American comedian Chris Rock has made a film called Good Hair. The documentary explores African American hair culture mixing humour with serious research. Rock visits hair salons and styling competitions, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to uncover the impact that black hairstyles have upon lives of black people. The film features, among others, writer Maya Angelou, 80’s rap artist Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton (from hiphop duo Salt n Pepa), recording artist and actress Eve and rapper Ice-T, who give their personal hair stories and offer insightful observations.
The idea for the film came from Rock’s 7 year old daughter, Lola, who came up to him crying and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” Rock was determined to find out how his little girl had come to hold such low self-esteem about her hair. The film exposes the big business behind African hair and shows how it doesn’t always benefit the African community.
As well as the issues of self-esteem and identity, African hair is often exposed to overstyling (relaxers, straighteners) and this can easily damage the hair causing breakage. This can lead to a type of hair loss called traction alopecia (hair loss through excessive tension).
If you would like to discuss your suitability for a hair loss treatment programme, the Belgravia Centre offers free consultations. To book an appointment, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, for a consultation via the web, please complete the online diagnostic form.
Afro-Caribbean Hair Loss