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The Hair Tales

When the others count us out, we show out. Being CHIKA is a revolutionary act. She cut trauma out of her hair, and stepped into herself as an artistic alchemist. We unpack the unregulated madness of perms, bra strap level goals and the art of Black hair.

The Hair Tales

OWN and Hulu are teaming for the first time on The Hair Tales, a docuseries that focuses on Black women, beauty and identity through the distinctive lens of Black hair. Tracee Ellis Ross executive produces along with Michaela angela Davis, who created the series concept.

In The Hair Tales, narrators and real-life friends Ellis Ross and Davis, lead a revelatory journey of connecting the personal tales of phenomenal Black women to broader societal and historic themes. Watch a teaser above.

Their discussion is part of The Hair Tales, a series that takes an honest, layered look into the sometimes tangled roots of Black hair culture and the role it plays in female identity. The through line is delivered with a mix of intelligence, humor, style, joy, and justice.

Ellis Ross as an Executive Producer of The Hair Tales, as is Winfrey, along with Michaela Angela Davis. Taking viewers on a revelatory journey via the personal tales of six phenomenal women who give broader context to societal and historic themes, the series features Emmy nominee Issa Rae, Grammy nominees Chlöe Bailey and Chika, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and black-ish star Marsai Martin.

Parents need to know that The Hair Tales is a docuseries hosted by actress, activist, and entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross. In it, she interviews iconic Black women like Oprah, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and Emmy nominee Issa Rae about their relationship with their hair and how the stories of their hair have shaped who they are. Other contributors -- influencers, scholars, journalists, hair care professionals -- weigh in with their own hair tales. The show carefully and purposefully discusses history and themes that have changed the narrative about Black hair over the years, all while celebrating the versatility and universality of Black hair with positive messages, positive role models, and beautiful diverse representations.

In THE HAIR TALES, host Tracee Ellis Ross sits down with legendary Black women from Oprah to Issa Rae to discuss their relationships with their hair. It also features the stories of everyday women whose tales reveal that the diversity and versatility of Black hair are a uniting force within the Black community. The many perspectives shared in each episode show that Black hair is to be celebrated by all. The docuseries highlights the history of Black hair care and the impacts of Black hair on society and culture.

This meaningful docuseries exudes inspiration and empowerment. The Hair Tales is an important watch for people of all ethnic backgrounds -- there's lots to learn and unlearn about Black hair, Black history, and Black culture. The intentionality in the selection of celebrity guests effectively draws in a wide viewership, and Black viewers will be able to relate to some aspect of each episode. This well-done series is right on time, especially as society redefines the standard of beauty.

Families can talk about perspectives of Black hair in The Hair Tales. How do the different women convey the idea that their hair is their crowning glory? What theme about resilience do the various hair stories tell?

OWN released a new trailer for the docuseries The Hair Tales that highlights all the facets of a Black woman's hair. From the history that influenced their style to the artistry that goes into creating such intricate and beautiful hairdos and the identity that the hair ultimately is a part of, the show will explore everything about hair through the personal stories of influential Black women. As the footage indicates, the conversations will go much farther, examining the relationship of hair with the culture and humanity of these women and how it has often been suppressed over the years. Created by Michaela angela Davis (Hair Tales: The Parlor) and Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish), the series premieres on October 22 on Hulu and OWN.

The trailer shows off Black hair of all shapes and sizes before diving into how these styles are only possible today because of years of changes surrounding the perception of hair. Before it was celebrated, Black hairstyles often had a stigma attached to them and many men and women would straighten their hair to be more "presentable" or to meet white beauty standards. The result was a generation of people growing up to be ashamed of what they were born with, an experience the series' guests echo through stories of their youth. Through those stories, Hair Tales aims to connect hair with humanity for Black women.

Davis is returning to an old concept with The Hair Tales, previously creating Hair Tales: The Parlor, a 2016 micro doc miniseries revolving around a similar concept and featuring the likes of Regina King, Tasha Smith, and Mara Brock Akil among others. Davis joined forces with her good friend Ross to bring her idea to a larger scale through OWN with six one-hour episodes instead, allowing for longer, deeper conversations and stories all about Black hair.

To Tracey and Oprah, I am Vanessa Harper, been in the haircare industry 30+ years Hair Tale is outstanding. I have always dreamed of doing a documentary based on challenges women have with their hair, also the discoveries God has shared over the years. I would love to be a part of your movement when given the opportunity. I would like to share some experiences and observations that can help women around the world. Thank you in advanceVanessa Harper

Premiering on Hulu and OWN Oct. 22, the six-part series focuses on all of the facets of a Black woman's hair. It also includes stories of how hair has impacted each of the show's guests in terms of identity, creativity and how they are perceived.

The Pattern Beauty hair care founder is the executive producer, co-creator and host of the series, which features guests like Oprah Winfrey, Issa Rae, Chloe Bailey, Marsai Martin, Michaela Angela Davis, rapper Chika, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley and more.

"It's an exploration on the identity of Black woman told through the metaphor of our hair, so using hair as sort of an organizing principal to talk about our humanity," Ross told "GMA." "It really is about the joy and the celebration and the discovery of the identity of Black women ... so often that identity is decontextualized in our world and also told through struggle and hardship, but there's so much joy and so much beauty."

\"It's an exploration on the identity of Black woman told through the metaphor of our hair, so using hair as sort of an organizing principal to talk about our humanity,\" Ross told \"GMA.\" \"It really is about the joy and the celebration and the discovery of the identity of Black women ... so often that identity is decontextualized in our world and also told through struggle and hardship, but there's so much joy and so much beauty.\"

MadameNoire is a sophisticated lifestyle publication that gives African-American women the latest in fashion trends,black entertainment news, parenting tips and beauty secrets that are specifically for black women. Black womenseek information on a wide variety of topics including African-American hair care, health issues, relationshipadvice and career trends - and MadameNoire provides all of that.

Manon Bushong is currently an Editorial Intern at The Tease. Manon adores liquid eyeshadows, thrifting, and spontaneously changing her hair color. Manon loves experimenting with semi-permanent hair color, and her favorite brands for them are Overtone and Loreal Colorista.

"Surrounded by brilliant voices of academic and cultural leaders, gifted hairdressers, and extraordinary sisters, the series presents a collage of resilience, style and purpose," an official description reads.

Parents often tell me that they shave their baby's head because it will make their hair grow in thicker. Unfortunately, that's not true, and all you'll have is a bald baby. Hair texture and growth rate are determined by genetics, and the only time a person's hair will change is if they've had chemotherapy.

Another one is that eating carrots or the heels or crusts of bread will make your child's hair curly. If only this one was true. Again, back to genetics. Eating healthy food will make your hair look good, but it has nothing to do with curls. There is one positive truth about eating the crusts of bread though. It actually contains eight times the anti-oxidants of any other part of the bread.

Then there's the thought that you should wash your child's hair until it squeaks, hence getting it squeaky clean. Forget this one. Shampooing your child's hair until it squeaks strips the hair shafts of natural oils and can make it dry and frizzy. Stick to lathering just once and rinsing thoroughly with a shampoo that is made for children and it is safe if it gets into their eyes, which you know it will.

Finally, there's the old wives' tale about how if your baby comes out with a full head of hair that would explain all the heartburn you had during pregnancy. Surprisingly, researchers have found this one to be true in some cases, although they're not really quite sure how. Wasn't the case for me, I had bad heartburn and two bald babies. So this one too, really, should be taken with a grain of salt. 041b061a72


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