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?

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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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    1. Kiki Scott Grooms
      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.

  1. Tasheen Lockridqe
    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…

  2. April M Mosley
    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

  3. Tyjuan Smalls
    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.

    1. Chavon Walton
      Chavon Walton

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

  4. Lise Williams
    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!

  5. Curl Collection
    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

  6. Liz Griffith
    Liz Griffith

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

  7. Erin Gray
    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.

    1. Kristin Patrick
      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.

    2. Diane C. Dejean
      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.

  8. Shay Hammonds
    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

  9. Donna Germany
    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!!!!

  10. Paige Mcfayden
    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

  11. Vodus Sherman
    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.

  12. Lakia Payne
    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.

  13. Tiera Nicole Betts
    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.

  14. Jessica Flanigan
    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.

  15. Kim Merritt
    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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