What Is “Good” Hair?


After his daughter came home and said “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”, Chris Rock embarked on a mission to figure out what is the true definition of “good” hair, and why black women are so obsessed with having it:

He interviewed celebrities such as Nia Long, Raven Symone, Lauren London, Meagan Good, and even found out from Salt n Pepa that Pepa’s infamous asymmetrical cut came about from Pepa burning off that side of her head with chemicals.


He also traveled to hair salons, to interview women on the importance of having good hair, and barber shops to see how black men feel about weaves. He also traveled to India, whose weave/hair is the biggest provider in hair for the US.

Although told in a classic comedic format, the documentary is indeed insightful and a topic that have been the discussion of many daytime talk shows and focus groups. But really, what exactly is good hair? Is it long, straight, blonde hair cascading down your back? Or is it healthy, bouncy, moisturized, and thick?

2 Responses to “What Is “Good” Hair?”

  1. 1 Drea

    well 4 Black people it’s dual-sided because you might want to let your hair be wild and free but what kind of a job will we be able to get? Especially in a job market that’s dominated by Caucasian people who find our “natural” hair intimidating, frightening, and inappropriate. SO sometimes it can be hard 2 decide which is more important, being relaxer-free or having a job? This is just my opinion from personal experience.

  2. Just a note to inform you that I have placed my entire documentary film BLACK HAIR for free at youtube. 6 parts including an update from London, England.

    It explores the Korean Take-over of the Black Beauty Supply and Hair biz..can it be taken back?


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