Good Hair – Watch it today on iplayer

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Hey all – I just wanted to give you a heads up – for anyone that has not yet seen the Documentary Good Hair – its on BBC iplayer (Filed under films) until the 7th Jan

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The BBC describes it as: Comedian Chris Rock explores the world of African-American hair, visiting beauty salons, barbershops and even a hair styling convention in Atlanta, meeting some larger-than-life characters along the way. He also travels to India to discover where the hair used in weaves and extensions comes from.

I went to see this film in Brixton when it came out, and he was there on stage afterwards for some Q&A, I felt that the film was a good start to look at the hair as a lot of people still don’t know where the hair comes from or how it is produced. There were some expensive weaves on that programme I remember one was $2k!!

Anyway I wont give any more away, please have a watch and let me know what you thought. If you have already seen it comment and let me know what you thought about it.

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A letter from my boyfriend

It is with his permission that I publish my boyfriends email, it made me feel so delighted and special I really needed to share. It also goes to show that men do like Natural Hair!


Dear Angel,
When you told me you wanted to get rid of the relaxed hair and go natural, I wasn’t completely sure about it, but I love you so I’ll support anything you do. It wasn’t that I thought it wouldn’t suit you – it’s your hair in it’s natural state, why wouldn’t it suit you? The only thing I thought about was maybe it wouldn’t be liked at work or by new employers. But that was it really, it’s only hair after all – how much difference can it make?
Then I learnt about what relaxed hair means. You have to get it done every few weeks? For how much? And you can’t get it wet in the rain, or swim, or sweat when you exercise? And it actually burns your scalp? We watched that Chris Rock film ‘Good Hair’ – it was a real eye opener. Sodium hydroxide really isn’t something you want near your skin.
So you grew out the relaxer, and then there was the big day when you let it all out. It wasn’t quite as long as you wanted, but it looked great. Even though you weren’t confident at the beginning about how to style it, I could see that you were more confident as a person. I could see that however you styled your new natural hair, it was more of ‘you’ and less of an idea of what you should look like. And I love afros!
And frankly, I like anything that’s closer to a woman’s natural beauty. Well actually most guys do. Relaxed hair can look nice, but it a different kind of beauty when you’re wearing your own hair (literally in the case of weaves). I have to confess, that video with Beyonce rocking an afro (‘Work it out’) was bookmarked on my computer!
But what I don’t understand is that attitudes towards natural hair. And it is 99% from other black women. What’s all the stress about? Why is it other black women who say it’s not suitable for the office or at all? And the hairdressers – why do they have to relax everything? I would have thought that there would be some hairdressers to know how to style and cut natural hair but it looks like there are far too few.
I can’t say what’s going on with everyone but it seems like there’s a lot of confusion. Somehow people believe they need to have straight hair to be, well, ‘normal’. Anyway, I’m glad you gone natural because now we can swim, exercise, go out in the rain, and you look great. Now we just don’t have to worry about hair making me love you more. 
Well done for The Natural Lounge
Andrew x 

He loves my hair!! 

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