Taraji P. Henson considered career in beauty before becoming an actress

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson would have had a career in the beauty industry had she not become an actress.

The Empire star is currently gearing up for the launch of her debut haircare line, TPH by Taraji, and in a new interview with People, revealed that if she hadn't headed to Hollywood, she would be caring for people's hair, skin, and nails instead.

"I know that if I didn't go into acting, I would have been a cosmetologist," she told the publication, adding that she has always taken her haircare seriously, so her followers on social media value her opinion. "My fans trust me."

TPH by Taraji will be launching in Target stores across the U.S. at the end of January, and the Golden Globe-winning actress still can't believe that her products will be on the shelves for customers to buy.

"It's challenging when you have a dream, because you've got to sell it to the world," the 49-year-old explained. "It's so close, but so far away. And the buildup of having the nerve to say, 'I'm going to do this one day,' then making it happen is just like...wow."

The 18-piece haircare line comes after 10 years of hard work from the mother-of-one, who started creating the products in her own kitchen.

And Taraji is particularly thrilled with the two scalp cleansers in her debut collection - the Never Salty scalp scrub and the Master Cleanse scalp wash - and she hopes that her products will help educate women with textured hair.

"Women think that just because you have your hair braided up under a weave or wig that you don't have to (do anything else). But you have to take care of it," she urged.

TPH by Taraji, priced from $5 to $15 (£4 - £12), is available in Target stores in the U.S. and online, from 29 January.

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