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For black women, hair is more than just strands atop our head. And now one of our favorite actresses has entered the hair game: Gabrielle Union.

In an exclusive interview with WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) Gabrielle Union discussed her new hair care line for Black women, called Flawless. Itwill launch exclusively at Ulta Beauty stores on April 16 and Union explains why this line was so important to her and to black women as a whole:

“I want women with textured hair to have great hair days.” In the past, she suffered to attain those joyful days and doesn’t believe that should have to be the case. “I went through a phase where I would leave my relaxer on so long, thinking the longer I leave this relaxer on, the straighter it’s going to be,” she recalled. “Cut to lesions, like open wounds in my scalp, trying to chase something that was unrealistic, and eventually probably in my mid- to late-20s I decided to give up my relaxer, and I went natural. By natural I mean underneath the weaves, extensions, clips and the hair color was my natural hair — thriving.”

Union also went into detail about how many perceive women who opt to rock weaves and extensions in favor of their own hair, and how that stigma has come to haunt many women who feel increasingly judged for their hair choices. She states:

“A lot of people like to think if you wear extensions or weaves, you’re full of self-hatred and, if you wear natural hairstyles, your sense of self and your sense of community and culture is at an all-time high. Sometimes that’s the case. Sometimes it’s not,” she said. “I just look at it as each person has their own hair journey, and they’re all amazing, valid, worthwhile and beautiful, no matter what.”

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source: Danielle Jennings/HelloBeautiful.com

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