Weaves, Extensions & "Creamy Crack": Chris Rock's Good Hair Trailer

As previously mentioned, Chris Rock has a new documentary, Good Hair, which delves into the cultural pressures and identity issues that come with having "black hair." This star-studded trailer looks equally funny and sad:

The premise of the film came from Rock's own daughter, who asked him why she didn't have "good" hair. It looks like Rock talked to both men and women, celebrities and regular folks, for a spectrum of viewpoints. On question: Would any of the stunningly beautiful women in the clip — Salt N Pepa; Raven-Symone; Meagan Good; Nia Long — be celebrities if they had natural hair?

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Coincidentally, there is a debate going on over a YouTube video called "Nappy Ass Hair," in which someone is seen (violently?) trying to comb out a little girl's hair. NPR's Dani Tucker notes: "Hair grooming is still a painful, or brutal, experience for too many young women of color." But isn't that because forcing black hair to fit a certain mold that is "acceptable" and "professional" in a white-dominated world is always going to be a struggle?

Good Hair: Chris Rock's Harrowing Investigation Into Raven-Symone's Weave [Movieline]
Good or Bad Hair?: Hair Combing Video Stirs Debate [NPR]
Beauty, the Brush and Black Girl Pain [The Root]
Nappy Ass Hair [YouTube]

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DISCUSSION

I have so-called "good" hair, but I am still addicted to the creamy crack. My dependence on relaxer is more for convenience than looks. I blow dry and flat iron my hair for work and I wear it nappy on the weekends. When it gets really long, I always wind up cutting it off and trying to grow my natural hair back only to succumb to relaxer after viciously trying to comb through the kinks.

People seem to be so fascinated with the fact that I have the ability to wear my hair in a variety of styles. Like, Oh! It's curly today! Oh! It's straight! And black women always ask me where I had my weave done. LOL.

And that YouTube video? That was totally my older sister combing my hair when I was little. She would hit you in the head with the hairbrush if you even winced.