When Chris Rock’s five-year-old daughter asked him why she didn’t have “good hair” (a.k.a. straight and silky), it motivated him to explore the role that hair plays in the self-esteem and pocketbooks of the black community. The result is the very funny and totally fascinating documentary Good Hair (in limited release 10/9).
Rock, with unsurprising wit, interviews professionals in the industry (including the contestants at the annual Bronner Bros. Hair Show in Georgia, which must be seen to be believed), scientists who explain the chemical horrors in relaxers (nicknamed by some of its devotees as “creamy crack”), and digs into the lucrative world of the weave industry which sends him to an eye-opening trip to India. You may be startled at the candid admissions of the famous people Rock interviewed, which include Nia Long, Raven Symoné, Ice-T, and Dr. Maya Angelou. Plus, how did we never know just how funny Reverend Al Sharpton is on the subject of hair?
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