Let’s examine the idea of the Good Hair movie, which is based on the findings of Chris Rock and personal research. Chris Rock is an American comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He is most famous for is stand up comedy and his television series “Everybody Hates Chris”. In 2009, he produced a documentary entitled “Good Hair” which explores African American women and their quest to find good hair.
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The idea for the film sparked from his daughter asked him why she does not have good hair. Chris Rock then went on a quest to find what “good hair” actually was. Throughout the film he explores how African American women acquire good hair and how much they spend on maintaining it. Chris Rocks “Good Hair” reveals how the desire of African American women to have acceptable hair has misused Indian religious rituals and has made the hair industry a billion dollar industry without gaining profit for themselves.
In the film “Good Hair”, Chris Rock brings to light that most Indian hair comes from sacrifices made by the native people in honor of their god. He exposes that a sacred ritual has been exploited; Indian women, men, and children shaved their heads to pay homage. However, after this process in done the hair that they put on a holy alter and is taken away to be processed for sale. The hair then goes on sale and is bought mainly by African American women. One of the most shocking facts in the film was that most of the Indian people did not know that their hair was being sold for profit. Many of them had no idea where their hair went after it was shaven from their heads.
With the rise of sales from Indian hair, the women have been demoralized even more. It was stated in the film that because African American women have begun to spend more money on Indian hair especially the virgin or unprocessed hair; many Indian women with long hair have fallen victim to having their heads shaved without their consent. During an interview lead by Chris Rock from one of the local people in India the male stated that if an Indian woman fell asleep in the park she was liable to wake up with no hair. These courses of action have lead one to believe that African American women have been the cause of Indian women being exploited for their hair for the reason that they want to change their appearance.
With the rise of African American women wanting to have more desirable hair, the hair industry has risen to a billion dollar production. Throughout the film, Chris Rock asked questions such as; how much African American women spend on hair and why? The main answer to this question was between five hundred and fifteen hundred dollars a month on hair products alone. However, there are only about four African American business owners out of hundreds. One cause of this problem can be due to African Americans not supporting each other businesses.
With the Asians having the production power and the Caucasian’s have the wealth, many black owned businesses fail to appeal to the African American buyer because they do not have the resources. Due to this discrepancy the African American hair product distributor is usually unable to gain the attention of a large number of people whereas their competition can.
Chris Rock’s film “Good Hair” explores the meaning of good hair and how African American women strive to attain it. He also discusses how many African American women spend on hair and with this amount increasing the hair industry has begun to flourish. Chris Rock reveals the shocking truth that Indian women sacrifice their hair for religious purposes and many of them are unaware of what is done with their hair after it is removed from their heads.
The film “Good Hair” ultimately examines how African American women misuse a sacred Indian ritual and have made the hair industry very profitable. Now, I pose the questions. Wouldn’t it be more profitable to the African American community if we made our hair the new standard?