Major question(s) right now:
How do I distinguish my senior thesis/documentary about hair and beauty culture amongst women of color/black women from Chris Rock’s Good Hair?
Because every time I tell people what I’m doing my project on they’re like, oh like…
also, chris rock framed his documentary mainly around consumerism, like how ridic it is that black people put weave on layaway and the whole cost notion of hair show performances and what not. he really didn’t focus on how black hair, particularly natural hair, is a way for black people to forge a DIY revolution around issues of self production/craft that are relevant to them instead of trying to fit into a DIY culture that is generally concerned with white peoples problems.
he also inserted his bias in there like WHHOOAHHHHH. i mean, he can be pro-natural hair for all i care. but at least show a balanced depiction of both sides. don’t make it seem like all natural haired people are humble, frugal anti-capitalists who are not wrapped up in their own version of hyper-capitalist consumer culture. i mean, has he peeped hair regimines at natural hair blogs before? the layout of some of those started to make me think the people writing them didn’t have jobs and devoted all their time to growing long “tame” natural hair.
which brings me to my next point, he didnt talk about what is considered “acceptable” natural hair within the eyes of the white mainstream and even the black mainstream. aka the elle varner, long loose tameable type of hair. and how shadeism and intenalized racism play just as much of a role in natural hair culture as it does for people with perms and weaves.
idk there is a lot he left out imho