For his new documentary, Chris Rock traveled throughout the U.S. and all the way to India to find out exactly what constitutes ‘good hair.’ A term often used within the black community, ‘good hair’ typically describes hair that is straighter and longer than the thick, cotton-like hair that is natural to many black people.
Rock says “Good Hair,” which is scheduled to hit theatres across the U.S. on October 9, was inspired by a simple question that his 5-year-old daughter, Lola, asked him one day. “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”
On a quest to explore how his own daughter had come to that conclusion, Rock visits hair conventions, scientific laboratories, Indian temples and everyday hair salons to discover the intricacies of the multi-billion dollar black hair industry. A variety of stars weigh in on the subject, including actresses Nia Long, Raven Symoné and Kerry Washington, rappers Salt-N-Pepa and writer Maya Angelou. Even the Reverend Al Sharpton joins the discussion.
“Good Hair” seems to almost promise an entertaining, comedic exploration of the importance of hair to black women. However, the underlying issues that make hair such an important aspect of black identity is a sensitive topic that may need a more serious inspection. Regardless, “Good Hair” is likely a must-see for anyone interested in finding out more about what hair means to black women.
Check out the trailer below: