All my fellow Instagram addicts like me probably saw Ms. Gabrielle Union’s photo yesterday – either on her on timeline or reposted to mine, but for those oblivious she posted the glorious photo of her thick, healthy natural hair above with the caption:
“Ladies…you can achieve hair growth…With a weave! This is allllll mine, no clips, no extensions, hadn’t even been pressed…And it got this healthy thick length from responsibly wearing weaves.”
Tell it Gabby! Of course the haters were out in full force with comments like ‘It ain’t even that long’ and ‘Looks like she need a trim’ but we all know that is out of jealousy. Fewer of her shared photos received as many comments as this one, proving that hair still is a very hot and heavy topic among Black women, and for some is considered a touchy subject. Which is really a shame because Gabrielle Union is one of the few celebrities not to only boast about their long-weave-hidden-hair, but offer encouragement and even a few pieces of advice to other Black women wishing to achieve healthy, long hair as well.
Let’s take a look at a few other celebrities who have worn weaves responsibly to help them grow long, healthy hair:
Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child
via @RealMichelleW – Wow! My Hair has grown a lot in two years!
via @RealMichelleW: My hair is growing fast! #ALLMINE #VAIN #NATURAL #NOPERM #JUICESANDBERRIES #LOL
via @AngelaSimmons: Braiding up this hair!! #NaturalHairLife @Nikkrokkshair to the rescue!!! @angelaiamhair it’s time #miami
via @SanaaLathan: #hairweavekilla #aunaturel #tgif
Mother & Daughter Duo: Toya Wright & Reginae Carter
via @ToyaWright: A natural 20 inch. #longhairdontcare #allmine
via @ToyaWright: Just washed and pressed @colormenae’s hair…My princess hair is growing so nice #teamnaturalhair #phuckyopermTo the best of my knowledge (and the oh-so-reliable research of hashtags) all the above celebrities’ hair is unrelaxed, natural.
I know all my L4L supporters are well informed regarding Gabby’s phrase “wear weaves responsibly.” I’ve talked at length about the importance of properly caring for your hair before, during and after a sew-in weave installation. And – just to be clear – wearing weave as a protective style is absolutely a CHOICE, never a necessity! You can certainly grow long, healthy hair without a weave (or wig), and this site is all about healthy hair, however you choose to wear it. But for those who missed my original posts or maybe just began considering getting their first sew-in, here are just a few helpful articles from the L4L weave archives: