Queen Of Curls Tracee Ellis Ross Just Straightened Her Hair, But For A Limited Only
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Most of us were introduced to Tracee Ellis Ross when she starred as Joan on Girlfriends, which debuted in 2000. Seventeen years later, we can’t remember a time we’ve seen the curl queen with bone straight hair. Pressed with a curl? Maybe a few times, but just sleek and straight? We can’t recall. Maybe that’s why the star’s decision to show off her hair sans any type of curl this week has us so intrigued:
The hair may be something new and out of the ordinary, but you know Ross had to keep that signature red lip poppin’.
The stylist who did her look is actually the hairstylist for Blackish, Araxi Lindsey. She divulged that the bone straight hair is indeed the star’s own and is for an upcoming episode of the hit ABC comedy.
“Tracee’s character Rainbow Johnson is trying something new. I chose a hairstyle most African-Americans would call a ‘wrap,'” Lindsey told Allure. “A wrap is a technique used to keep straight hair light, airy, with a lot of body. Without the wrap technique, most straight hairstyles would become heavy and lackluster.”
But with all of the hair that Ross has, you’re probably wondering how long it took for the star’s hair to be straightened and what it required. Lindsey says it definitely took a lot of time, but not as much heat as you would think (which is probably why it took so much time).
“From start to finish, it usually takes two and a half hours to complete a wrap style on textured hair similar to Tracee’s,” Lindsey said. “I take my time and use very minimal heat when styling Tracee’s hair.”
And while the straight hair looks good, Ross is still the biggest fan of her own curls and is glad to be one of a few women to display them on primetime television.
“I was wearing my hair in its natural curl pattern since the beginning, and I’m happy bringing that to television,” she told the New York Times in 2015. “If there are some little girls like me that get to see different versions of themselves on television to give them ideas of different ways they can wear their hair or a larger, expanded version of what it would be like to be a woman and look like them, that makes me happy.”