Good Hair Reviews
Chris Rock begins his journey to find out why his daughter questions the quality of her hair. He attends multiple places around the world to discover where the "good hair" is. He attends convention that is solely based on the Bronner Bros hair competition and selling of hair extensions. He visits hair salons where women are getting their hair done to ask them questions about how their hair is paid off, what price it is, and more. In addition to get women's opinion, he interviews women like Nia Long and Eve, celebrities that can tell them about their experience with relaxers and weave.
He researches the chemicals found in relaxers, how early most children begin to use them, and how some don't go back to natural once using it. Not only does he look at relaxers, Rock looks at wigs, extensions, tracks, and sew-ins. He tries to become educated on the price values of Asian or Caucasian hair and African American hair. Rock concludes with a message to his daughters about what he learned in his journey and how they should be advised when trying to attain "good hair".
As someone who has now sworn off relaxers, I believe natural hair is beautiful and doesn't need to be permanently altered. However, I also do believe what one person might think is "good hair" another won't agree. I can admit I've been influenced by recent trends to chop of my relaxed ends and embrace my natural curl pattern. When I was in middle school people saw my natural afro as dirty and ugly. Now everyone is trying to get the curl patterns I have that naturally grow out my scalp. I wish the documentary talked more about how history influenced multiple women to damage their natural hair to make white people. I think if he showed that aspect, people could make the connect of how African American culture has been suppressed in many other ways. I do wear braids with extensions now to lessen the hassle of dealing with my hair every morning, but I stand by the use or relaxer or no relaxer. However, I do not advocate for the use of relaxer to make others more accepting, respectable, or to make the person "beautiful". The way someone does their hair shouldn't determine who they are, whether they get the job or not, or whether they are beautiful.
If you are someone who is having troubles understanding why African Americans wear extensions or don't understand why most African American women think their natural pattern isn't good, I would recommend this documentary for you. I believe this would be best for those type of people because the film educates you on where the "good hair" came from, why people believe this way, and how to get the hair everyone is wearing/talking about. However, I feel like Chris Rock could have done a better job of telling African American woman's story about hair better because it was mainly stereotypical girls with their extensions and attitude. There was some parts of the film that I found cringe-worthy and shocking. Chris Rock tried to show how our natural state of hair was nearly worthless, but in doing so it felt like he embarrassed African American women and make jokes that Caucasians with stereotypical beliefs about weave would laugh at.
-- Obioma N.
this shows a fascinating analyzation of hair and how it creates dissension within the black community
what most people don't know is that the hair culture is a billion dollar industry; it employs many black men and women, other parts of the world like India give it away because of religious reasons, and you can actually get an education from it all
it's mainly popular with Asians and African Americans so there's also a lot of things people don't consider when it comes to black womens' hair
it's true that it costs money, it can or cant be a part of intimacy, women will always point fingers at one another as to how they should look or appear to everyone else
there's also the health risks involved from using certain chemicals in the follicles to how old you should be taking care of your hair
Chris Rock is hilarious going from interviewee to interviewee trying to understand how he should tell his own kids what their hair means to them
great questions and answers from Eve to Nia Long to Meagan Goode to Ice-T to T-Pain to Al Sharpton to Salt-n-Pepa to Raven Simone to Lauren London
it's very different for black men and black women to maintain their own hair styles but they do so to the best of their abilities to make a living and spread more about the culture most overlook
odd but interesting documentary
We follow Chris Rock through the barber shops and hair salons, through the places in India where hair is collected for wigs, all as he examines the major industry of African-American hair care and what people are willing to do to themselves to look 'good'.
Well worth a look, recommended.