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Tracee Ellis Ross inspired to start haircare line after landing role on Girlfriends

American Music Awards 2017 in Los Angeles
Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross was inspired to start her haircare line after starring on the U.S. sitcom Girlfriends.

The 48-year-old launched Pattern Beauty in 2019, which is dedicated to caring for Black hair, including curls and tight textures, and revealed that she was first prompted to look into creating a haircare line after landing a role on the hit show.

“It started out for me because I couldn’t find products and wasn’t seeing my natural beauty mirrored back to me in the world. Then when I got on Girlfriends, I realised that I was not the only one. There were so many people who were looking for products that actually met their hair where it was and how it grows out of our head,” she said during an appearance on The Tonight Show.

“So I tried, and tried, and tried for 10 years, and finally I decided to do it by myself. It’s been the most rewarding thing to be a CEO and founder,” Tracee added, noting that while it’s a lot of work, it’s also “so much fun.”

Girlfriends aired from 2000 to 2008, and followed the lives of four best friends, played by Tracee, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Jill Marie Jones, who were living and working in Los Angeles.

The Black-ish star has previously opened up on what inspired her to start the haircare brand, and she told Elle last year that she didn’t feel she had the right products to give her hair the love it needed.

“There was a void, in both seeing ourselves in our natural, authentic beauty, and also having products that would work for us to do our hair naturally – to wear it the way it naturally came out of our heads,” she explained.

– Cover Media