You probably know Taraji P. Henson as the veteran actress who was hailed for her outstanding portrayals of the cross-border mathematician Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures and the fictional renegade matriarch Cookie Lyon in Fox’s Empire. Your acting skills are beyond dispute – that’s just a fact. But if you follow Henson on social media or pay attention to her red carpet appearances, you may have noticed another strength of her: She’s seriously adventurous when it comes to her hair. A self-proclaimed hair chameleon, Henson cycles through braids, bobs, curls, and more vibrant hair colors than anyone in Hollywood without ever skipping a beat. She just does it, but as she said in an exclusive interview with Who What Wear recently, it hasn’t always been.
“When I moved to Hollywood, I had to start wearing woven fabrics because Hollywood hadn’t embraced the natural hair of black women,” she said. “But you just don’t put a tissue in your hair and say, ‘That’s it.’ Sometimes a fabric is a lot more work than a natural one because you wash two different hairs. You wash the woven hair, and you have to stand under it all and take care of your own scalp and hair. “So what happened when she did couldn’t find any products that met this need? She created a hair care line, TPH by Taraji, based on formulations she had created for herself in her kitchen.