Black Women and Good Hair

The Chris Rock documentary chronicles how far some women will go to avoid a bad hair day.
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Black Women and Good Hair

The Chris Rock documentary chronicles how far some women will go to avoid a bad hair day.

-Kim Jack Riley

 Tyra Banks                                                                  Startraks Photo

What do Michelle Obama, Tyra Banks and NeNe Leakes have in common? Like most African-American women, they are on a daily quest for good hair. It’s not exactly an unknown phenomenon, but the new, must-see movie Good Hair takes an insider peek at how seriously black women take their hair. But you’ll be missing the point if you think this movie is about change. If anything, it’s about accepting that when it comes to black hair care, it’s no pain, no gain.

Good Hair Movie Poster

Diversity among black women covers a rainbow of skin complexions and a wide range of physical attributes; but when it comes to manes, we all want the same thing — luscious locks!

For years I used to credit Oprah with having a perfect head of hair, only to find out from her hairdresser that she was the on-camera pioneer of weaves and extensions. And as the saying goes, if I had a dollar for every miracle, over the counter, hair product I’ve ever purchased…

Oprah                                                                Startraks Photo


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8 thoughts on “Black Women and Good Hair

  1. fionafine says:

    Some very good points here. This movie is unique in that it tackles issues most people aren’t aware of outside the black community. Alas, the movie only raises the issues. I agree that there won’t be many solutions in this lifetime. I do see a lot more black women embracing their natural curls and zswirls.
    This article makes me want to run out and see the movie! Can’t wait.

  2. Pam says:

    The condition of my hair can make or break my day. I good hair day sends me into the world full of confidence…a bad hair day…you know how deflating that can be. Looking forward to seeing the movie.

  3. bellavita says:

    i think this is something a lot of MEN should go see so they can try and understand how much bad hair can impact our self esteem.

  4. NYCdogmommy says:

    Even though I am a white woman, I have spent my entire life having to deal with unruly, uncontrollable hair. I’ve used everything under the sun, had my hair straightened, you name it. I truly sympathize with this…there have been times when all I wanted to do was shave it off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in tears because of the frizz.

  5. Kimm714 says:

    Great article!!!!its drama everyday! i have used a relaxer most of my life and within the last year, someone told me that i didnt need it…..but without it i now see that any amount of humidity will now make my hair “blow up” instead of just go limp. a new headache – i am too old for this !

  6. Kimm714 says:

    Great article!!!!its drama everyday! i have used a relaxer most of my life and within the last year, someone told me that i didnt need it…..but without it i now see that any amount of humidity will now make my hair "blow up" instead of just go limp. a new headache – i am too old for this !

  7. deborah says:

    I can’t wait to see this movie – Chris Rock really does justice by bringing forth what so many African American women deal with, and what so many white women have no idea about.

  8. Jacqueline says:

    Over the course of my life, I have gone from “natural” to straightened hair, and back again….
    GOOD HAIR is any hair that is healthy, so whether you go au natural, straighten it, weave it, braid it, whatever, just keep it healthy…..
    Can’t wait for the movie, we’ve got a group of women, Black and White, going to see it……..

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