Hulu’s New Docu-Series The Hair Tales Is a Love Letter to Black Women

In 2019, Tracee Ellis Ross launched Pattern, the hair care line that would inspire women from all backgrounds to embrace and nurture their coils and curls with a range of products designed just for them. As an actor and a Black woman, Ross has pushed for better representation in Hollywood in the same spirit. Her portrayal of Joan Clayton on Girlfriends (which aired from 2000 to 2008) showcased a story and perspective rarely seen on television at the time. It continues to serve as a touchstone for many Black women navigating life, love, career, and their hair. Furthering her mission, Ross’s latest project is the upcoming Hulu docuseries The Hair Tales, created by Michaela Angela Davis and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Davis, and Ross. “The Hair Tales is an intimate and intentional discovery and exploration of the joy and beauty and power and humanity of Black women told through the metaphor of our hair,” Ross tells Vogue. “We are using hair as an organizing principle.”

The Hair Tales creator and executive producer Michaela Angela Davis.

Photo: Courtesy of Onyx Collective

A portal into the hair journies of six powerful barrier-breaking Black women—Issa Rae, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, CHIKA, Marsai Martin, Chloe Bailey, and Winfrey—The Hair Tales hinges on raw storytelling and discussion. “To be able to have an intentional and intimate conversation with Oprah, where I’m the one interviewing her, and to have her have the space to reveal things that I’ve never heard her say before about her own journey is so moving,” says Ross. From horror stories and moments of resilience in the face of adversity to getting to a place of joy and celebration of their natural hair, each interviewee demonstrates tremendous honesty in recounting their experiences.