I get the whole “the grass is always greener,” thing. Trust me, I’ve been there. And this unfortunate attribute of society has never rang truer than when you’re talking about hair. If it’s long, you want it straight. If it’s thin, you want it thick. If it’s straight you want it curly and so forth. And despite my most earnest pleas, the fact still remains that those blessed with curly afro locks are spending hundreds of dollars to chemically relax their hair or replace it with hair extensions.
The hair relaxing industry brings in billions of dollars a year, even in a failing economy. Comedian Chris Rock took it upon himself to explore the hair altering business and travels all over the United States (and even all the way to India) to better understand why women put themselves through so much torture, all in the name of “good hair.”
Although some critics have already raised issues with the film, such as the fact that the film does not portray the thousands of African American women who wear their hair the way it is (without relaxers or weaves), Rock insists that the film is not strictly a documentary, although it is informative.
“I want (viewers) to remember that they laughed,” said Rock. “I’m a comedian. I make comedies. If they learn something (from this film), that’s great, but I’m here to make people laugh.” (via Huff Post)
Whatever the reason behind the film, I’m looking forward to some concrete reasons as to why women are so adamant about taming their afros.
My best friends from the Arctic came to visit me in Vancouver and my friend Emily bought an awesome white bob wig to wear at a music festival she’s heading to in a few weeks.