[Close-Up] Tracee Ellis Ross Is A Textured Goddess For ‘ESSENCE’ Hair Issue

Tracee Ellis Ross
Photo Credit: Itaysha Jordan

Tracee Ellis Ross just gave us our hair lives with a larger-than-life afro slay for her fourth cover spread with ESSENCE. Serving up major goddess vibes, the beauty stuns in a gravity-defying voluminous afro coiffed by natural hair guru Nai’vasha Johnson.

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Tracee has always been natural hair goals, but this may be her best — and tallest — crown of curls, yet. In a few looks, she even rocks an actual braided crown. Yaass hair!


Tracee Ellis Ross X ESSENCE October 2019
Photo Credit: Itaysha Jordan

Tracee said Law “dreamt up a story of royalty,” for the fashion styling, which included sheer gowns with oversized shoulders, structured lines, and even a giant gold bow. She completed the look with a soft nude beat painted by Vera Steimberg.

Tracee Ellis Ross X ESSENCE October 2019
Photo Credit: Itaysha Jordan

Inside, she talks about her new haircare line, Pattern, her journey to success outside of her mother’s glorious shadow and celebrating sisterhood.

On Pattern being more than just about a product:

“I’m really interested in changing how we speak to each other, celebrate each other, love each other, and how we play with our hair.

Click through for more images from the stunning shoot lensed by Itaysha Jordan.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.