Tracee Ellis Ross’ hair reflects her legacy


Tracee Ellis Ross uses her hair to channel her family’s “legacy”.

The Black-ish actress’ parents are superstar singer Diana Ross and music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein, and in addition to inheriting her mother’s talent, Tracee is also lucky enough to have been blessed with Diana’s distinct tresses.

Diana Ross at the Ladder 49 Premiere
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“I come from a family of a lot of hair – my mom always wore her hair very frizzy throughout the ’80s,” Tracee told Us Weekly. “I think one of the other things that is very important to me is allowing the legacy of my story that comes through my hair, both my ethnicity and my parents, and what I come from, to live in the story of my hair. I really lean into that, whether it’s calling on traditional hairstyles that have existed with hair that is similar to mine or leaning into what my hair naturally does…”

The 44-year-old actress avoids using heat on her hair via damaging tools, and embraces any hairstyles that make her feel elegant and “sexy”. Tracee also finds herself regularly “pushing up against” limitations in the beauty industry when it comes to what is considered attractive by picking non-cliche options.

“(It’s a restricted beauty culture) that says that certain ethnic hairstyles or textures, different coils, and all of these different kinds of textures of hair don’t have space in what is considered beautiful or sexy,” she sighed. “I don’t agree with that, and a lot of times those are the choices that I make for how I’m going to wear my hair.”


She went on to share some of her favorite ‘dos from over the years, citing an event in February 2016 in which she flaunted bangs as one where she felt “studiously sexy”.