Gabrielle Union Shows Her Real Hair On Instagram Along With Some Weave Advice

Gabrielle Union real hair

Mary Jane, Mary Jane! Gabriel Union took to Instagram yesterday and posted a picture of the back of her hair without her usual gorgeous weave. She had the caption:

Ladies.. You can achieve hair growth…With a weave! this is alllll mine, no clips, no extensions, hadn’t even been pressed..And it got this healthy thick length from responsibly wearing weaves #weaveandflowletitgrow”.

I like to look at the comments on these pictures just to see what the pulse of the viewership is like. For Gabrielle the feelings were mixed, there were the usual “let me applaud her for her progress” commenters, guys who love her regardless of what she does, and then there were the ones that called her irresponsible for encouraging weaves as a solution to hair growth.

Well my opinion is pretty simple, if it works for you then have at it! But we still want to look at the pros and cons of wearing a weave and why opinions are so split.


1. Protective style – Your hair is hidden, tucked away and not touched for reasonable  periods of time, not only is this prerequisite for retention it can be healthy too.

2. You can switch your style up without damaging your real hairWanna go blonde for a while? Buy some and try something new, it’s easy and your hair is not chemically changed.

3. Low maintenance – This depends on the type of weave that you have, some do not require a lot of product or manipulation to look great, so you can literally have it easy when it comes to maintaining the hair.


1. Stress on your edges – We are glad Gabby used the word ‘responsibly’ because weaves can be the number one cause of traction alopecia and hair loss if you are not careful.

2. Hair care neglect – Your actual hair can suffer if you are not careful about not wearing your weave forever and a day and not doing one ounce of maintenance to keep your own hair healthy.

3. Budget – Most of us don’t like looking ratchet and we like our weave to look as natural as possible, this means you better be ready to spend a little bit of change. Quality weaves cost! Not to mention finding a quality beautician to make it all happen.

What side are you on? Weave or no weave?

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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Stacie Hart

No weave!!!

Bridget Myers

No weave just go natural y’all.

Drea Bia

Let’s see those edges before I cast a vote..

Kiki Scott Grooms

LOL, that’s the first thing I said after reading this! Show the front, Gabby, and those edges — then I’ll decide whether you are qualified to talk about weave.

Shanice Goodridge-Flemming

Ugh!!! She seems to have edges in her pictures

Anesha Rhett Berry

And those split ends are obvious!

Ieashia Hopkins


Keisha Owens


Courtney Smith

What they said ^

Tasheen Lockridqe

It doesn’t matter to me, it’s just what you wanna do, YOU’RE the only one who has to wear it…

Priscilla Washington

What ever is good for you and YOUR hair.

Babsy Livy

Whatever your fancy

Meredith Reese

Who cares! It’s your hair! Do what you want and forget the haters.

Mercedes Michelle Bolden

Clip those ends girlfriend.

April M Mosley

I have always been team no weave! I have only even added hair to my braids once as an adult. But that is for me. Do what you want for you as long as it looks good

Show Stoppah

Weaves to protect my natural hair

Carlette Goodwyn

Never ware a weave in my life and never will

Tyjuan Smalls

No please no weave. Can’t touch it get it wet pull it during sexx no to the Weave no to the weave.

Shanice Goodridge-Flemming

Lol who told you any of that info???

Dawnese Snell

I’m not really a weave person….I do like braids…no glue or sew in.

Chavon Walton

You sound like me. I will occasionally get my hair braided and that’s as far as I’ll go.

Chalese Fauntleroy

Whatever looks good it doest matter

Kourtney Monique

The only weave I wear is braids and that’s very rare. Other than that, all natural.

Lise Williams

I love weave and wigs if you take care of your natural hair it shouldn’t be a problem I’m all natural so my hair is very kinky but I love the versatile it’s amazing!

Curl Collection

We’re all about natural hair but more importantly health hair. Many naturals use weave as a protective style option (braids, twists, sew in’s…). What’s important is that you care for your hair!!! #teamhealthyhair

Shawntrice Jernigan

Team : No Weave

Liz Griffith

I have natural hair but I rock weave whenever I want straight hair, my hair, I do what I want with it

Chanelle Wilkerson

No weave please.

Erin Gray

NO WEAVE! Only because two months ago I tried my first sew in weave. I took it out yesterday. Most of the time I was uncomfortable, I couldn’t touch my scalp which for me is a problem for some reason. I felt like I was wearing a hat. The braiding was too tight to begin with so I was ready to take it out the first night. I was completely miserable for awhile. I will never again have a sew in. I will stick with braids as my protective style more sew in.

Kristin Patrick

I know the feeling regarding being uncomfortable with the weave. Its hard to shampoo and care for the hair underneath. You almost have to go to the right stylist who knows how to put it in and take it out without damaging a sister’s edges.

Diane C. Dejean

I tried as well…..took it down in 10 days :-/ now I just have my hair braided in a beehive braid pattern and put on a wig. It’s the same difference, now I can take the wig off , take care of my hair and let my hair breath. Also I can change into a different wig anytime.

Shay Hammonds

Both for me…if I’m not in the mood for doing my hair I just pop a wig on & go by my businesses

Mía Augusta

100 % natural!

Donna Germany

Never wore a weave but to each her own…I will say that if you do wear a weave…smooth your edges…nothing worse than a silky weave and rough edges!!! Ugh!!!!

Pamela Traeye

Doesn’t matter

Crystal Roberts

Natural Healthy Hair ! Braids !

Paige Mcfayden

look at the pro and con of wearing weave… I been wearing my Brazilian for a year now and going natural and now my hair reach me in my back weave gorws my hair I dont see whats wrong with it… some of u have natural hair and its not even moving an inch maybe u should try weave sometimes

Cheryl Blair
He didn’t want to be called negro. Can you image his reaction to our youth saying the [email protected]##$% as a term of endearment for us only.

Dominique PrettynEverything Garrett

It don’t matter to me…I look fab in both..I keep my weave&braids up if I wear them..and when I let my hawk out it flies with the wind….so I’m team doing me…

Kristen Bert

Who cares? To each is own

Coleen R. Wilson

100% no weave.

Tavi Soblessedbeyondmeasures

You can wear a nice wig styled your way! If you braid your hair under the wig… It should grow long

Nadine Melissa

It doesn’t matter….its your personal preference…

Vodus Sherman

No weave! It itches, I can’t get glue or thread out, most weave I see looks a hot mess & my real hair is cost efficient with added versatility.

Dominique PrettynEverything Garrett

And btw…I sell it too! House of Beautiful Hair..check it out …

Faytonia S. Graves

↖ All Natural, Everything Big!! ♥♠♣♦

Lisa Nixon Lello

Both. . I do whatever I’m in the mood for..

Ciarra MG

I’m natural but I’ve worn weaves. I like them both.

Ebony J Jones

Weaves r a convenience (4me). It’s doesn’t state tht I have no hair. Lol

Lakia Payne

I prefer weaves bc it’s less stress on your hair if you go to the right person. I agree with Gabby bc my hair is at its longest when I wear a weave for an extended period of time. Making sure to have it redone every 2 mths. But a def con is that it’s costly.

S Dot White

Au naturale

Brittany-Amoy Lee

If you are a grown woman, you can wear whatever you want

Endenezjia Graham

Do what works for you! I’m natural but if I want a short hairdo I’m open to wearing weave.

Tiera Nicole Betts

I wear weave from time to time. It depends on how I feel or what events I have coming up. Make sure you have a professional that’s doing your sew-in not Keisha and them cousin from around the corner. I’ve never had a problem with them. My hair has never broke off or been damaged from them either. Its all in how you take of it.

Ashley Davis

That’s her hair birth for me to sometimes weave just feels so right

Jennifer Jade Willis

I am on the whatever makes u feel beautiful side!

Miranda Jett

Who cares? Weave or no weave, she’s still a beauty!

Jessica Flanigan

I do both. I don’t care whatever people say about me and wearing weave. I like the look of long hair on me and my real hair isn’t long but it is natural. Lol.

Kim Merritt

I’m glad that sisters are rocking their natural hair but Im all for weaves as well…when wearing braids, fake hair is added into the hair too. A few yrs ago, I had twist put in my hair and my edges fell out. Just because my hair is natural, I dont see the need to turn my nose up at sisters who wear weaves and relaxers, etc.. You do what works for you & I’ll do what works for me. #teamnojudgment

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