There's a classic phrase that says “a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life – but who said big chops were only for big life happenings? According to actress Gabrielle Union-Wade, her new hair-do is a part of her drama-free, happy lifestyle.
"So, I did a thing," she wrote in an Instagram post serving face debuting her new cut. "The movies always show women cutting their hair when all is lost but I wanted to know the feeling of making a change when things are gravy." Her decision to rock her short, natural curls was a huge adjustment for her but she's absolutely loving her new look. "It hits different and it's foreign to me but I ❤❤❤ this new new," she concludes summing up her new hair transition. "#SummerChop #FlawlessChop #FlawlessCut."
The Hollywood star is known for switching up her hairstyles every now and then – going from long curly ponytails and braids to bob cuts real quick. As the owner of her own haircare line, Flawless By Gabrielle Union, the actress is a known advocate for products and choices that support Black hair. In speaking with Harper's Bazaar last year, she opened up about her hair evolution and the pressures of conforming to society's white-skewed standards of beauty.
"When I was eight, I begged my mom to get a relaxer. I was going to school with all white kids, and I wanted hair that swished and moved and all of that," she revealed. "She did her best with the relaxer, but to me, my hair was never straight enough. I was chasing respectability and what it meant to be presentable, appropriate, and thought of as pretty. It was just so elusive."
She also touched on the fact that she secretly wished to experiment with her own hair in her acting career outside of her initial girl-next-door hair flip look she sported early on. "I started acting when I was still in college, so I only know Hollywood. I immediately went for a hairstyle to match the way my name sounded," she said. "I rocked the girl-next-door look: not too long, because then you might be unrelatable, but not too short. Just this perfect flip that says, "I'm nonthreatening, happy, well adjusted, and I was raised on the right side of the tracks." I always landed those roles. I didn't attempt to rock the boat until my 40s, really."
And rocking the boat is what she's doing indeed with her new chic hairstyle. For all the women who need an extra push to get edgy with their look, just take a page out of Gabrielle's book – literally.