Chris Rock, a man with two daughters, ventures on a quest to find what it means to raise her children with a heavily influencing industry that deals with black women’s hair. On his quest, he visits Bronner Brothers’ annual convention, home of the most top educational site on teaching black woman how to use different hair care products that are sold there. Afterwards, he shows us a product called Relaxer, that uses dangerous chemicals such as sodium hydroxide to straighten woman and sometimes men’s hair. Within further discovery to a booming industry, he does his own research in to weaves such as where it how it’s applied, where it comes from, and who it comes from. Near the end, we learn about the one on one contributors to the multi-billion dollar industry: salons and barbershops and how their effect on the community is substantial. The overall message is about self image, and whether it’s worth the investment to pay for something that is just for show.
This is the official description from the film’s website or IMDb page.
“Competently directed by Jeff Stilson, Good Hair employs humor as a medium for insightful and often uncomfortable observations on race and conformity.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“What Rock does is help create a film, directed by Jeff Stilson, with much good feeling and instinctive sympathy for our desire to look as good as we can.” – Roger Ebert
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