Gabrielle Union wants her daughters to love their hair and be proud of their “Afrocentric features”.
The actress is relaunching her hair-care line, Flawless by Gabrielle Union, next month and feels passionately about embracing her natural beauty.
Gabrielle raises 20-month-old Kaavia and 13-year-old stepdaughter Zaya with husband Dwyane Wade, as well as stepsons Zaire and Xavier, and teaches her kids to own their natural curls.
“Your hair is a part of you and it's an extension of you, but it has to start with self-love and pride in your Blackness and Afrocentric features, whether that be your hair, your nose, your lips or your body,” Gabrielle told People. “(Dwyane and I) are constantly reaffirming our kids, especially now, when there are so many external forces that are anti-Black. It is always pride and live your best life and live your best Black life. And let your curls do what they do.”
Gabrielle has previously recalled how she was desperate to fit in when she was at school and struggled to accept her hair type because she was the only Black girl in her class.
The 47-year-old star hopes her daughters never feel like that, so she lets them decide how they want to style their hair.
“Some days Kav will hand you her brush and she'll want a little afro puff. And some days she just wants to wake up and go," Gabrielle explained. “And Zaya went from pink hair to blonde. If you want to switch it up every day, great. What you do with your hair is your own personal choice. For me, the focus is on healthy hair, not on what you do with it.”
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