If you’re anything like millions of African American women in America, you’ve spent hours on end with a trusty magazine or two, or maybe even three, seated in a chair at the beauty shop, waiting impatiently for your turn to go from a hot mess to a beauty queen in the making. Being a man, whose salon treatment typically consists of a quick in-and-out fade job done while cracking a few (possibly dirty) jokes, comic Chris Rock decided to take a camera into the women’s world of the salon, and beyond ,to get some insight into the processes that many Black women endure in order to achieve “Good Hair“.
Good Hair, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival, is chock full of Rock’s characteristically candid humor as he uncovers the various treatments women go through to make their locks look good. The funny-man heads into the lab to explore the frightening chemical intensity of most commercially available relaxers– lye vs. no-lye ladies? Rock proves that there really isn’t much of a difference when it comes to the dangers of the “creamy crack”! He also delves into the mythical power of the weave, asking celebrities such as Nia Long, Meagan Good, Raven Symone, Kerry Washington and even Maya Angelou to spill the secrets on the world of “weavy wonders”–a Martin reference for all you out there that were fans of Shenehneh’s epic weaves! The stars speak openly about not only the types of weaves they rock, but also the effect that their various imported Indian hair weaves has on everything from their sex lives (hands off the hair fellas!) to the way they view themselves through the prism of a weave’s social connotations.
Beyond the superficial, Rock makes sure to touch on the more complex issues surrounding the age-old question of “Good Hair”. Why do African American women equate long and straight hair with “good hair”? In this Obama age of racial equality, why are so many women still so skeptical when it comes to abandoning the straightening tools and going for an Angela Davis inspired look? Ultimately, with his young daughters in mind, Chris Rock shows his maturity as he makes the transition from the man behind the straight silliness of Pootie Tang to this smart documentary that wonders why millions of women fail to realize that they are so much more than “Good Hair”!
The film will release in select cities on October 7th, and hits theaters nationwide on October 23rd. Stay tuned to M.I.S.S for some updates on the impending release, and in the meantime laugh your ass off to the hilarious trailer!
Also, take a behind the scenes look at the making of the poster for the film:
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