Gabrielle Union Is Launching a Beauty Line Made for Textured Hair
Everyone should be able to buy quality products that work for their unique hair type.
There are so many celebrity beauty lines that it's hard to keep track of them all: Jessica Alba's The Honest Company, Miranda Kerr's Kora Organics, Drew Barrymore's Flower Beauty. But, hey, if you spent that much time in front of a camera, you'd become a beauty pro too.
Now, Gabrielle Union, star of Being Mary Jane, is coming out with her own hair care line, aptly called Flawless by Gabrielle Union, featuring products that are specifically formulated for women with textured hair. Union has been asked to be the face of tons of hair care brands before, but she never felt quite right accepting any of the gigs because she only wanted to represent a line suitable for all hair types, according to WWD. Plus, she says that being personally involved with the brand will help her have control over the quality. "It makes me work a lot harder than if I was just a hired gun," she told the fashion industry publication. "I want to make sure that it's right for me, for my family, for my friends, and for every person with textured hair. I want to have a seat at the table, and part of that is having ownership." (Want more from the actress? Here she talks teeth, topknots, and how to look hot in HD.)
While Union might appear totally confident on screen, it wasn't always that way. Union also opened up to WWD about what it was like to grow up in Omaha, Nebraska, and how it was a struggle to learn to love her looks-especially her hair. "Being the chip in the cookie, you realized my ponytails didn't look like Heather's ponytails, my friend with the long, blonde hair," she explains. "You want what you don't have. You want that light. You want that shine. You want that attention, and I just never got it." After years of using a relaxer on her hair, which can actually cause painful scalp lesions if left on too long, Union says she decided to go natural. "By natural I mean underneath the weaves, extensions, clips and the hair color was my natural hair-thriving," she says.
So it makes sense that she would want to create a line for the other women struggling to find the right products for their natural hair. The full product line will be available on the brand's website starting March 1 and will be launching in Ulta stores on April 16. Prices range from $19 to $29, so grabbing a few, most of which are formulated with natural oils like argan, avocado, and marula, is totally warranted.