Tracee Ellis Ross has been on the cover of Essence 4 times and even though she stuns on every cover there is something about this one that just stands out.
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In her interview Tracee discussed the fact that she is living her juciest life right now including the fact she is one of the most relatable actresses out there.
ESSENCE: So many women consider you a best friend in their heads. You’re relatable in a way that is rare with someone who’s lived a life like yours.
ROSS: The truth is, I’m glad they can identify with me, because I identify with them. I feel like we are a community of sisters out here. That kind of makes me cry a little bit, because we are a community of sisters told by mainstream society that we are not the thing, and I know I’ve had to make my own way through that messaging. I look out and see other sisters and think, I see you.
Do you see me? Because I see you. That was really what I felt in that moment of my Golden Globes win. It was lovely for that light to shine in my direction, but we have been shining out here. I don’t know about you, but I see women and Black women being the leads all over the place. In so many unique and extraordinary ways we’re changing the script, curating our own lives, handling so much with grace and humanity and joy. I realized » the other day, I think about this all the time because I am joyful at heart. My real middle name is Joy. Apparently I came out of the womb this way.
She of course talked about her new product launch
ESSENCE: Let’s shift gears and talk about Pattern and all these amazing hair products on the table in front of us.
ROSS: Ten years ago, when Girlfriends ended, I wrote a pitch for a line of hair care products. It has been 30 years in the trenches of my hair. Twenty years of dreaming. Ten years of trying, strategizing and asking. Five years of continuing to learn. Four years with chemists, and 74 samples later, we’re here.
I am launching a haircare line for curly, coily and tight, textured hair to empower people and meet the unmet needs of our community at a price point we can afford, because we know that we need a lot of product in all this hair. Pattern’s products are very important to me. Phase one is about the shower.
You have a medium, a heavy, an intensive conditioner, a leave-in conditioner and then a hydrating shampoo and two oil serums: a jojoba oil serum and an Argan oil serum. And then we have a towel, a shower brush and a hair clip. That’s where we start, and it will grow from there.
I’m really interested in changing how we speak to each other, celebrate each other, love each other, and how we play with our hair.
She also shared a little bit about her own hair journey
ESSENCE: Tell me about your own hair journey.
ROSS: It dates back to high school, when I would wake up, and before I even put my glasses on, I would call to check the weather. If it was anything over 67 percent humidity, I would not wash my hair. I stopped relaxing my hair the summer before tenth grade. I ran track, and I found that putting heat on my hair was too difficult. But I couldn’t figure out how to wear it. I tried every product under the sun.
Then, about 20 years ago, I went into a salon and a guy was like, “Oh, my God. Do you know how many people come in here with a magazine picture of your hair and tell me that’s what they want? I tell them I’m going to have to sew it in.” And I was like, “No, no, no. It’s not about sewing it in—it’s about having the right products.”
We have to have the right products to nourish, hydrate, moisturize and soothe our hair. With the right products and tools, our hair can do anything. That’s when I starting thinking about the idea of creating my own product line.
Read the entire interview here!