“Good Hair,” it seems like such a benign term, however to the Black American female community this term embodies expectations that have racist roots.
The film Good Hair (2009) details the extreme measures Black American females go through -including, spending hours in a salon, paying thousands of dollars, and using chemicals on one’s hair that can strip the metal from a soda can- to get what is termed as good hair.
What the film discovers is that “good hair” is defined as hair that has similar properties to stereotypical White hair, such as hair that is strait, hair that can have a brush run through it without it being stuck, and hair that is swishy. Thus, what is classified as good hair within the community has its origins in the idealization of White beauty in the media.
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