Good Hair (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Comedy  |  23 October 2009 (USA)
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Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.



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Herself - Hair Battle Contestant
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Himself - Hair Battle Contestant
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Marvet Britto ...
A'Lelia Bundles ...
Herself (as Salt-N-Pepa)
Herself (archive footage)
Cheryl 'Salt' James ...
Herself (as Salt-N-Pepa)


Chris Rock, a man with two daughters, asks about good hair, as defined by Black Americans, mostly Black women. He visits Bronner Brothers' annual hair convention in Atlanta. He tells us about sodium hydroxide, a toxin used to relax hair. He looks at weaves, and he travels to India where tonsure ceremonies produce much of the hair sold in America. A weave is expensive: he asks who makes the money. We visit salons and barbershops, central to the Black community. Rock asks men if they can touch their mates' hair - no, it's decoration. Various talking heads (many of them women with good hair) comment. It's about self image. Maya Angelou and Tracie Thoms provide perspective. Written by <>

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Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »


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23 October 2009 (USA)  »

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$1,043,732 (USA) (9 October 2009)


$4,157,104 (USA) (26 February 2010)

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Documentary filmmaker Regina Kimbell launched an injunction against Chris Rock and HBO, claiming that their film infringed on her own similarly themed documentary My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage (2010) which she screened for Rock in 2007. A federal judge ruled that Good Hair (2009) should be allowed to be released. See more »


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Hair Today
13 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Good Hair is a breezy, light hearted film regarding hair and the female black community presented by Chris Rock.

Apparently Rock was inspired to make the film when his daughter asked him about his good hair which means hair that is not natural to black African American community. Its straightened using relaxant which is in fact dangerous chemicals that can cause burns if its left in the hair for too long. Then there are weaves, which is a wig sewn on to the hair.

This is a multi billion dollar industry. A lot of the money does not end up in the black community even though some people pay outlandish prices for a good weave.

Along the way Rock also talks to celebrities about having good hair including Maya Angelou, Ice T, Nia Long, Al Sharpton, Raven. I never really knew about relaxant until I saw Spike Lee's X when Denzel Washington was using it in the film and the movie never really gets to grip why men straighten their hair. Frankly to show that they have hair like white people.

Its something Rock could had asked Reverend Sharpton who famously in the 1980s was caught by the press having his hair relaxed by expensive barbers and Sharpton instead of being embarrassed just told the press, come and see how a real man gets his hair done!

The documentary is entertaining and diverting but lacked depth. Rock is genial and engaging.

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