Chris Rock has a movie debuting at Sundance this week about black people's hair and the big business that fuels the weave/perm craze.
The documentary was born from an innocent question his young daughter asked. Rock tells of how his daughter Lola came to him crying asking, "How come I don't have good hair?" Rock who states that he felt telling and showing his daughter he loved her would instill her with the self-esteem needed to avoid such self-loathing pitfalls set out on a journey to answer that question for himself – and "Good Hair" was born.
If you are a frequent reader of TalulaZoeApple, then you are well aware that I rock my natural do. I am not militant about it and don't feel that women who chemically alter their hair are self-loathing. I do, however, know women who HATE, literally hate their hair texture and are in a never ending quest to achieve long flowing "Indian Hurr".
I have seen women with bald sides, alopecia, ratted ends still weaving/perming it up when clearly these practices are hurting them physically. Anything to keep from showing their nappy roots.
I was sitting in a church on Sunday, in a congregation of about 500 or so people. A good 90% were black women. Out of this 450 or so women 3 of us wore our hair natural. Every other woman had a "phony pony" or wig or sew-in. I know I should have been concentrating on the Lord but this seriously disturbed me.
I cannot wait to see Chris Rock's take on this phenomena. Oh, BTW, Al Sharpton makes an appearance. I have ALWAYS wanted to know the lowdown on his 'do.