Kickstart This: ‘Natural Hair: The Movie’ Aims to Pick Up Where Chris Rock Ended with ‘Good Hair’

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Maybe I’m the only one, but I thought Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair” was a major letdown. Instead of truly exploring the history and complex relationship that black people, and especially women, have with their hair, it came off mainly as a defense of straightened hair – notwithstanding that one bit about the destructive damage that hair straightening products can do to an ordinary tin can.

In fact, I believe there was only one woman in the entire film with natural hair, and she was relegated to the background in one scene, and barely said anything at all.

Maybe that’s why this new documentary in the works – “Natural Hair: The Movie” – looks so promising.

Directed by Reginald Titus and produced by Grind Over Matter Films, the filmmakers hope the film will “start a more engaged dialogue where Chris Rock left off with ‘Good Hair’,” and that it will offer “more solutions than questions.” It will also include commentary from women and men of all backgrounds who will share their opinions on what this “Natural Hair movement” has done and meant to and for them.

The filmmakers believe that this project will “empower young and old, male and female to examine the role of black hair in our culture, self esteem, and identity… our hair/crown plays a huge role in who we are as a people. This country has a long history of not letting us acknowledge and be proud of our natural hair”.

A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise $10,000 that will go towards covering post-production, marketing and distribution costs.

To find out more you can go to the film website here, and the contribute go to the Kickstarter fundraiser here.

Watch the project’s pitch video.

11 Comments

  1. I honestly don’t remember Good Hair that well, but from what I can remember I didn’t think it was a defense of straightened hair. What irritated me about it was I felt like Rock was criticizing Black women who wear weaves, wigs and have their hair straightened. All women includng White women do those things. I felt like he was criticizing something that most women do regardless of race. Now while it did a little ,I thought it was going to be more about the historical connection of why Black women choose to have straightened hair and why we connect kinky hair to bad hair. My dad told me that we are the ones with good hair because it’s strong, they are the ones with bad hair bc they bald faster. Lol.
    This film does sound more up my alley!

    • This criticism is way more accurate – also didn’t Traci Thoms (who was interviewed by herself on camera) talk about living with natural hair and was basically that voice for the film? She was the only one of the multiple people that were interviewed, but nevertheless certainly wasn’t just one background person who barely spoke. I wondered if this person has even watched Rock’s film?!

    • Chris Rock wasn’t criticizing black women who wear weaves, wigs or have their hair straightened. He was just trying to get answers to a question that his daughter asked him about her own hair. His daughter asked him why doesn’t she have good hair like white girls. In trying to get answers about what is considered good hair, he had to ask women who wear weaves, wigs and straighten hair why they accept weaves, wigs and straighten hair as good hair. This was fair because if they had considered good hair as their own natural hair they wouldn’t be wearing weaves, wigs and straighten hair.

      • The problem is White, Latino and Asian women also wear wigs weaves and straighten their curly hair (Latinos and White Women with natural curly hair). So this isn’t something specific to Black women, what you’re basically saying is that no one considers their hair good hair at all? If they did White, Latino and Asian women wouldn’t be doing the same thing. They would just wear their natural hair. Even some Black women with their hair natural add on natural extensions like Solange. My White coworker has naturally curly hair, but you would never know as she straightens her hair every single day. I was looking more for the historical reasons why kinky textured hair is considered bad hair. Or how Black women with natural hair deal with criticism within and outside of the Black community. The film did talk about that but not to the extent I was expecting it to. I felt like he could’ve left some of the Weave hair show out. Some of my relatives did not remotely understand or get what Rock was trying to say.

        • No one is arguing that White, Latina and Asian women wear wigs, weaves and straighten hair. The problem is a far greater majority of black women wear wigs, weaves and straighten hair more often than White, Latina and Asian women! That’s what we are talking about.

          Another thing in every race you will have women hating their own hair but do a great majority of non-black women go out and purchase kinky hair to mixed in with their own hair? There is a huge majority of black women who purchase straight weaves from the heads of Europeans, Asians, and Latinas. Even Lauryn Hill called black women out in a song. “Look at where you be in, hair weaves like Europeans.” Remember no one called out black women when they were braiding their hair with extensions because braids are an African tradition. When a huge number of black women started wearing fake hair that came from Asia, Europe and Latina America, they were called out because the hair didn’t match the majority of black women’s own hair. As for straighten hair, black women can texturize their hair to loosen the curl pattern but it usually still looks like their own hair. You know and I know that far too many black women straighten their hair to look more like Europeans.

          • Again the question should be why is it that kinky hair is considered bad hair. I can’t speak for a Blavk women, but Im sorry to disappoint you I do straighten my Hair sometimes and it’s not to look like Europeans, I do not have permed hair and my hair is natural for the majority of the time. Braids thin out hair and is damaging. Again Rock should’ve asked why is kinky hair considered bad hair. Instead of spending time at a hair show.

            • You didn’t disappoint me. However, you seems very defensive at the beginning. Remember you stated “White, Latino, Asian women also wear wigs, weaves and straighten hair…” Then you went on about your co-worker straightening her hair as if to explain why you straighten yours. You definitely have not accepted your own hair in its natural state and maybe need some reassurance.

  2. I honestly think a documentary with a Black women at the helm would serve best for the topic of Black women’s hair.

  3. Chris Rock divorced his natural-haired wife and has a girlfriend who rocks straight hair. Black men need not speak on Black women’s hair.

    • *Slow claps* Thank you Melody!! The tea and the shade!! AHAHAH ohh the irony….. 😀 You’re the voice of reason. Do some women have issues with their hair yes!!! But its normal to be insecure about something as a human being, especially women put pressure on themselves to look the best and will find an aspect of themselves that is not good enough. What I have a problem with is that some black people seem to think that just having natural hair and/or being semi-afrocentric makes you superior, which is absolute rubbish!!!! I have locs but guess what?? I will probably straighten my hair one and a while when I cut off my locs and grow out my afro. And I struggled with my hair until I found locs and was able to have a low maintenance hair style. I just get them inter-locked every 4-5 weeks, and wash them every 7-10 days but for the most their easy peasy. I braid them to make them curly, that’s how I used to wear my braids/extensions either curly or wavy braids. But I don’t think I’m better than my best friend who wore a perm. Her hair is super thick and very long and it was too high maintenance for her once she started university. So she uses a perm or texturizer to make it easier for her to style. It all depends on how healthy your hair is?? That’s the most important thing!!! And in the winter time wearing braids or weave protect your hair from the dryness/cold air. Whereas humid/warm summer weather is perfect for afro texture hair or even curly hair. But I love the variey of styles that black women can wear and experimenting with colorful wigs/weaves so long as their suit you!!!! Some people don’t know how to style bright colored hair with their clothings. But thanks to tumblr/the internet and cosplaying, black women and girls are experimenting more, but still with a classy style. I just feel people are trying to put so many restrictions on black women and their hair while trying to encourage them to embrace their afro hair. But really who are they really trying to impress?? Even this black girl magic hashtags?? As Toni Morrison once said “she knew black was beautiful!! So who are these are other black people trying to convince that we are worthy to be called beautiful?” Honestly you have to know that within yourself, a woman. But Impressing your community or black men should not be why you decide to go natural because people will always find something else about black women that is not good enough, so don’t let them dictate your self worth. Half of these Pan-African/Civil Rights leader would say one thing about their idea of “blackness” and secretly do the complete opposite. They had major cognitive dissonance and people are too quick to have this narrow/monolithic view of blackness and being proud of black woman hood without looking at the nuances and differences of each of our experiences.

  4. The Natural Hair:The Movie team wants to thank everyone who contributed to the kickstarter. Its not too late if you want to support the project. If you are not able to support financially, please share with your friends and associates. We really appreciate the comments and dialogue regarding this subject. It is an ongoing discussion and all sides have valid points. We want to contribute to any solutions that will help lift up our women as a whole and educate those that need it!!

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