Chris Rock’s exploration into what makes good hair is informative, to some of us who aren’t African American, most things that GOOD HAIR tries to explain is borderline surprising and new but… I wouldn’t call this documentary consistently entertaining. Chris Rock is still one of the funniest comedians in my book and I yet I can’t help but think that GOOD HAIR would be much more engaging if it was hosted by a different celebrity. Rock could definitely use a weave in this one.
Everything you think you know or you’d like to know about black women’s hair, or just black people’s hair in general would either be confirmed or informed in GOOD HAIR. From shots of all kinds of black hair to different ways of treating them. From the interviews of people who think straight is the right hair to those who think being yourself even without hair is the great way. From mastering weave, applying Relaxer to the bad karma that comes from trying to touch women’s hair. From Atlanta, North Carolina to India, Rock takes us on various chapters of hair process and those who’ve had a big impact on the 9 billion dollar industry. It’s amazing to see a country with excruciatingly low income could have something that’s considered precious by a country with people who can afford a $1000 weave monthly on just school teacher salary. Gives a whole new meaning to the old saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.
I don’t claim to be a hair expert, so coming into the theater with that mindset helps a bit. Who would’ve thought there’s a hair school and some sort of a hair school graduation. People make tons of money off of people who want to have their hair look just like the black models on the magazines.
I think it’s smart that Chris Rock incorporates the annual Bronner Brothers Hair Show as an element that keeps the audience’s attention and it becomes the last highlight (no pun intended). Seeing how those participants approach that momentous day for them, the various rigorous sometimes vain treatment they go through to put on a good show is similar to how far their customers are willing to go to not have their own hair just be in their natural state.
I understand Chris Rock has plenty of celebrity friends and GOOD HAIR features interviews with many famous black actors and actresses and musicians but going into the first hour, seeing the same talking heads over and over again gets old. The ratio of interviewing celebrity and interviewing common folks talking about their hair seems a bit uneven. Like I said earlier, Chris Rock is still one of my top favorite comedians but it’s painful to see him go around trying too hard to ask questions to people. Sometimes, he’d open with a pretty clever line or question but he doesn’t follow up with another equally clever question, often times it’s as if he’d run out of things to say or he’s just not prepared. He comes across as a not-so-experienced interviewer, always expecting the person across from him to say more so that he wouldn’t have to response in any way possible.
But Rock does end on a very good note, an excellent message to his daughters that can apply to those who sadly think appearance is more important than personality or intelligence.