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ABC's new scripted series "mixed-ish" got off to a good start in its television premiere on September 24, 2019. The series, about mixed race children who strive to fit in with their Black counterparts, is a spin-off of ABC's black-ish.

mixed-ish topped black-ish in the TV ratings with a 0.8 rating and 4 million viewers. black-ish, which follows mixed-ish at 9:30 p.m., dipped slightly with a 0.8 and 3.52 million viewers.

mixed-ish is the brainchild of black-ish star and executive producer Tracee Ellis Ross, the 46-year-old biracial daughter of R&B icon Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Silberstein.

Ross plays Bow, short for Rainbow, on black-ish. Newcomer Arica Himmel plays 12-year-old Bow on mixed-ish.

In the third episode of mixed-ish, titled "Let Your Hair Down," young Bow struggles with her decision to keep her natural curls or straighten her hair with a relaxer to fit in easier with the Black girls at school.

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In a recent interview with TV Guide, Ross says she wanted to do an episode on her loosely curled hair.

"I always say I could chronicle my journey of self-acceptance through my journey with my hair," Ross told TV Guide via phone.

"There is a breadth of story, a narrative, in black women and our hair — and that specific part of that community that is mixed women and what that means as you navigate two different cultures, both in your household and out in the world. I knew that when mixed-ish got picked up and we knew what was happening, I was really strong about the fact that we needed to do [a hair episode] and do it early on in the season. It's one of those stories that is so specifically of the mixed experience."

Bow's younger brother, Johan (Ethan Childress), also has issues with his hair that isn't tightly coiled enough to have the same haircut as his favorite Black rappers, and too textured to style like the popular white kids in school.

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Tracee Ellis Ross is launching a new haircare line for biracial and mixed race women who struggle to manage their loose curly hair.

Although mixed race women are envied for their so-called "good hair", most mixed race women say they struggle to maintain their frizzy curls that tangles easily.

Ross has the answer to their problem. The 'Black-ish' star said her new haircare line Pattern Beauty will "fulfill the unmet needs of our community".

Although the line is targeted toward the mixed race community, Black women with a tighter curl pattern than their mixed race sisters can also use Ross' products.

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The 46-year-old Scorpio announced her new line on Instagram.com on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

"@patternbeauty is here to empower," Ross wrote.

"@patternbeauty is for those of us who need more than a quarter size of product. large conditioner sizes that actually fulfill the unmet needs of our community. accessible pricing because everyone should have access to their most beautiful hair in their own shower, and gorgeous packaging that conjures the legacy of our history and makes us all feel like the royalty that we are."

Pattern Beauty products will include a shampoo, three targeted conditioners, a leave-in conditioner, two hair serums, a shower brush, a hair clip and a microfiber towel to enhance and nourish curls.

Ross said she spent two years working with chemists in order to select the seven initial formulas with safe ingredients.

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"I'm excited for PATTERN to join the natural hair movement, and to celebrate our hair for what it is: beautiful!" she said.

The products will go on sale Monday at patternbeauty.com and on Sept. 22 at Ulta stores. Prie range from $9 to $42.
 

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Thrilled to introduce PATTERN // my new hair care brand specifically for curly, coily, and tight textured hair.?? ?? @patternbeauty is the result of 20 years of dreaming, 10 years in the making (I wrote my first brand pitch in 2008, right when girlfriends finished ) and 2 years of working with chemists. I’m so excited to share this with y’all. ?? ?? @patternbeauty is here to empower and nourish curly, coily and tight-textured hair. 3b to 4c. The formulas are unique and packed with luscious & safe ingredients-trust me I know, because my panel and I tried 74 different samples to get these 7 formulas for phase one.?? ?? @patternbeauty is for those of us who need more than a quarter size of product. large conditioner sizes that actually fulfill the unmet needs of our community. accessible pricing because everyone should have access to their most beautiful hair in their own shower, and gorgeous packaging that conjures the legacy of our history and makes us all feel like the royalty that we are. ?? ?? I’m excited for PATTERN to join the natural hair movement, and to celebrate our hair for what it is: beautiful! The line will be available on patternbeauty.com this Monday, September 9 at 9am ET!!!! #RockYourPattern

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