CHICAGO — Hulu recently released a new documentary called The Hair Tales. The show is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Tracee Ellis Ross and Michaela Angela Davis. It analyzes the identity, beauty, culture and humanity of black women as expressed through their hair.

To celebrate Hair Tales, several black Chicagoans shared their hair journeys.

“My hair story is that I am a 10-year-old girl with alopecia. I don’t know what it’s like to lose my hair, to be made fun of, to be bullied,” said Antonia Turner, owner of Van Cleef Hair Salon.

Turner has since opened a restoration clinic to help women restore their hair.

“I used this pain that I went through to encourage other people,” Turner said.

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Angelique Montgomery is a client of Van Cleef Hair Salon. Montgomery said her hair journey was a search for health and self-love.

“At the age of 18, I survived cancer. So I went through hair loss and then I went natural,” Montgomery said. “I learned how to love my natural texture, how to work with it and how to style it.”

Montgomery’s stylist, Mikko Dooley, said she hopes the documentary will help people understand just how unique black hair is.

“We were not noticed. A lot of products are not made for our hair,” Dooley said. “So if we tell our stories, companies will start to do more research and understand what’s hurting us and what’s helping us.”

Turner believes The Hair Tales will make black women feel noticed.

“It allows black women to have representation and allows us to see that we are not alone in our journey,” Turner said.

“The Hair Tales” is now streaming on Hulu.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Hulu and that ABC station.

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