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Love your Hair, Love Yourself: Tracee Ellis Ross Discusses Her Personal Hair Journey

Love your Hair, Love Yourself: Tracee Ellis Ross Discusses Her Personal Hair Journey

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Esteemed comedic actress and producer Tracee Ellis Ross has made a stellar return to prime time television, starring on the ABC sitcom Black-ish, opposite Anthony Anderson. I first fell in fan love with Tracee back in 2000, when she starred on the sitcom Girlfriends, and since then have considered her to be one the most talented and fascinating female comedians of today. Her creative body of work strikes an excellent balance between candid honesty and a unique sense of humor, and I've always admired her incredibly vibrant, bubbly public persona. Tracee Ellis Ross is someone who has always confidently danced to the beat of her own drum. A truly brilliant independent thinker, she possesses the rare ability to tickle the funny bones of even the most adamantine of audiences, because she is so comfortable with who she is and can laugh at herself.
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The daughter of Motown legend and one of the original diva of the pop/R&B scene, Diana Ross, Tracee probably had every opportunity to rest on the laurels of her infamous mama, forging a spurious identity in the shadows of the Supremes. However, Tracee has successfully managed to find her own way and independently grow into her own creative powerhouse, because she is unafraid to be herself. Though this is evident in her comedic performances on cable, her youtube channel reveals who Tracee really is, once TV cameras stop rolling. Hilarious with touches of subtle insight, Tracee's collection of homemade youtube videos vary from experimental character pieces (such as her alter ego, rapper #T-Murda), to inspiring and encouraging words of wisdom.

One video that particularly touched me was one entitled, Hair Love.

She made this video in response to a meme created by Good Hair Magazine that was floating around instagram:

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Tracee immediately begins the video by expressing her appreciation, flattered that this publication felt inclined to exalt her naturally curly texture through a meme. Not only did she find it hilarious, but the caption also allowed her to reflect on her own personal hair journey, which she shares in this clip.

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It's no secret that all of us with naturally curly hair have felt pressured to maintain styles contrary to what our natural texture and curl patterns would allow, because of societal expectations and standards for style and beauty. We've all had our own moments of hair envy, battling with various products and styling techniques, wasting countless dollars and hours in an effort to tame our manes. Tracee herself admits to venturing down the road of hair wraps, rollers, big chops, goofy bangs, flat irons, and chemical processing herself, but it wasn't until she began embracing her own natural texture that she really began to understand and appreciate her own, god given beauty. Though this begins as a video about hair, I think Tracee's story is something all women can relate to and her overall message resonates beyond the curly-haired community; your perception of your hair should have no bearing on your sense of self and true beauty cannot be measured by superficial amenities.

Always remember - you are beautiful, as is.

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