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August 15, 2012

Tracee Ellis Ross on Her Natural Hair Journey!




Many of you may be just too darn excited to read the intro - and that's fine skip on down to the good stuff! Cause lemme tell you child, when I found out I was gonna be interviewing my (imaginary in my mind) best curlfriend I was more excited than Lil' Wayne at a skinny jeans and skateboards convention! I'm talking Sophia Grace at a Nicki Minaj concert kind of excited! I'm telling y'all, today -Tracee, tomorrow, Michelle? *dives behind rose garden bushes*


On her hair as a child…
My hair has always been a huge part of me. I swear you can chronicle the evolution of my spirit and my embracing and celebrating all of who I am through my hair journey.  

In all honestly, I’ve completely resorted back to all of my childhood hairstyles! The way I wear my hair at home, the way I braid my hair, and the way I comb out my natural curls to get that huge wind swept, salt water look… it’s all very reminiscent of my childhood photos and the history of my mother’s hairstyles. 
that's a young Tracee on the left!

I have not always been natural. I had a relaxer in my hair during my teen years…well it was more of a texturizer than a relaxer.  But I started as a natural girl. I used to go to Joseph’s every Saturday to get a roller set, a wet set.  I’d sit under the dryer for an hour while I waited for ‘lil Joe-Joe to do my blow-out. He was like, ‘THE guy’, so everybody waited for hours and hours to see him and that was the majority of your Saturday.

So I did that for many years and if I couldn’t go for my hair appointment, my mom would blow my hair out or put the hot comb on the stove, which was a part of her childhood.  My hair never required a ton of heat and my texture was actually really consistent but the pivotal point came when I moved to Europe to go to school.  Enter the Relaxer.

The teenage years…
I remember calling my mom from there and saying ‘Mom, I know that hair, in it’s essence is already dead, but my hair is dead in a way that I don’t know how to explain.’  I was all the way in Europe and I was in school and it was just me doing my hair.  I would kind of blow out the front of my hair, my sort of ‘quote, unquote’ bangs and kind of poof them forward with a headband and take the rest of my hair and put it in a little bun really low down at my neck.  And so I had this poof in the front and whatever in the back and whenever I’d come home from Switzerland I’d get my hair relaxed.  So when I left Switzerland and started going to school in the States, which was 10th grade, the evolution of my Natural Hair began.

So I didn’t cut my hair off, I basically grew my relaxer out and then the journey began.  It was sort of like this crazy experimental process of trying a million different products and actually, I’m still the kind of girl that will try any and everything!  The hard part was when I started working, I mean modeling was one thing, but then when I started acting…that’s when it got difficult. 

... the beginning of Tracee's natural hair exploration!
The ‘Girlfriend’ years…
For the first three seasons of Girlfriends, if I had an early call-time, I would wake up 3 hours before so my hair could dry naturally.  Three hours before!  I didn’t use any form of heat on my hair at the time… no blowdryer, no diffuser, I wouldn’t let anybody do anything to it. I had finally gotten my hair back to its virgin condition… my huge natural curls were back and I wasn’t letting any heat or chemicals near my head!  So yes, there would be these conversations with the assistant directors where I’d plead for a 9 am call time, but if I got a 6am call time - and I’m not joking - there were times when I’d wake up at 3 am.  And it’s not like you can wake up, wash your hair and go back to sleep. 


Then something else occurred, an exploration of sorts.  Around year three, Tracee’s hair became Joan’s hair… it was interchangeable. So when I was off camera, when we weren’t shooting, I started to get bored with my look. The things that were so me, weren’t anymore- - the ‘Tracee bun’, my natural hair, became the ‘Joan bun’ and Joan’s natural hair. I was like, okay, I need something different, I need to be able to break away and turn back into Tracee when the season finishes.
So, I went to get my hair blown out and the person that usually did my hair wasn’t in town and the woman that she referred me to used a stove and an iron… it was still a flat iron, but it was too much heat for my hair and although I spent the entire summer with gorgeous, shiny, blunt, crazy great hair, three months later, my hair would not curl. So I ruined my curl pattern and I freaked out! But that created a whole new exploration.   

There was a man by the name of Scott Williams that came in to work on the set of Girlfriends, I think it was Season 4.  After that season, I took great pictures of the straight hair that will never happen again (because the curls would never come back), and we started to discover the Chi curling iron, not the Chi-3 but the Chi. I don't think they make it anymore, they keep trying to reconfigure it and it’s not the same, but it’s okay because I’ve discovered other things now. But anyway, the Chi iron saved my life! It was ceramic and it would get hot enough that it would leave me with straight, silky hair, but it wasn’t so hot that it would change my curl pattern.  So we nursed my hair back to health using a silicone-y something on my hair and the Chi and that’s when I discovered all these other hairstyles that I could achieve. And we found that balance between my natural hair volume and more ‘movie stary’ looks- that’s what we used to call it when I started naming all of the hairstyles! 
  
On her hair today…
It took about a year to nurse my hair back to health and now, I can do both. I can do my completely natural wash and go, not manipulated at all and I have all the straighter variations that I can achieve with irons.  I can do a regular round brush blow-out, where I have great volume and ease of movement.  It’s silky and straight but not…you know…Naomi Campbell straight.  I can also do my ‘manipulated natural’ now that I’ve learned to diffuse my hair in a way that works, especially if I have to wake up for an early call.  And let me tell you Nikki, I’m not going to give you all my secrets…I’m saving those for my website and my book! [laughs]

On her routine…
I am constantly discovering new products. As a naturally curly girl, you know that our hair, our cuticle gets used to products rather quickly… some more quickly than others and the truth is that when I find a really good one, I save it for the days when I know I’m shooting or on camera, so that I’m somewhat guaranteed a good hair day.    

I will also tell you that depending upon which state that I’m in, different products work better because of the water quality.  So products that work in New York don’t work so great in Los Angeles.  And the water in Atlanta is insane!  When I was working there, my hair was like, what the heck is this Atlanta water? My hair was totally confused, I think it was the water quality combined with the humidity.  I had to get from my apartment to the stage quickly, and then not go back outside… it was this whole thing.  Anyways...

The truth is that my natural hair out in full Tracee form, because of how much I work and am on camera, I rarely do for my personal life. My personal life is usually a bun, braids, or a blowout because it lasts for more days. I wash my hair with shampoo only once a week, but I will often wet my hair more times than that. If I’m getting a blowout, I always get a fresh wash.  I prefer hair that is not coated and weighed down, I get better curls the less product I have in my hair and I get a better blow out the less product I have in my hair.  I wash my hair with the shampoo once a week and then while in the shower, with enormous amounts of conditioner, I separate my hair into six sections and the rest of the hair that I’m not working on, I clip out of the way with a large clip. I then use the Denman D4 rubber brush… love this brush, I have for years, it is the best curl making brush that exists. After I do two sections, I add a little more conditioner to it in order to create curls, and then when my entire head is done, I add a little bit more water and little bit more conditioner and then I turn my head over and I scrunch to create more curl definition and then I turn my hair back over and rinse with low water pressure so as not to break up the curls that are on the top of my head that have just found each other.  Finally, I turn the water to complete cold, no hot water. In the winter it sounds like this (hugh hugh hugh!…panting noises, sounds of icy pain) in my shower and then in the summer it sounds like this (ahhhhhh! Cool relief!)  But it is complete cold, not like cool…its actually cold.  It’s like the cold water rinse you get when you go to the spa.

Yes it’s painful, but here’s the thing that changed my relationship to the pain. That cold water rinse, it’s actually really good for cellulite! [laughter].  Have you ever been to the Korean spas and seen the open fist pounding they do?  Well, I will sometimes do that in the shower, under the cold water, across my rear and my legs.  

I go hard in the paint for this hair and this body!

So the other thing is that while in the shower, I apply my products to soaking wet hair. Right now I’m loving Optimum Salon Haircare 6-in-1 Miracle OilI use it a couple of different ways. Unlike most oils, the consistency is more like water…it doesn’t come out slowly when you pour it out of the bottle, so I have actually transferred the oil to my own bottle and I have a couple of different ways that I apply it to my hair. If I’m traveling and it’s just in the bottle that it comes in, I try to put it in my hands in little bits and I kind of do sections and then I take my hair and I squish my hair with all the water in so that it gets evenly distributed throughout my hair. But the other thing that is really helpful is that I put it in a little diffuser, like a pump bottle, and it’s actually thin enough in it’s consistency that it comes out like that and it also gets evenly distributed through my hair. In the summer that’s all I need to achieve a beautiful wash and go.


Then, if I’m putting it in a bun, I’ll use the Optimum Salon Haircare Miracle Oil Hair Moisturizer which makes my hair shiny but doesn’t weigh it down.  It’s really rare to find an oil that doesn’t leave your hair greasy…but still leaves it shiny.  It’s also rare to find an oil that doesn’t weigh you hair down, but kind of smoothes the cuticle. There are some oils that either weigh your hair down completely or make your hair look really greasy or worse, you will actually feel it on your skin. This oil penetrates my hair when it’s wet and by the time it dries, the curls have had time to find each other and they kind of coagulate and the product has completely sunken in! I’ve also been known to use this oil around my cuticles and after mixing in some essential oils, apply it to my wet skin to give it that glow.

On tips for women who want to go natural…
With me, anything that I’ve done that I’ve found to be worth it in life, has taken a little time.  It’s taken time to discover it for myself, time to actually be in a relationship with myself in the process of whatever that thing is and its been no different with my hair. It’s been a journey and it will be a journey for you and what works for me will not necessarily work for you, but it might just give you ideas. 

I have three girlfriends with hair very similar to mine and some things work for me but not for them, it is what it is…the process. The suggestions that I’ve given might not be specifically what works for them, but it helps them discover something else that will work for them. My suggestion to anybody that wants to wear their hair similar to me… go toward the internal version of it, instead of the external.  So the thing about my hair is that it is really authentic to me, the way I wear it for certain days and events is really what feels right to me, and my suggestion and encouragement to everyone is to do what feels right to them.  For example, if you are going to a class reunion or your prom, it’s probably not the day to try a new product or a new hairstyle.  If prom is two months away, start experimenting on Sundays or a day that you know you’re going to be at home.  These are the days that you try a new product or a new way of combing your hair out.  Then try it a couple of times, because the thing that I’ve discovered with curls is that they take a minute to find each other. If for example you’re growing out your relaxer or your perm, it takes a minute and if you don’t have the courage or desire or the willingness- because it’s not just about courage, sometimes you can’t, you know some people can’t just chop their hair off- then give it some time! Find a great way to braid your hair.  I’m the one who knows how to braid my hair, I mean know one else knows how to braid my hair. 

It’s not always good in Tracee land.  I’ve had some really bad moments, I was going to a dinner party for a friend’s birthday, and I don’t know what it was, but like my back section looked really good, but the top became this weird puff of horridness and I figured out this way to kind of twist the front of my hair and create a poof. It looked good with the naked eye in the mirror. I caught a glimpse of a photograph however and I was like what the heck was I doing?! And thank God I wasn’t on a red carpet. So you kind of have to experiment and don’t be afraid to take a photograph… I always say this about clothing too. Looking in the mirror, you see your feelings and if you feel good in something it will most likely look good to you, but just because it feels good doesn’t necessarily mean it looks good, especially if you’re going to be on a red carpet. If you look at a photograph of yourself you have a little bit more objectivity.  I used to do it with Polaroid’s, but now I do it with my camera phone and I’ll put the phone on a little kick stand.  When I look crazy I say, ‘I’m glad you enjoyed your little moment putting that on or did your hair like that, but you will not be able to leave the house in that manner’. [Laughter]

On randomness…
I’m excited about my new website! It should be up and running soon! I love your site Nikki, I actually check it quite often, so much that it seems as if we’ve already met. I’m happy we were finally able to connect!


CN Says:
Best damn interview I've ever had in my life.
Stay tuned for a major announcement. Like, MAJOR. 
Oh, and check out Optimum Salon Haircare's Facebook Page
and follow Tracee on Twitter!

137 Chime in!:

Tiffany said...

Great interview! Love her.

Rhonda C said...

Like fine wine, Nik! These interviews just get better with time. Great interview with Ms Ross! I heart her gorgeous curls!

Monica Lake said...

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal!

Pecancurls said...

Nik, what a score!! Awesome interview. Love, love, love Tracee and her fierce hair. I love this: "I’m glad you enjoyed your little moment putting that on or did your hair like that, but you will not be able to leave the house in that manner’." I too have had my fierce moments in the mirror that later turned to horror when I looked at a picture.
Nik, at this rate, an interview with Mrs. O is just around the corner for you. :)

misstiff said...

the first shot in b&w - GORGEOUS!

Bonycle Thornton said...

This just made my damn day...hot damn.

Megan M. said...

This sure is the best damn interview! I screamed as if I saw her in person myself. Felt like I was chillin' talking to an old childhood friend from back in the day lol! Love her and her hair. I am going to do that open pound fist on my rear and legs now in the shower lol! Oh do not forget the cold water,panting noises might be heard lol!

Jeanie said...

im about to jump outta my seat waiting for this announcement!

chai said...

seriously....amazing!!! Love this interview

keisha said...

YES....Tracee Ellis Ross...the interview of the YEAR!!!!! Great interview!

Elizabeth said...

Great interview. She has such beautiful hair and there are hardly any interviews out there with her discussing her hair. GREAT JOB!!!

Davina W. said...

Great interview Nik!

Meika Sterling said...

i really enjoyed reading this interview....Tracee is the bomb

Colette Kimon said...

Great interview! I enjoyed reading it. She seems to have a great sense of humor. I used to watch girlfriends all the time, and I still do watch the re-runs :-)

hunnybun said...

this was like the best interview ever ever ever. I can't wait for the website.

Chica19 said...

Great interview! Did she say the epitome of fabulosity, the first Diva Ms. Ross- pressed her hair using a hot comb on her hair? I love it! Go Diana! Tracee has great hair!

Mars Bar said...

Tracee's hair is EPIC!!! Like my dream hair. Love her!! Great interview!

ShoeHOTLINE said...

Can I tell you that I completely stoped inmy tracks to read this interview. Like let my work phone go to voicemail 3 times yup... And it was so worth it AWESOME interview chica. Ms. Tracee was so worth the wait. Now where is this Major announcement because I can't move until I read i.

Shana Allen said...

Great interview!!

abrunnin said...

awesome interview!! Super excited about her book and website too

MelMelBee said...

Definitely had a Sophia Grace moment with you Nik! Tracee doesn't know how many naturals say "I want the Joan"....LOL! ok...maybe it's just me!

Felicity Rhode said...

Yeeeeeesssss, Nikki! This is too awesome! Tracee is my style, and you are my hair icon! This is too perfect! lol

seriouslyaisha said...

Awesome sauce!!

Donelle Benjamin said...

I didn't want this interview to be over :-(

Natasha said...

Love it...I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw the title...great interview. Tracee is my hair idol!!

Talisha White said...

I haven't even read this article yet, and my thirst is so real..lol.


Even though we don't have the same curl pattern, I've been on my "Joan Clayton" all summer. Big, bushy, beautiful hair!

Latoya said...

Thanks for the interview! I LOVE Tracee, her hair and her style. One of the biggest compliments someone gave me is when they told me is was "so Joan" ! Love it!!!!

Auset Abena said...

I have been waiting for this for so long. Thanks so much. Great interview!

NelleB said...

I know right! She is my hair idol

Natural83 said...

Kudos to you Nikki for finally getting Tracee Ellis Ross on the couch! How awesome is that??? And the fact that she said she checks the site quite often...yaaasssss!!!! I don't think I've seen a hair interview this extensive on Tracee! Bravo!

Brittany Monet said...

Yessssssssssssssssss!! I've been waiting on this interview and it really is the best I've read in... well ever! I love, love, LOVE Tracee <3

Sue said...

Lovely interview!

kwnatural said...

Love TER! Miss Girlfriends terribly!

Great interview Nik... I love it when folks just sit back and jaw!

Tamieka McGibbon said...

Great interview and Tracee seems to personable. Love her hair and the confidence she exudes!

Sherry Beverly said...

Tracee is my hair idol.....great interview....I'm so ready for her book!

Positively Jewls said...

OMG, I jumped right over here when I got the tweet on my phone. Love, love, love Tracee... Cold water for cellulite? I'm on it, lol.. Great job Nikki. :) Think I May have to home and watch some GF re-reuns.

jada07 said...

Awesomeness!!!!

Brittbritt said...

So who went out immediately after reading this and tried to find that Optimum hair oil and hair creme? *slowly raises hand* I couldn't find it though! lol Womp! But great interview Nikki!

Tasha26 said...

I love tracee's hair! More importantly, I love this interview! This is the most detailed and in depth interview I've ever read on CN or any other site for that matter. I love that she really took the time to explain what she does now as well as what she did/what was going on with her hair during the different seasons of Girlfriends. This was so cool and humble of her. Love it!

Ashlei said...

ahhhhhhhhh..thats all i can get out..*jaw drops*

amarie615 said...

I, too did not want this interveiw to be over. Love it!

BrwnSkinnedLoca said...

Tracee is about to have me pounding all on my thighs & butt under cold water in the shower for less cellulite! haha! I love her & her hair!! AHHH!

My Will said...

Love Tracee and this interview was great!

Wanett said...

DITTO!!

Wanett said...

Great interview!! I love to laugh while learning something new! Cold water body rinse? I'm on it! Optimum hair oil? I'm on it!! Lol

Courtney Jenkins said...

AMAZING INTERVIEW! I love her so much!

Lala85 said...

OMG...luvin me some Traci. Thanks Nikki for the wonderful post. You have just made my Wednesday!

Mcdee said...

YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!!! GREAT FEATURE OF TRACEE.

@thoughtthnkr said...

OMG, OMG, OMG!!! Joan/Tracee the Queen of the Natural Hair World! Fire Interview! To this day I wanna be Joan! Congrats to the Natural Hair Princess @CurlyNikki on getting a chance to get the interview of every Natural Grls dreams!

Natural83 said...

I know right! She did say "tommorrow,Michelle"! Hmmmmm?!?!?!?!?! Make ya wonder! lol

Brooke B. said...

I can't believe you got an interview with Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross. That was amazing, I felt like I was catching up with an old friend. I can't wait for her website launch.

nelle said...

WTG Nikki!!!
she is my first and favorite hair inspiration : )

Jamiah Prince said...

Loved this interview I have been waiting to read about her hair routine thanks Nikki!

Raelo said...

This is perhaps the BEST darn curlyview that I've read (not that your others' have not been fabulous). Tracee described a situation that I've previously only been able to express with emoticons. Henceforth when curl separation causes me to make the :-/ face I will be reminded that "my curls just need to find themselves." I swear by the "shower wash-n-go” (which I affectingly call "The Becky"). When I tell people that I don’t touch my hair once I step out of the shower they often look at me in disbelief. But I have found that the more I try to “fix” my hair the more I disrupt my natural curl pattern. I get perfection when I add product to soaking wet hair in the shower, followed by a little water, then a little more product, then a tad more water, and finish with a vigorous shake. There is something fantastically liberating about stepping out of the shower, sitting under a hooded dryer for 5 min (just to eliminate the “Soul Glo” drip), and walking out the door.
Bravo CN! Mrs. O (Obama) is next… or maybe Ms. O (Winfrey) wants to sit on the couch.

Sydney said...

Gorgeous!

sam said...

You should state that she is a paid endorser of Optimum products. I was feeling the interview at first...then came the commercial.

Gaye Glasspie said...

I felt like I was in the interview with you guys! Bravo! I love her even more now!! Well done Ms Nikki..Well done!

Gaye Glasspie said...

hahahahahahaaaa yes!!

MyNaturalCurlyLife said...

**squealing on the inside**

Ree said...

Squuuueeeeee! Big time fan girl here. Glad you landed your biggest hair idol "get" so far. :)

Donna Lee said...

BEST INTERVIEW EVER!!! I LOVE HER :-)

Donna Lee said...

Neither did I...lol

K.Nicole Williams said...

Was this sponsored by Optimum or does she now have a contract with them? I ask because two of their products were mentioned and bolded/linked as was their page plugged at the end of the interview. Not saying that those products don't work well for her, it just sounds like it's a sponsored post. Forgive me if this question was asked in the previous 59 comments I didn't read them.

Jillian said...

Nikki if you were Sophia Grace I was her little cousin Rosie. Just as excited but too nervous to do much of anything lol. I have been waiting for you to do this interview!!!! Too excited over here...feeling like I actually spoke to her. Thanks a million for this one and Tracee for gracing us!

Janele said...

In the words of Tasha Mack, "She's my shero!". Loved the interview.

Sue said...

The just announced NYC meetup will be sponsored by Optimum and Tracee Ellis Ross will make a special appearance.

Miss Anne said...

Absolutely wonderful interview... wooohooooo this was such a good read!!! go Nikki, go Nikki! Amazing!

naturaldiva23 said...

I dunno, but I liked all of the detailed instructions she game on her routine...plus the opportunity to meet Tracee. I'm in NJ so I def got my RSVP in! Truly epic interview. Nikki did it even bigger this time.

Devon Warner said...

What an awesome interview Nikki! Ahh, now I need those products in my arsenal!

J said...

side-eye to the product placement...I still adore me some Joan Clayton...and that luscious hair...is Reed Between The Lines coming back???....oooooh that luscious hair

Faye said...

Loved it! That WAS the best darn interview Nikki! LOL! Her hair is most definitely the goal for many Naturalistas and I am most def one of them! I know we don't have the same texture but it doesn't stop me from wanting to go and get that oil and try some of her techniques! Ummm...I am not, however, pounding on my self in a cold shower... Yeahhhh - No.

Faye said...

I want to know about that too! That show was my life! POW! (As i want it to be... lol)

Angie Ang said...

Great interview! Thanks for sharing!
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DYTG said...

luv her
www.do-your-thing-girl.blogspot.com

Laxmi said...

Looooved this interview!! It was great reading about bits of her childhood- her mom pressing her hair *awwww* :)) and her hair during the 'Girlfriend' days. WTG Nikki.

MsA said...

Excellent interview with my imaginary fairy god-mother :-)

Ivonne said...

I LOVEEEEE... JOAN!!! so happy to read this interview. I always wanted to know about her hair routine. i love her hair and her style and i love "Girlfriends"

Gwenn4ya said...

I've always loved Tracee Ellis Ross! She is so beautiful and her hair is just simply gorgeous!!! I would of been excited to do this interview too...kinda like Sophia Grace! Ha!!!

SavanahRae said...

lol

TheRealFedup_CoMod said...

Love this interview!!! Love her hair!!,

Natasha Walker said...

So I had to pause and come back to my computer. I remember watching Girlfriends as a teen and staring at Tracee's hair. Great interview! Ive always kind of thought she took all of the hair awe in graciously, but would never really do an interview solely about it. Hot damn, Nikki! You got it! The Queen! lol

Joshay said...

I just love her!

Hilary B. said...

that was such a great interview!! So detailed and informative. I feel like Ms. Ross is THE natural hair icon, or at least one of the most prominent ones from the blogs and hair stories that I read, lol. Y'know? "I've always wanted Tracie Ellis Ross curls" is something that i've read so many times. And for good reason, she has a gorgeous head of hair and it sounds like she's worked really hard at "learning" it. Anyway, sorry for writing a novel. Congrats Nikki!

laporsche jackson said...

Love this! Amazing!

hairscapades said...

Such an awesome interview!!! She seems so warm and genuine!! I met her for a hot second last fall at the screening of the Reed Between the Lines pilot. I was so excited and I think I even mentioned something about her being a hair idol. Sure I sounded like a random dweeb, but she was very sweet about it! LOL!! Hope I make the cut for the NYC meet-up and have the chance to geek out again;) ... not for just one of my hair idols, but two;)!


Shelli

hairscapades said...

Oh, and though my pics were pretty sucky, I did take a whole bunch of Tracee from the screening! LOL!! Here's the post for anyone interested:


http://hairscapades.com/2011/10/11/hair-crush-alert/

Foxyrou said...

Wow! She provided the readers with a wealth of information. I want to know more of her hair tips. C'mon Tracee tell it all!!! :D

BajanRhonda said...

Enjoyed the interview my hair idol finally!!! Thanks Nikki......

Nichole said...

Tracee is like the original Curlfriend. Loved her on Girlfiends. I think I stopped watching tv after the show went off the air. We so need a reunion with the ladies.

hairscapades said...

Just had to chime back in again. You know what I love about that first pic and want to point out? Look at the irregularity of her hair pattern. There are kind of straight pieces on the left and bottom right, it's coarser on the top with a less definitive curl .... and we LOVE it! I think we are often too hard on our own hair, looking macroscopically, dissecting every single curl, expecting perfectly uniform perfection. But Tracee's curls aren't like this and she is the hair idol of many a natural. At the end of the day, we need to look at our hair, our selves as a whole and appreciate the beauty of imperfection. #justsayin ;)


#thatisall

Shelli

Kimberly said...

I bet you're pregnant (I wonder how Boogie is going to take news like that, I can just see her), good interview and Tracee is a great story teller just like you. I think it's the best interview yet, thanks Tracee you're beautiful and I love you too.

jzycaramel said...

she has always been and will always be my hair idol. truth be told one of the celebrity influences for my reason to go natural too

CorettaJG said...

Me either!

Kudos said...

Umm yes, soon as I read that I was like, open hand pound...
"I go hard in the paint for this hair and this body!"
Yes, indeed!

ky said...

THE curl GOD! thanx nikki!

Esther Komolafe said...

Great interview!

ambrey watkins said...

yeah so i just had a hair swoon moment. and i will be in pout mode the whole day after also reading about the nyc event. (crocodile tears)

Angela B. said...

Great interview!!! Tracee provided so many details. Pure awesomeness :) I absolutely adore Tracee's hair. It's so nice that you got to interview her. Good job, Nikki!

Curly_Boo said...

loved this interview!! i've always admired Tracee's huge hair. I will be starting my quest at Walmart, Sally's and Boom-Boom's for that D4 rubber brush and Optimum Oil :)
I rinse out my conditioner with cold water but I don't take it to the painful level but still leave my hair feeling smooth, sotf, and plush. But whew-i don't make it painful, lol.

JESS said...

BEST DAMN INTERVIEW!!!! THIS IS A REAL NATURAL CELEBRITY WHO KNOWS HER HAIR LIKE NO OTHER....iM SAVING THIS

KitKat said...

and with that you have said it all, so agree.

Princess Dayana said...

This is awesome Nikki!!! OMG She was my inspiration for letting my hair be!! (i.e. wear it natural). My very first regimen was based of an interview she did a few years back. I am somewhat relieved that I'm not the only one changing up the products and the routines! Congrats on this interview Nikki, I know you enjoyed it as well!

Carmen said...

I. Adore. This. Woman. Love her hair, personality, body, style, she's a great actress..love her! My fav interview, too Nikki!!

Carmen said...

Me either!

Bevy said...

Loves her even more now!!

hairscapades said...

LMBO!! I already do the cold water rinses for the hair, I'm going to have to remember the part two technique for the body!! LOL!!

Kay said...

So how much was she paid for the Optimum endorsement? Looks like a media spree. Curly Nikki interview, check. NYC event check. I like her hair, as I do many types and textures of hair I just don't think it results from Optimum. I don't like when black hair companies think that we are sheeple. But what is L'oreal/Soft Sheen Carson to do with all these independent black women coming out with their own lines in their home kitchens and making serious money? They go to a reputable blog and a celebrity who's curls are worshiped by some (another topic). I'm sure many of you see through this, and have read some of the comments posted already questioning the authenticity of some (not all) of the things Tracee is saying here.

Anicka Smith said...

i have always love her hair!

prettyparticular said...

Me too Ambrey! I REALLY wish I could be in NYC.

Jessica Coletrain said...

Great interview. The cold water rinses sounds like a great idea, but that takes some dedication. Don't know if I'm ready to go that hard and deep yet.

Gloria said...

Wonderful interview!

Joyce said...

so you didn't like the interview??? i thought it was amayayazing...

Davina916 said...

Great interview!

J said...

She did an interview in the NY time in December and this is an excerpt:

TT: How do you keep your hair so fabulous looking?

TER: When I’m not working, I spend a lot of time on my hair. When it’s time for my hair to get some rest, I either wear it in a ponytail, bun or my favorite “milkmaid” braid. My everyday essentials are Kim Kimble satin rubber bands, Bumble and Bumble Quenching Complex leave-in conditioner, Aestelance Hydrate leave-in conditioner. When slicking my hair into a clean pony, bun or braid, I mix a little Moroccanoil with water and smooth it on. The shampoo and conditioners I use depend on how I’m styling my hair — that list is reeeally extensive.

Now, I feel like this whole interview was a product placement ad or some sort of infomercial for soft sheen. Love her hair, just feel some kind of way about the interview. Like its not genuine.

Yavonkia Jenkins said...

Nikki I'm so excited to see your interview with Tracee! She is my birthday twin (we'll be 40 in October) and one of my favorite actresses, and also one of my best friends (in my head of course) Great interview!

Nisha T. said...

Exactly! I feel the same. The interview most have been waiting for seems very inauthentic now. Oh, well. I used to really love this site but it, as well, has become more inauthentic. I loved when it was about "regular" naturals but it seems it's more about celebrities and products more than anything. I understand everyone has to make a living and I say do you. I also understand when something no longer serves a purpose in my life. Thanks for the early help, Curly Nikki. The old feel is truly missed. I wish you the best.

Karen said...

I'm sorry but I'd just like to say that your ignant as hell...both of you! Do you mean to tell me that you didn't like that long, thurough and humble ass interview...for real? (SMH) Celebrities get paid to endorse things, thats what they do...duh. That doesn't mean that she isn't in the shower doing exactly what she said she was doing. If you want to use another product, do that boo boo.. what the hell does that have to do with rinsing with cold water or applying productt in the shower to soaking wet hair. I swear, you have the audacity to read the interview, enjoy it and then take the time out of your day to come in here and hate on it and Nikki. Also why are you mad at Nikki, she just did the interview, the responses were Tracee's. How is Nikki responsible for what Tracee says... I swear its chicks like you that had Solange in here acting a fool. Please ignore this foolishness Nikki and keep doing you, I for one loved the damn interview.

... said...

I loved this interview, but you also have to understand that with celebrity comes influence. So product placement to influence your fans/readers choices based moreso on your *possibly paid* endorsement rather than genuine results, now you have to understand why that may be an issue. Products ain't cheap. However, another possibility may be product placement for a product you truly believe in at the time, and contacting them letting them know you will be endorsing them and getting paid/ working out deals and contracts that way. That to me seems a more genuine way of getting paid, but who are we to know these things.

Kammy said...

she mentions optimum like twice and all of a sudden it is an endorsement or it isn't authentic? she literally spoke about when she was younger, the techniques she used and what works now...stop being so judgmental or skeptical about every single thing people.

prettyparticular said...

Ok...she's a celebrity so she is probably being paid to endorse the product. Everything we see/buy/want is endorsed by someone. But to discredit the entire interview because she pushes two products near the end is a litte over board to me.
Also, you cite an interview from December where she names other products as her fave for what reason. To say that she is lying about what products she REALLY likes? I mean really, she says in the interview above that she is "constantly discovering new products". That is a true statment for a great number of naturals including me. I couldn't even tell you what I using back in December. Other than the products, her regimen basically seems the same. I don't care if she uses Optimum products or not, I'm not going out to buy them but I still love her...hair, body, fake product listing and all. lol

ElleX said...

Tracee, you are so FABULOUS! Just like your mom, Diana "THE BOSS" Ross!!!

Natural Beauty said...

LOVED this interview.
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Courtney Iisycksc Pro Cruise said...

"I go hard in the paint for this hair and this body!". Looove it!

CurlyAddy said...

Absolutely amazing interview ! I'm a huge fan of Tracee Ross and always adored her curls on Girlfriends. Thank you for finally interviewing her.

SavanahRae said...

I know so many women have bookmarked this interview lol

Denae said...

I think you just took that waaay too far...both Nikki and Tracee both seem like genuine down to earth people. There are interviews with regular people on this site almost everyday! Just because she pushed those two products in the interview doesn't mean she doesn't actually use them or that the interview is "fake" or a "lie". And Nikki had no control over her answers so really...I'm sorry but everything you just said is a bunch of crap. If you didn't like the interview thats fine but discrediting this whole site because of it is a whole 'nother issue entirely.

Genesis said...

This was the best darn thing I read in YEARS!

Derika said...

I LOVED this interview! She seems like such a nice person!

Derika said...

Same here! lol

Raine said...

What Chi or other iron is she using on her hair now? That area was completely vague. I want to staighten or curl my hair without changing the pattern as well. Nurse it back to what it was.

ARW said...

Thanks for the interview. What a honor. I loved your girlfriend's hair.

John Sweet said...

All I can say is what a lovely looking woman!

Valerie said...

Pounding and cold water check!!!

Ger Chiofolo Smith said...

natural groomed is the best

Jacki Whitford said...

I really enjoyed reading about her hair journey. I am on a similar one, having given up relaxers a few years ago and menopausal hormones and age have certainly changed the texture of my hair. I no longer need relaxers, but I do need to keep my hair healthy. That I do from the inside out first - eating well, daily exercise and using good hair products.

Francis Moore said...

LOL, me either. Too bad my hair isn't the same texture as hers. I don't what to do with my ya'll. Everything good for it, makes it itch. It doesn't fit my face. If I wear it out........like in a twist out or wash and go it get tangled and the growth gets stunted. People are telling me to do a press. But I don't want to.

Aisha said...

Great interview. I love Tracee's style and spirit.

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