Good Hair

Synopsis: Chris Rock, a man with two daughters, asks about good hair, as defined by Black Americans, mostly Black women. He visits Bronner Brothers' annual hair convention in Atlanta. He tells us about sodium hydroxide, a toxin used to relax hair. He looks at weaves, and he travels to India where tonsure ceremonies produce much of the hair sold in America. A weave is expensive: he asks who makes the money. We visit salons and barbershops, central to the Black community. Rock asks men if they can touch their mates' hair - no, it's decoration. Various talking heads (many of them women with good hair) comment. It's about self image. Maya Angelou and Tracie Thoms provide perspective.
Director(s): Jeff Stilson
Production: Roadside Attractions
  5 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

to look good regardless.

While the main purpose

of the show

is to promote products

and make tons of money,

the three-day event

culminates in a hair contest

where stylists

from around the world

come to compete

and show off their skills

in front of an arena

of cheering hair fans.

The winner

not only takes home $20,000,

but also receives

lucrative endorsement deals

and establishes themselves

as the leading voice in black hair.

Now, can you tell me,

how are the hairstylists chosen

to compete in this competition?

We try and select

the best of the best.

If we see someone

that's exciting on stages,

we invite them in

to do our Battle.

Tanya, I really

can't say her strength,

'cause this is

her first time doing the Battle.

Her weakness

is that she's sort of new.

Well, I'm happy to be nappy.

How about that?

Oh, Lord.

See, Tanya, don't take it there.

She don't want to be nappy.

No, I'm not saying--

I know my hair

can get very coarse, but...

Ooh, and then they try

to find a better word for it.


Dress it up, baby. It's okay.

That's a stigma.

Chris, are you listening?

It's not called bad.

Nappy's not bad.

Well, actually--

It can still be good.

It's just nappy.

I changed it around.

'Cause people

with that soft, natural, curly hair,

I call that bad hair now.

Okay, 'cause it's hard to curl?

'Cause nappy hair holds curls.

Tanya's new to this,

but she's also business partners

with former Bronner Brothers

champion Kevin Kirk.

Kevin won twenty grand

back in 2005,

when twenty grand

really meant something.

If that belt could talk,

what do you think it would say?

It'd say, ''Bring home

my brother August 18th.''

So the brother's held captive?

It's held captive.

Bronner Brothers

got it on lock right now.

I picture myself being David

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Lance Crouther

Lance Crouther is an American television producer, television writer and actor. He was the head writer of the TBS late night show Lopez Tonight until 2010, and was a writer for Down to Earth, Wanda at Large, and Good Hair, among others. As an actor, he was the star of the feature film Pootie Tang. more…

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