Gabrielle Union’s Sculptural “Braid Flower” Updo Demands a Double Take

Beauty is always art, but in certain instances, the sentiment takes a more literal turn. Such was the case with Gabrielle Union’s latest hairstyle, which toed the line between updo and full-on sculpture. The actor stepped out for the London premiere of Strange World with her onyx lengths woven into a gravity-defying looped and structural style that mimicked an exaggerated bloom. 

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“It’s giving braid flower,” captioned hairstylist Issac Poleon, the brain behind the braid. The hypnotic hair played perfectly with Union’s archival embroidered Elie Saab gown, pulled from the designer’s fall 2008 ready-to-wear collection. The actor’s makeup—applied by makeup artist Esther Edeme—featured luminous touches with swipes of warming peach and a matte nude lip. Autumn may be the season of falling leaves, but for Union, blossoms abound. 

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