! Makes alot of sense. I will also cer­tain­ly look into Mielle organ­ics and TGIN and hope it won’t cost me an arm, a leg and a foot! Haha­ha

Kay

I’d sec­ond what Jasmin’s said to you. Great advice; I’d only add also check out YouTube for some ideas on how to make your own (DIY) hair sta­ples; they could help sup­ple­ment what­ev­er you decide to buy online. Wish­ing all the best of luck to you on your hair jour­ney. :-)

Krys

May­be try less OR MORE pro­tein
Mois­ture mois­ture mois­ture
Wear braids or buns or a wig for a while to let your hair rest

lungiswa

Hi Krys,
Thanks for respond­ing. Where I am we have a very lim­it­ed selec­tion of nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts – are Dark &Loveare prod­ucts advis­able? Also what sort of pro­tec­tive styles do you rec­om­mend I should wear under wigs?

Neo

Hi Lungiswa!
I’m from round your parts. You might want to look into organ­ic prod­ucts with few­er ingre­di­ents. Look up Pinke Cube, you don’t have to fol­low the Max Hydra­tion Method, but a ver­sion of it would be good. Right now I use many home­made brews and prod­ucts I get from “faith­ful to nature” online. It’s a south african com­pa­ny. Try Sim­ply Bee con­di­tion­er. for leave ins try nat­u­ral but­ters using LCO meth­ods. Also find out about the kind of water you’re deal­ing with. Hard water will wreak hav­oc on nat­u­ral hair.

OOPs

Also, try SOULTANICALS.COM TOO

lungiswa

Hey Neo!
Thanks for reply­ing! I will def­i­nite­ly look into those right away! Wow! Water? Real­ly? Shoo! I had no idea of the type of water(in this con­text) we have here and how it could have been affect­ing my hair — thanks for that

Erica

I’ve learned the less you do witg your nat­u­ral hair the more it will grow ie wigs, braids ect less ten­sion. Also dont watch it as fre­quent­ly may­be once a mon­th. Stay away from sul­fate prod­ucts and prod­ucts with alco­hols. Remem­ber just because it says organ­ic or nat­u­ral doesn’t mean its good. I per­son­al­ly use Taliya Waa­jid prod­ucts and and its work­ing great just April 2016 i had a low boy cut and now my hair is just below my cheek bone. Ive been doing pro­tec­tive styles. Oh yeah and once you find that brand stick to it.

Neo

Hey, Eri­ca, not to cause dra­ma but where Lungiswa is, it’s very dry. Her hair needs more mois­ture and wash­ing more reg­u­lar­ly. Oth­er­wise it will be dry, brit­tle and tan­gle and break eas­i­ly.

lungiswa

Hey Eri­ca,
Thanks a mil! Wow!! April last year?? That is awe­some! I will be care­ful to check the ingre­di­ents on each pro­duct I buy.

lungiswa

Hi Krys,
Thanks for respond­ing. Where I am we have a very lim­it­ed selec­tion of nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts — are Dark &Loveare prod­ucts advis­able? Also what sort of pro­tec­tive styles do you rec­om­mend I should wear under wigs?

Chanel James-Dixon
I have been a cos­me­tol­o­gist for over 22 years. I am a per­son­al hair styl­ist who spe­cial­izes in hair growth and cut. What I have learned is, every per­sons hair curl pat­terns may look dif­fer­ent and yet sim­i­lar in some areas. Every­one has at least two dif­fer­ent curl pat­terns in there hair. You need to hydrate your hair dai­ly. One pro­duct line may not work. You have to make con­coc­tions that blend a vari­ety of oils and hair hydrat­ing con­di­tion­ers that will strength­en and build elas­tic­i­ty from hydrat­ing your hair, at least when you ini­tial­ly do your wash and con­di­tion.… Read more »
lungiswa

Hi Chanel,
Thanks so much for reply. I will cer­tain­ly, under­take those meth­ods. Please advise if those prod­ucts are avail­able in South africa.

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