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Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Hair Loss After IVF Treatments, Relaunches Haircare Line ‘Flawless’ + Terry Crews Apologizes To Gabby AGAIN

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Gabrielle Union just relaunched her haircare line Flawless, serving up affordable haircare options for black women. And it’s now totally black owned. Get into Gabby’s haircare journey and the latest about her Terry Crews “AGT” drama inside…

Gabrielle Union has been working with her longtime hairstylist and friend Larry Sims to come up with a new line of products that cater to black women’s hair.

The multi-hyphenated star partnered up with Larry Sims to re-vamp her haircare line, “Flawless by Gabrielle Union,” which she originally launched in 2017. The new line features 12 products, which include co-wash, shampoo, conditioner, a mask, moisturizing treatments and scalp care. All of the products are available on Amazon for less than $10 each.

While undergoing IVF treatments in 2017, Gabby suffered with hair loss as a side effect. She didn’t feel right launching the brand at that time because “I was bald,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. It made her feel like a fraud pushing a product about hair when her own hair wasn't healthy.

”When you're launching a line called Flawless and you feel anything but flawless, you actually feel like a fraud. I didn't feel confident or transparent, and the investors and ownership group we had at the time didn't want to wait for my hair to grow back in,” she spilled.

”They only cared about deadlines, and I wasn't being listened to. I was like, ‘As soon as this time period is up, I want to relaunch Flawless. I want to wrestle back ownership and control of this company.’ And there's no way in hell I can be transparent about my hair journey without including Larry Sims, who was in the trenches crying right alongside me as my hair fell out.”

The “L.A.’s Finest” star said she and Larry discovered natural ingredients that grew her hair back.

”Larry would be like, ‘There's another spot,’ and I would break down every time a new bald spot would open up,” she shared. “We tried every home remedy we could find. So that's where we discovered bacuri butters, raw creatine, biotin, rice oil complex, rice water, aloe, and all of these things that actually grew my hair back. We kept a log of the last two years of my hair growth and of what was working, what didn't work. We literally took a magnifying glass and were like, ‘We've got sprouts! We've got action!’"


The “Being Mary Jane” star offered up advice to Black entrepreneurs aspiring to experience creative freedom like herself and Larry.

”I cannot say enough about Black ownership. When you do not control a majority ownership of anything, for the most part you have about as much of a say so as your percentage, and if you are just an endorser, that's a goose egg. If you have no equity or ownership in your company, or it's less than 51 percent, it doesn't mean you're going to be listened to. If you have investors that are not Black, they have to be on board with lowering your profit margins. It would actually make Larry and I assholes to figure out how to grow my hair back, create an amazing line, and then price our own people out of it. Everything is between $4 and $10.”

Good gems.

When she first started working in Hollywood, Gabby said she would wear her hair in “safe” hairstyles that gave her that “girl next door vibe.” Later, she began experimenting with weaves, which we know Hollywood loved. In Almost Christmas, she wanted her character to wear braids, so she made a boss move to make it happen.

”In Almost Christmas, I wanted to wear braids,” she told the publication. “They were like, ‘Well, the character's really sophisticated and she's really educated.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, so can I have Senegalese twists?’ There were all these conversations about what constituted an educated, sophisticated, Black, single mom. And braids wasn't it. I was like, ‘Oh, wait, I'm also an executive producer. So let me talk to myself about this. Okay, I've given myself permission.’ That was the first time I dared to buck the system. That was a Black movie. I realized that within our own community, we have different ideas about different hairstyles and what they mean.”

And that’s how it's done!

You can read more from her interview here.

In other news...

In June, Gabrielle Union filed a discrimination complaint in California against Simon Cowell, Universal TV, Syco Entertainment and Freemantle Productions North America. The filing came a week after NBC wrapped its investigation of the events that led to her firing from "America's Got Talent" in 2019.

NBC announced it had found "that no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union's appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time."

Before the investigation was complete, "AGT" host Terry Crews, who has been doing the absolute most with the absolute least on Twitter lately, was asked about Gabby's racism and sexism claims. He basically threw her under the bus, claiming "AGT" was one of the most diverse sets he has ever worked on and that he never experienced any racism behind-the-scenes. He followed up with tweets saying the only woman he needed to please on this earth is his wife. He later came back and apologized.



In June, he apologized to Gabby again after he received backlash from comments he made about Black Lives matter on social media.



Gabby appeared on Jemele Hill's Spotify podcast "Jemele Hill Is Unbothered" and the sports journalist asked her about Terry's controversial comments.

"People hit me [up] all day long and are like, 'What's happening,'" Gabby said. "And the only thing I know for sure is that Terry Crews gets three checks from NBC. So, I don’t know if being worried about job stability — which, listen, we all know that if you speak up about racism and white supremacy, you absolutely can be shown the door. We are both very clear on that. So, I don’t know if that’s the motivation.”

"People were like, 'Well, you weren't the only Black person on America's Got Talent, and I was like, 'No, I was on there with Terry Crews.' Based on his recent actions, do you really think Terry Crews was an ally, was helpful, was a sounding board? I think Terry Crews is showing us who he is and what he does during times of adversity, and it’s not solidarity.”

After Gabby called him out, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star hopped on Twitter to apologize again:



"This will be my 3rd public apology to Gabrielle Union," he tweeted. "If a 4th is needed, I will continue to apologize and push for reconciliation between the world, and more importantly, the culture I grew up in. I'm sorry, @itsgabrielleu #reconciliation"


Photos: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock.com

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