This movie looks awesome. It humorously addresses the social construction of “good” hair, which means, of course, straight hair. As we see in the trailer, African American women often feel pressured to wear their hair straight in order to be seen as attractive; this is similar to how lighter skin is often defined as more attractive than darker skin, even by other African Americans (and Latinos). It’s also interesting that the pursuit of “good” hair has created a global market for human hair.
On the topic of African American women and weaves, Sexual Buzz sent in this KGB “Natural Weave” commercial (KGB is a service where you can get answers to questions via text) that plays on the “angry sassy Black woman” image:
NOTE: As a really, really curly-haired White girl, I spent most of my life having no idea what to do with my hair, since it was frizzy instead of falling into the perfect curls people on TV seem to have. I once ended up with painful burns on my head and neck from trying to use a straightener designed for African American hair. I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of money on various methods of hair straightening (the burns didn’t keep me from trying other chemical straighteners–believe me, I know how pathetic that is), flatirons, and so on, until deciding last year to just go with my curls. I hate to put in anything that appears to be a product plug, but if you have curly hair you have difficulty working with, I suggest going to mixedchicks.net and see the instructions page. Doing my hair the way they say fixed almost all of my problems. You don’t have to use their product–it’s more about the technique and not doing anything to separate your curls. It is so nice to feel good about having curly hair.
So, again…sorry for that, but the comments to this and earlier posts indicate there are still a lot of curly-headed women of all races out there irritated with their frizzy hair, and I had to share.