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Good Hair

Issue No. 2208

The comedian Chris Rock journeys through the US talking to African American women about their striving for “good hair”. Hair is a multi-billion dollar business – from hugely expensive real hair weaves to the chemical straightener many black women use.

Rock was provoked into exploring the phenomenon when his young daughter asked, “Daddy, why don’t I have good hair?”

The pressure on black women to conform to a European stereotype of long, straight hair still looms large.

Good Hair
Directed by Jeff Stillson
In cinemas now

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Tue 29 Jun 2010, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2208
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