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Gabrielle Union revealed her big chop in a series of photos on her Instagram page on Friday, July 23.

The mom-of-one chopped off all her hair and stopped wearing wigs and hair extensions as she undergoes natural midlife transition at age 48.

The Deliver Us from Eva actress is married to retired NBA player Dwyane Wade. They share 2-year-old daughter Kaavia James.

Gabby shared photos of her newly shorn hair on Instagram. The photos featured Gabrielle standing in her open concept kitchen in a body-hugging black dress. She accessorized with large gold hoop earrings and delicate gold necklaces.

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Gabby captioned the photo gallery:

"So, I did a thing [hug emoji] 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. It hits different and its foreign to me but I [heart emojis] this new new. #SummerChop #FlawlessChop #FlawlessCut."

Menopause signals a woman's natural transition from young adulthood to middle age between the ages of 40-65.

During the onset of menopause, a woman's ovaries shrink and stop producing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone that control the menstrual cycle. Every bio female is born with about 1 million eggs in her ovaries.

One or more eggs are released once a month during the menstrual cycle beginning in adolescence until middle age.

During menopause, the eggs are depleted, the menstrual cycle stops and females are no longer able to become pregnant.

The average age of menopause is 50. Menopause can be distressing for some women due to the symptoms which range from mild to severe.

Hot flashes plague 75 percent of perimenopausal woman, and last for an average of five years.

A hot flash feels like an oven turned up to 450 degrees. The sudden intense heat causes profuse sweating that makes wearing wigs and hair extensions unbearably hot.

Other symptoms include:

  • Night sweats
  • Loss of sex drive (libido)
  • Hair loss
  • Hair thinning
  • Excessive facial hair (mustache)
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Brain fog
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
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    Jada Pinkett Smith says her daughter WilloW Smith inspired her to shave her head bald.

    On Monday, Jada took to Instagram to share a post from Willow's IG page that shows mom and daughter with shaved heads.

    She captioned the image: "Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT ... my 50's are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed [sic]."

    Jada partially shaved her hair in the past amid her ongoing battle with alopecia. Alopecia means a partial or complete loss of hair.

    In 2018 Jada told People.com she first realized she was losing her hair while taking a shower.

    "It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and then just handfuls of hair just in my hands. And I was just like, 'Oh my God, am I going bald?'. It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That's why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it."

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    Demi Lovato is protesting heterosexuality by shaving her head bald.

    The 28-year-old singer made the announcement in an interview with Glamour magazine.

    She slammed society's heteronormative standards after her previous relationship with a man didn't work out.

    "This past year, I was engaged to a man, and when it didn't work, I was like, 'This is a huge sign.' I thought I was going to spend my life with someone. Now that I wasn't going to, I felt this sense of relief that I could live my truth," she shared.

    Lovato said she's waiting for the right time to break out of the "heteronormativity box" she was "confined in for years".

    "I know who I am and what I am, but I'm just waiting until a specific timeline to come out to the world as what I am. I'm following my healers' timeline, and I'm using this time to really study and educate myself on my journey and what I'm preparing to do," she said.

    Reflecting on a moment in 2014 when she dyed her hair pink and shaved half her head, she admitted she was upset by the negative public response.

    "It reignited that fear inside of me of being who I really am."

    Democrats like Lovato are working toward a future goal of eliminating gender and heterosexuality as society's standard.

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    Kenya Moore urged her social media followers to love their natural hair in a new campaign for her hair care products line.

    The 50-year-old former Miss USA wears long hair extensions for convenience, but she wants her fans to love their natural hair that they were born with.

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member shared a post on Instagram, which she tagged #MooreHairMonday.

    "Aside from being Founder and CEO of my 100% #BlackOwned company, my most important job is being a mother," she wrote in the caption of an ad for her Kenya Moore Haircare line.

    She poses in the ad with her 2-year-old daughter, Brooklyn.

    "My daughter Brooklyn is the face of @kenyamoorehair because her happiness embodies the power of a dream and hard work. God is good.

    Thank you for supporting US. And thank you @sallybeauty for believing in our company and the customers for making us a top selling brand.

    50% off of #mooreedges and #MooreHairSupplements now at #kenyamoorehair.com #mooretocome #Hair #realhair #love #blackhistorymonth #RHOA."

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    Kenya silenced the haters who say she doesn't have long hair growing from her scalp.

    She shared a YouTube video that showed her real hair which is thinning at the ends but still long and healthy.

    Kenya wears hair weave products because she's an entertainer, but she only wears extensions to protect her real hair - which is still healthy and voluminous.
     

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    Drake debuted a brand new pixie hairstyle, shocking his fans who flooded his social media timelines begging for an explanation.

    He captioned the photo: "BIG MOOD."

    Drake stunned with his new hairstyle just days after his ex-lover, Rihanna, vacationed in Barbados with effeminate rapper, A$AP Rocky.

    Rocky and Rihanna, both 32, were spotted jet skiing together on Rihanna's home turf. Paparazzi photos of the lovebirds cuddled together were too much for the emo rapper who asked his stylist to hook him up with one of his exes most popular looks.

    The pixie style featured a cute heart shape which his fans assumed was a subtle nod to RiRi that she was still renting space in his head.

    Drake's emotional breakdown won him cool points with the ladies who sympathized with the lovesick Certified Lover Boy.

    Check out the Twitter reactions below.

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    Fans of NBA superstar Steph Curry were shocked by his wife's dramatic new look. Ayesha Curry unveiled her new blonde hairstyle on Instagram -- much to the shock of Steph's fans.

    "Who is this white lady to the right of him?" wrote one IG user.

    Another wrote: "Hell I thought it was a random white girl at first."

    Others compared Ayesha to former MLB star Sammy Sosa, a dark-skinned Hispanic who bleached his face white.

    Many questioned whether the former brunette bleached her skin to achieve society's standard of beauty.

    Despite the criticism, Steph seemed very excited by his wife's new look in a post on her Instagram.

    She captioned the post: "Mom goes blonde (temporarily)."
     

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    Tiffany Haddish fans expressed concern about her mental health after the Girls Trip star cut off her hair during an Instagram Live on Tuesday.

    The actress shared a 26-minute video of herself cutting off her dreadlocks extensions because she wanted to see how her scalp looks.

    "Cut my hair!" The 40-year-old actress captioned the clip. "I cut all my hair off cause I want to see my scalp. I know my whole body, I know where every mole is, but I don't know my scalp. So hello Scalp #SheReady to everything."

    After giving herself a TWA (teeny weeny afro), the comic actress said she looked forward to going fully bald in the near future.

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    Tiffany's fans immediately expressed concern in the comments section, saying the L.A. native "lost her mind."

    She addressed the concerns in a follow-up video. "Somebody go check on sis, something's wrong with her. What's wrong with her mentally? She done lost it!" Tiffany said, imitating her fans.

    "Why, when a woman decides, 'I'm going to cut my hair off because I want to see my scalp,' she gotta have a mental problem? Nothing is wrong with my brain, guys, I'm suffering from no emotional s–t, nothing. I literally been talking about this for years, how I want to see my scalp."
     

    Tiffany previously opened up about her mental health issues after overcoming a traumatic childhood, followed by years of therapy as an adult.

    "I remember I once sat down with a therapist who told me something about myself, and I said, 'Uh, no!' A year later, I was like, 'Huh. She was right.' I went to therapy in my early 20s and again through my mid-20s. I stopped when I got married. Then I went back into therapy at the end of my marriage. Now, I go every month. If I'm not home, I Skype with my therapist."

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    NBA retiree Dwyane Wade took to Instagram.com to show off his new cotton candy pink hair color. Wade posted the image to his IG account on Friday with no caption.

    The 38-year-old Chicago native wore a bracelet to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant's daughter, Gianna Bryant, in honor of what would have been her 14th birthday on May 1. The bracelet reads: "Gigi Bryant Mambacita 5106."

    Wade retired from the NBA in 2019. The three-time NBA champion earned $196,388,473 during his career.

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    With the city on lockdown and hair salons closed for over a month in many states, actress La La Anthony decided to make her own deep conditioner to moisturize her long tresses.

    The mother-of-one whipped up her own DIY (do it yourself) deep conditioner at home, according to the NY Post's Page Six.

    "I have been mixing caster oil and avocado," said the 40-year-old actress. "I just really got into the henna mask [as well]. I never even knew about that before and my hair has been doing really good. I'm hoping this is something I can keep up with."

    La La is fortunate to have her own on-set stylist, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced women like La La to return to their roots and maintain their own locks in their kitchens.

    "I wash my hair like every two or three days now because I'm working [out] and get sweaty," she continued. "I'm not able to do that [in] my regular life because I'm so busy."

    The "Power" actress added that taking a break from professional styling has done wonders for her hair.

    "I'm not putting any heat on my hair. I condition it and keep it healthy. It's nice just to let it breathe and rest. Same thing with my nails. I just popped them off a while ago, and I think my nails are thanking me. Everything is getting a rest."

    Watch the video below to learn how to mix your own deep conditioner that will leave your hair soft and shiny!

    But before watching the video, be careful not to add every essential oil in your kitchen. Avoid the temptation to overdo it. Remember, less is more.

    And if you must add a conditioner to your DIY deep conditioner, make sure to check the expiration date on the bottle and don't use a 10-year-old bottle of 6-in-1 reconstructor deep conditioner like your auntie did.

    Over conditioning your hair can cause more harm than never conditioning your hair.
     

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    The rap world is mourning the senseless death of East Coast drill rapper Pop Smoke, who was probably more recognized for his signature braid extensions than for his music. Police are hunting four gunmen who broke into the 20-year-old rapper's Hollywood Hills rental and shot him to death early Wednesday. The motive is unknown.
     

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    Rapper Jay-Z began wearing hair units years ago when his own hair started thinning. The 50-year-old rap mogul reportedly dyes his gray hair black to match the custom hair pieces he wears. We wonder what Beyonce thinks about her old man taking his hair units off at night like she does.
     

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    West Coast rapper Tyga is credited with starting the braid extensions trend among rappers. Male celebrities have long worn hair pieces and wigs to cover their bald spots, but Tyga took it to a whole new level.
     

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    Rapper Fetty Wap got called out on social media for rocking fake dreadlocks a few years ago. He eventually removed his male unit and grew his own dreads long.
     

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    Singer Chris Brown wore a cute male unit when his hairline started to push back in 2015. His custom units included fake dreadlocks that lasted for about 2 weeks.
     

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    There's no shame in rapper Offset's hair game. He is well-known for rocking braid and dreadlocks extensions in his hair. Someone should tell him you can't switch from braids to dreadlocks and back again.
     

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    People forget when singer Jason Derulo wore fake dreadlocks back in 2017. He didn't fool anybody back then, but he did bamboozle millions of female fans with that fake peen pic last year.
     

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    Rapper Rich Homie Quan was repeatedly called out on social media for wearing hair extensions after he skyrocketed to fame as one of the first SoundCloud rappers. He wears his real hair cut in a short fro now.
     

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    For some reason, NBA star Iman Shumpert thought he could get away with wearing braid extensions after rocking a hightop fade a month earlier. Hair doesn’t grow from high top fade to long dreadlocks overnight.