Hairstyling Icon Charles Gregory Ross Dies From Coronavirus

Charles Gregory Ross
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Celebrity hairstylist Charles Gregory Ross has died from the coronavirus. The Emmy-nominated hairstylist passed away Wednesday after sharing he tested positive for the disease on March 25.

Ross was a hairstyling legend with decades of experience working behind the scenes as lead hairstylist on film and television series and national campaigns. Most recently, he worked with Tyler Perry on several projects including Madea Goes to Jail, Meet the Browns, The Family That Preys and Zola, as well as Ava DuVernay and Lee Daniels.

“Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with us for many years. The man was warm, loving and hilarious,” wrote Perry wrote on Instagram. “We all loved to see him coming and hear his laughter. Charles lost his battle with COVID-19 today. It saddens me to think of him dying this way. My sincerest prayers are with his family.”


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Dear Black People, Today it’s with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of one of our crew members. Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with us for many years. The man was warm, loving and hilarious. We all loved to see him coming and hear his laughter. Charles lost his battle with COVID-19 today. It saddens me to think of him dying this way. My sincerest prayers are with his family. While everyone can contract this virus it is black people who are dying from it in much larger numbers. This thing is real, black people. I heard a black person say, “Black people don’t get it.” That is a lie! You can get it, and you will get it if we don’t do what we're being told to do. A 26 year old black woman died the other day, a 44 year old black man died the other day, not to mention the hundreds of people that are dying every few minutes. Your age does not matter!! Your health does not matter. You could be totally healthy, and you could die! Now listen to me. You have been right by my side since I started in this business, so please hear me with your heart. I LOVE US. I love our humor. I love our culture. I love our hair. I love our skin. I love everything about who we are. All of us. And I love us all too much to watch us die on the vine because we are the last to know and we are not taking this pandemic seriously. Black people, we are at a disproportionately higher risk of dying from this virus. Please, please, please, I beg you to take this seriously. You have to socially distance yourself. That means stop hanging out, stop congregating, stop doing anything that will put not only your life in danger but also the lives of so many others. STAY HOME!! Socially distance yourself and stay alive! If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for someone you love, and for those who love you. My Mother always told me to not wait for help! Be your own help!

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“He was a BRILLIANT hairstylist and did his MAGIC,” Daniels captioned a tribute on Instagram. “Whenever l complained about anyone’s hair he’d say ‘lemme just slap some grease on it.. it’ll be ok.’ And it was!!! The virus took him today. Please say a prayer for this wonderful man and his family.”

Ross’ extensive list of credits included serving as artistic director for Mizani /Softsheen in the ’90s where he styled national Wave Nouveau campaigns and as head of hair for Survivor’s Remorse. He earned his first Emmy nomination Outstanding Hairstyling in 2005 for Lackawanna Blues and also worked on such films as Drumline, Idlewild, and Vice.

“God bless you and keep you in His Kingdom forever,” wrote DuVernay on a post that Ross had shared on Instagram. “You lit up every room you entered and every path you crossed.. Thank you for your warmth and your wisdom and your wonderful spirit. Please watch over us and keep loving us. We will keep loving you and will never forget you. Your memory will be our blessing.”

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

Stephenetta (isis) Harmon serves as digital media director for Hype Hair and founder/Black beauty directory for Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the premier directory Black-owned beauty brands.