Tracee Ellis Ross has long been a pivotal figure in the natural hair movement – especially since the launch of her own Pattern haircare line in 2020, which creates refreshingly modern, thoughtfully formulated products for coils, kinks and curls. Now, she’s bringing that authority to the small screen with The Hair Tales: a series produced in collaboration with Oprah Winfrey and writer Michaela Angela Davis.
The docuseries will explore the history of Black hair, dissecting the multifaceted ways in which it is tied to identity, beauty and culture.
“Hair is a portal into the souls of Black women, it drives straight to the centre of who we are,” Ross said in a statement. “Our goal is to share this vibrant community, where we hold a sacred space for each other. Like many women, I can trace my own journey to self-acceptance through my hair. This series is personal and universal, American and global. It is a love letter to Black women.”
Ross may now be the poster girl for hair acceptance, but she understands the societal challenges of embracing texture on a personal level. Posting on Instagram in 2020, she wrote, “I’ve always said that my journey to self acceptance can be chronicled through my journey with my hair. Taking the time to accept, understand and love my hair mirrors the relationship I have with myself. I have grown to love and appreciate my hair in all of its seasons. Because hair love IS self love.”
The Hair Tales will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network as well as Hulu’s Onyx – a new channel for creators of colour – and will be produced by a team of women of colour. It is expected to arrive in 2022.
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