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Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair is a balanced look at the industry of African-American hair.

Comedian Chris Rock combs through the culture and industry of African-American hair, and its complicated, fraught history, with observational humour and surprising depth. Director-collaborator Jeff Stilson guides the affable Rock through a world of pop-can-eroding relaxer chemicals (Rock observes it's called relaxer because it's actually relaxing white people), expensive weaves and underground hair markets, with insight from celebrities like Al Sharpton, Maya Angelou, Ice-T and Salt-n-Pepa (Pepa's much-copied asymmetrical style was the result of a home relaxer accident). Good Hair should probe harder, but it's also refreshing to watch a balanced documentary that doesn't openly mock its subjects. Michael Moore and followers, take note.


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