Tracee Ellis Ross Shows Us How She Creates Her "Cursive" Baby Hairs

Gabi Thorne

Styling your baby hair can be a fun (though sometimes frustrating) activity when you have the right edge control and tools. You can make them look very intricate with loops and spirals, or keep it on the simpler side with a few strategically placed swoops along your hairline. Tracee Ellis Ross went for a more dramatic look in an edge-styling tutorial she shared with her Instagram fans on July 28. 

In under three minutes, the actor shows us how she transforms her "grown woman hair" into "extravagant ramen noodle shapes" using only products from her hair-care line, Pattern Beauty. Ross starts the video with her curls styled into three voluminous messy buns. 

She begins the tutorial by sectioning off tiny pieces of hair along her hairline using the Edge Tool and slicking the strands with the Strong Hold Gel. She creates her "ramen noodle" swoops across her forehead starting with the piece nearest to the center of her head. To keep it in place, she rubs a bit of the honey-colored edge control on her palm before applying it to her baby hair. (The African Pride Extra Hold Braid, Loc, & Twist Gel works wonders as well.) 

"My grown woman hairs are just like grown women. You got to really talk to them, and give them a real reason you want them to go where you want them to go," Ross says as she styles. "They're not just going to go without explanation." She continues to finesse each "baby" hair using her edge brush and the combination of gels.

To finish the job, she adds a final layer of the gel and edge tamer to make sure those strands won't budge. (Try the classic Ampro Shine 'N Jam Extra Hold Conditioning Gel.) The final result is slicked "cursive" baby hair that would make Josephine Baker proud.

This video is the first in a series of tutorials from Pattern Beauty called "Styling Sessions." Hopefully, in her next video, Ross will show us how she gets her Bantu knots to look so neat. 

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