Good Hair

Good Hair

DVD - 2010
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Comedian Chris Rock tackles the very personal issue of hair, and how attaining good hair can impact African American's activities, relationships, wallets, and a self-esteem. Engages in frank, funny conversations with haircare professionals, beautyshop and barbershop patrons, as well as featuring interviews with Dr. Maya Angelou, Nia Long, Ice-T, Raven Symone, and more.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. :, Lionsgate,, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD HUMOR GOO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dolby digital 5.1
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Mar 26, 2019

I’ve seen this film half a dozen times. I had no idea what black women and men do to their hair. Chris Rock was perfect in addressing the issue. One of my favorite quotes was from the chemist that tells you what ammonium thioglycolate or whatever the relaxer is called. As he shows you what the chemical does to a coke can in a few hours-which is disintegrate it-Chris Rock tells him this is the relaxer used on black hair. The chemist says “why would you do that?” It can burn your head, hurt your eyes, cause permanent hair loss, amongst other things.
This film was informative, interesting and hilarious, in a sad way.

Jul 06, 2015

You always knew that a documentary narrated and produced by Chris Rock was going to bring the funny, but I was also very interested and informed throughout, a rare feat.

madison382 Feb 23, 2015

Very informative.

lbehrman Jan 01, 2015

Amazing documentary by Chris Rock (it's not a comedy, but there are some funny moments). Like another reviewer said, it was very educational for me, as a white woman. Prior to this movie I had no idea what African American women go through to get what some consider "Good Hair," nor did I have any idea about the pressure women of color feel to do this. A must see!

Nov 23, 2014

Way more interesting and informative than I expected. Now I'm just thinking about the 12" ponytail I mailed off to Revlon to donate to patients who loose their hair during chemo. Yeah, cancer patients...riiight....

real_thing Nov 04, 2014

LOVED IT!!!!!!!

Feb 26, 2014

I think this film fell short of what it could have been. What people are willing to do to themselves or their children to look "good" transcends racial issues. People of all races are doing unhealthy things to themselves. It is a matter of personal choice and personal responsibility.

Sep 02, 2013

Watched this with my 8 yr old daughter and she loved it. It is a documentary not a comedy movie. Very educational. I have watched it 3 times now.

JCLBeckyC Jun 12, 2013

When Chris Rock’s little girl runs to him crying, “Daddy, why don’t I have good hair?” he tries to find out what’s wrong with this question. He travels to India, witnessing people with straight hair shave it in a religious ceremony, unaware that people across the world without straight hair will pay thousands of dollars apiece to adorn their heads with it. Rock also travels to the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta. He watches competing stylists and finds products for sale, mostly by Koreans. He interviews African-American actresses who wear their hair straight. He visits a chemist who explains how dangerous the relaxer chemical sodium hydroxide is. He interviews young black women who say that someone doesn’t look professional unless she has straight hair. All this sociological insight sounds depressing, but with Rock conducting the interviews it’s more like comedic commentary that happens to be about an important social issue.

Jun 03, 2013

i love this movie it points out the low self esteem in the black community.... it is a dumb question to ask why i have bad hair meaning why i have black hair... black hair is very very beautiful!!.. it show how black women have low self esteem and how we torture ourself to look lower.. love this movie!

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Jul 29, 2012

CHRIS ROCK: "How old were you when you first got your relaxer?" / MAYA ANGELOU: "Oh God. I was about seventy." / CHRIS: "Seventy? You went your whole life..." / MAYA: "Not my whole life. I'm still alive!"

Jul 29, 2012

ICE-T: "Trust me, if a woman ain't happy with herself, she's going to bring nothing but pain to every f'ing body around her."


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Jul 29, 2012

An informative look at African American hair grooming (e.g., the cost and creation of a weave, having hair straightened, etc.) and the impact it has not only on those who partake but those who supply it. Includes a variety of interesting and entertaining interviews with talking heads and celebrities (such as Maya Angelou and Al Sharpton), hair salon owners, hair convention competitors, and barbershop patrons. It also aims to explain the chemical sodium hydroxide (a toxic chemical used to relax hair, frequently used on Black Americans).


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