Research | Good hair

Good Hair is a 2009 American documentary film directed by Jeff Stilson and produced by Chris Rock Productions and HBO Films, starring and narrated by comedian Chris Rock. -IMDB

Good Hair is known as one of the most popular black hair documentaries of recent years. As part of my research I have decided to watch it to find out why.

Overall I struggled to enjoy the documentary but that could mainly be down to the fact that now in 2016, the ideas put forward are somewhat out dated I have drawn up a list of pros and cons.


  • Range of shots in interview scenes

  • Talks to industry professionals

  • Looks at the [Afo-hair] industry as a whole

  • Various locations

  • Makes some cultural links

  • Features celebrities 

  • Asks some probing questions 


  • Comedic - mocks some serious issues

  • Mainly a mans point to view 

  • Only looks at the surface of the topic

  • Out dated (2009)

  • One sided

  • Overall quite negative 

Parys Gardener

I’m a Bristolian studying illustration and visual communication in London and I like to base my work around both everyday experiences as well as documenting  my journey through life as a black woman of Jamaican decent. I’m interested in identity, sociology and culture and work across a range of mediums.