Hair is a big deal. My own obsession with my hair has been broadcast from this very place several times. And from the looks of it, a lot of other people think about hair a lot too. This post will get on average 20 – 40 views per day; I’ve always found that so interesting. It seems that women are always on a quest to update their do and that there is something powerful when we do. Cate, Gweneth and Natalie are not the only ones to experience liberation by removing most of their locks, women do it every day and I’m always astounded by the number of people directed here looking for “short hair” & “short hair styles”. And while is seems that having short hair makes a social statement of some sort (“I am woman hear me roar!” Or “I’m so low maintenance.” “I took control of my life by not conforming to traditional beauty standards” etc.), what I didn’t know was how big of a statement someone was making by wearing very long, thick, beautiful hair … that belongs to someone else. Thus enter Chris Rock’s GOOD HAIR.
I watched this over the weekend and think I spent the majority of the movie with my mouth gaping open and the rest of the time laughing like a hyena. I.had.no.idea. Who knew that “the weave” had become such a symbol of cultural significance for so many women. This fascinating and hilarious documentary let me peek into a world shrouded in secrecy… well maybe not completely a secret, but even the female interviewees admit that it’s not all that talked about. There are a host of ethical questions raised and Chris candidly positions himself as just an inquisitive father of two young girls who will have to decide for themselves one day how they want to look and the lengths they are willing to go to get it. He passes no judgment, but lets the facts speak for themselves and in the process enlightens us all about one of the beauty rituals of black women. Netflix this movie and you will not be disappointed!