Tracee Ellis Ross Hair Love
While many Black women across the globe are embracing their natural hair, trading styling tips, and encouraging others to love their mane, the natural hair community is harboring a dirty secret.

Though many are ditching the creamy crack and hoping to get back to their roots, one type of natural hair is often held up as the ideal: curly.

While some sistas have a mass of springy curls, others (myself included) enjoy a more–shall we say–militant texture of hair.

After spending hundreds of dollars on cremes, gells, and magic potions promissing to turn my “kinks to curls,” I realized that my hair is just not meant to look like some of my looser-coiled sistern.

I cannot rock a wash-and-go without ending up with a tangled mess; I cannot apply light cremes for moisture; and I will never have Tracee Ellis Ross-type hair no matter what products I buy.

And that’s ok.

In an effort to encourage women to embrace their own hair texture, Ross recently took to YouTube to announce her “Hair Love” campaign.

In the video, Ross thanks viewers for their love of her hair, but cautions against coveting her mane instead of embracing their own.

“I geniunely am honored and tickled and excited by the fact that people like my hair,” Ross gushes. “It’s really nice when people like something about you, especially when they like something that you worked so hard on and used to hate.”

“I used to hate my hair,“ Ross admitts, and explains that her hair acceptance only came after years of exploration and experimentation.

Ross breaks it down even further, telling viewers, “I don’t want you to want my hair. The reason I don’t want you to want my hair is I’m of the school of love what you got. For me, the reason my hair was such a battle was because I was trying to make it something it wasn’t. I wanted the hair that somebody else had.”

During the video Ross challenges women to share short video responses about why they love their hair.

“I love that you love my hair,” she tells viewers,”But I only love that you love my hair if it’s an inspiration for you to love your hair.”

Check out Tracee Ellis Ross’s video to hear more about her Hair Love campaign and submit your video. 

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  • faunda

    Tracee’s hair is what black women are DYING to have, that mixed hair. So I don’t know how revolutionary this is because her hair type is what blacks always called very good hair. Show me some coarse natural hair and we can talk. She is half Jewish.

    • tequeenbee

      Not all black women. I’m black and I don’t want her hair–but then I never wanted to be white either. if you have low self esteem or genetic issues–don’t play the white people game of thinking we are all a monolith. There are no absolutes, if you want her hair, (as a woman or a man) speak for YOURSELF because you most certainly do not speak for the rest of us.

  • Nata

    Tracee “left eye” Ross. She has NO idea what difficult hair is. Try having it super short, coarse and have no one compliment you on it since childhood. She has no idea her hair is considered an asset. White people love it too which is why most natural hair black models have that mixed hair. Tracee, you need to learn some more about our non mixed experiences. Thanks.

  • kristin

    I really don’t think some of y’all listened to anything she said. She is preaching self love & self acceptance & if you think shes saying that just because she has a “good hair” texture that’s insane. Some women are never satisfied.Dig deep & love whatever type of hair thats on YOUR head

  • Kay

    The funny thing is, my very dark skinned cousin has straight hair. Absolutely straight. It won’t hold a curl for anything and hangs like a heavy rope down her back. By some quirk of genetics, she has hair that most women fork over tons of money to get. But here’s the thing. Some people would think she’d love it. But she hates it. People would tug at her hair and ask if she was wearing a wig (and yes I’ve seen random people do this with my own eyes). She would get chased down the street by girls who said that she looked like she was wearing a cheap weave and people would say “You ain’t all that, just because you got good hair. You still dark as hell.” Guys would tell her what a waste it was that she has straight hair but dark skin. She wanted to look and I quote “normal.” She wanted hair that was like mine, that could be an afro one day and straight the next.

    Back when salt-n-pepa was the thing, she tried to get her hair cut like Pepa and ended up with a really bad cut while my sister was able to get the style to a T. She cried for days. She then chopped all her hair off in anger but now has learned to love her hair. Bottom line is, as hard as it can be sometimes, you’ve got to love what you got.