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

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Andrea C
Despite the neg­a­tive com­ments I see post­ed here, I think Gabrielle’s updo is sim­ply “flaw­less” and it inspires me to do more with nat­ur­al hair. We all know that each sista out there gets her “grind for suc­cess” on at some point or anoth­er; so what if she’s pro­mot­ing a new hair line. We either buy her prod­ucts or some­one else’s. Obvi­ous­ly she cares about her nat­ur­al hair or it wouldn’t be so healthy and well kept. Most stars could care less about the hair that we don’t see; they’re all about appear­ances. Last­ly, the movie indus­try demands a cer­tain… Read more »
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!


Hi! So I hon­est­ly don’t think she is post­ing for pop­u­lar­i­ty rea­sons but to be actu­al­ly com­fort­able with rock­ing your nat­ur­al hair. I strug­gle with con­fi­dence dai­ly includ­ing wear­ing my real hair — main­ly because I rather cov­er it up with weave or wigs. Yes, nat­ur­al hair is becom­ing a “thing” but it has always been there. Even if she was post­ing it for that rea­son , she is prob­a­bly also post­ing to encour­age oth­er women to do the same and to be com­fort­able rock­ing what God has already blessed them with so I think this is amaz­ing!


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


Wow! She ROCKED IT! #black­girl­mag­ic


Is stealth her last name?????

Black Girl With Long Hair

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

Priscilla Holmes


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 .


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…?


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

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 »

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.


Thanks Oops! Will do!?


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


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. :-)


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


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?


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.




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


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.


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.


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.


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 »

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