Gabrielle Union wants daughters to love their hair

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. Ga…

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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Gabrielle Union: ‘There’s no one way to be beautiful’

Gabrielle Union confessed she’s learning more about being a woman as she gives advice to her transgender stepdaughter Zaya.Back in February, the Bring It On star’s husband Dwyane Wade announced his 13-year-old would be using the pronouns she/her, and i…

Gabrielle Union confessed she’s learning more about being a woman as she gives advice to her transgender stepdaughter Zaya.

Back in February, the Bring It On star’s husband Dwyane Wade announced his 13-year-old would be using the pronouns she/her, and in a new interview with Shape magazine, Gabrielle said she’s been working hard to set a good example to Zaya.

“I love that in our household there are so many different ways of expressing ourselves,” the 47-year-old explained. “And watching Zaya clock all of it. Right? That there’s no one way to be a woman. There’s no one way to be a Black woman. There’s no one way to be beautiful. There’s no one way to dress or to love your body.”

And Gabrielle is also learning from Zaya, and recalled an incident in which she tried to teach her stepdaughter how to shave her armpits.

“Zaya was like, ‘But Amandla Stenberg doesn’t shave her armpits. And I was like, ‘No, she does not!’” she laughed, referencing the non-binary American actress, and said she was forced to examine her own beliefs about gender.

“You are a woman because you are. Because that is your identity,” Gabrielle added.

Zaya was behind the lens of her Samsung smartphone as she photographed her stepmother for the Shape cover shoot, and the L.A.’s Finest star was curious to see how the teenager saw her.

“I’m just interested to see myself through Zaya’s eyes,” she explained. “I think that’s really actually… really interesting. Because I trust her. And she has a story to tell.”

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