Henson, who says that she’s never lost her passion for hair, has been working on her new hair collection, TPH by Taraji, for 10 years. “I was like a mad scientist,” said the Golden Globe winner about creating the line, which she started concocting in her kitchen.
“I know that if I didn’t go into acting, I would have been a cosmetologist,” Henson told People in an exclusive interview.
Her official launch in Target stores on Jan.29, the 18-piece product line was created for every texture, from straight to wavy to curly to coily. The color-coordinated line is divided into four parts: cleansing and care, repair, treatments, and scalp-care. However, Henson told Allure that she particularly wanted to focus on scalp care products due to her own experiences wearing weaves over the years.
“The first time I went to get the weave taken out, it smelled like mildew. I was so embarrassed. I was washing my hair, but wasn’t drying the weft,” she said. “When you have a weave or an install, your hair is braided down and then sometimes they sew a hair net down on top of that and then they sew the hair tracks on top of that. My dilemma was how do I get to my scalp? How do I clean it? I didn’t ever want that mildew smell again.” Her Master Cleanse, the hero product, is inspired by a homemade concoction Henson made specifically to refresh her scalp when she wears weaves.