Taraji P. Henson's friends turn to her for haircare advice

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji. P. Henson knew there was a market for her haircare products because her friends were always turning to her for advice.

Earlier this year, the Empire actress launched her haircare line TPH by Taraji, which features formulas she created herself to help women with dense hair or weaves clean all of their natural hair as well as their scalp.

She knew there was a market for her products and her applicator design because her friends would ask for her haircare advice and she received a positive response when they tested out her formulas.

"Often you have so many products and you just don't know how to use them. But because I formulated these myself, I can tell you exactly what to do, how to use them, when to use them and what I do for my hair, because that's what I was finding-people started taking to my hair," she told Essence magazine. "When I would take the weaves out and show my hair, they were like, 'Oh, my God. How did you do it? How did you do it?' It would have been so hard for me to try to explain. I went on vacation with girlfriends and they had protective styles and were complaining about their scalps itching. I said, 'Try this.' I put the apparatus all together. They were like, 'Oh, my God. I've never felt this.' I was like, 'I'm onto something.'"

Elsewhere in the interview, the 49-year-old candidly shared her thoughts on ageing, and said that while she enjoys looking youthful, she doesn't always feel it.

"I know we all are enamoured and we're in love with how 'black don't crack', and we all love the youthfulness, and yes, I'm pushing 50 and we that b**ch and all of that," she continued. "Yes, that's great, but let's be real. There are things that happen to us physically and we get so caught up in the aesthetics that we really never talk about peri-menopause, menopause. And how that directly affects you mentally. Depression, lows and you not knowing where this s**t is coming from."

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