Gabrielle Union calls out lack of hairstylists able to style black actors’ hair

Gabrielle Union has called out hairstylists working in Hollywood who have no idea how to style black hair.Following on from model Olivia Anakwe speaking out against “texture discrimination” in an Instagram post, after a fashion brand failed to hire a b…

Gabrielle Union has called out hairstylists working in Hollywood who have no idea how to style black hair.

Following on from model Olivia Anakwe speaking out against “texture discrimination” in an Instagram post, after a fashion brand failed to hire a backstage hairstylist with knowledge of styling textured hair despite booking her to wear cornrows during a Paris Fashion Week show, a chorus of African-American actors, including Gabrielle, Insecure actress and writer Natasha Rothwell and Community star Yvette Nicole Brown, also shared their frustrations.

“The pressure to “just be happy they picked you & you got a job, don’t ask for the SAME things every other actor/model gets on GP…” Listen, if u stay quiet, u WILL have bald spots, hair damage, look NUTS (tho they will tell u its cuuuuuuuuute),” the Bring It On star tweeted.

She also drew attention to the difficulties that black hair stylists face with getting into the industry.

“What alot of non-industry folks don’t realize is that u can’t just use ur normal hairstylists/barbers/makeup artists on a union job (most jobs are union) Those artists HAVE to be IN THE UNION & getting them in has NEVER been easy or smooth. Ever. Like never,” she shared.

“PSA: If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair,” tweeted Love, Simon actress Natasha. “Not someone who’s “comfortable with it” but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types. Congratulations on advancing to the next level of inclusion!”

And actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who played Black Manta in Aquaman, sympathised with Olivia after she shared she was “ignored” and “forgotten” by stylists backstage, explaining the issue affects many black actors in Hollywood as well.

“100% of Black Actor/Actress I’ve spoken to on this topic face the same thing in film and television,” he said. “Hair Stylists in our industry should have proper training, AND be able to show proof. Too often they begin to ‘figure it out’ the second we sit in the chair.”

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Alison Brie once had her own Pretty Woman shopping moment

Alison Brie once had her very own “Pretty Woman moment” when she was shopping in Washington D.C.In the 1990 movie, Julia Roberts’ character Vivian is rejected and humiliated by the snooty salespeople in an expensive Rodeo Drive boutique, only to retur…

Alison Brie once had her very own “Pretty Woman moment” when she was shopping in Washington D.C.

In the 1990 movie, Julia Roberts’ character Vivian is rejected and humiliated by the snooty salespeople in an expensive Rodeo Drive boutique, only to return the next day dressed in classy designer clothes, where she triumphantly proclaims it was a “big mistake” to refuse to serve her.

And GLOW star Alison has now shared that she had a very similar retail experience in her earlier acting days.

“I do remember one time when I was randomly with a friend in D.C., we went into a sunglasses store and had a very Pretty Woman moment. We were like, ‘How much are these?’ And the woman who worked there said, ‘They’re very expensive,'” the 35-year-old recalled. “I was just like, ‘Well, I’ll take two pairs.’ We were a little drunk – we had had mimosas at brunch – and we bought these sunglasses and wore them all week. They were one of the most expensive things I’d ever bought at that time; this probably was during my first season of (comedy series) Community.”

Though Alison was pleased that she “showed” the shop assistants, in hindsight, she admitted that the sunglasses are her most regrettable purchases to date.

“We got home and I was like, ‘These sunglasses are so ugly.’ Like, what a point to prove,” she laughed. “I just had to give her commission on those sunglasses. It was a weird stand to take.”

Aside from this outlandish splurge, the Mad Men actress insisted that she was brought up to “be very frugal” with her money, but husband Dave Franco has since encouraged her to treat herself once in a while.

“I think Dave has taught me how to spend my money well, which is kind of a nice thing,” she smiled.

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