Ever since Chris Rock’s documentary Good Hair went mainstream, it seems like everybody’s been talking about the politics of black hair.

From the debates raging online about whether it’s better to be natural or relaxed, to the sheer amount of money black women spend on our hair, it’s almost to imposible to ignore how our ‘do affects other aspects of our life.

Filmmaker Hemamset Angaza is attempting to add yet another voice to the conversation about black hair with his documentary In Our Heads About Our Hair. According to the film’s creator, it takes a humours and candid look at Black women’s issues regarding hair and self-esteem, and advocates for the acceptance of all hairstyle choices.”

Check out the trailer for In Our Heads About Our Hair and let us know what you think

*In Our Heads will be screening at the New Voices In Black Cinema Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in February.

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  • tina

    I know in our communities we have more things to be concerned about such as unemployment, education,health, housing but somehow hair is a focal point of a conversation that just won’t stop I don’t get it.

    I would say at best it’s disturbing to me, if you want to keep a conversation going how about teaching our daughters and sons to love the hair they were born with. But if they chose to wair it cut, perm, pressed, weaved, locked or bald or a wig or whatever else that we and others do to our hair it’s ok we have the right to choose as long as we know at the core we love ourselves changing it up doesn’t hurt.

    What hurts is when you have a little girl and people try to make her hate her natural god given kinky, nappy hair or people who would always ask me this rude question does your baby have your good hair. That’s all out rude good hair is strong hair whether it’s kinky, nappy, coiled, coarse, straight, curly, wavy etc you get my point, I had to constantly reinforce to my daughter her hair is beautiful just because my mom has extra fine curly hair and I have middle of the back thick curly wavy hair it didn’t make ours any better I beleive that and know that to be true it’s just hair and people need to quit blowing it out of proportion and making it more than what it is. because of other people my daughter would ask why I don’t have hair like you and grandma and I would have to explain to her she had her dads strong hair and that it was just as beautifulif if not more because her hair could take more and do more with the strenngth of it and as she grew up she understood what I mean’t and knows how to do a multitude of things to and for her hair and she has wonderful style that works for her and her hair regardless to one tecture or the other.

    My cousins would tell me i don’t understand because I have this hair texture I understand girls taunting me in the 70’s growing up with this hair and that girls bothered my daughter because she didn’t have the same hair in her generations when will it stop because it is us who does this to one another. And the boys are now brain washed with this good hair bad hair mentality , my daughter had a young man tell her he couldn’t be with a sister who has hair like her because their babies wouldn’t have good hair, that’s a pitiful sorry shame what he has learned and is now passing on.

    My daughter has learned self love from me, so she knew to keep moving and that statement was more about him not loving his heritage and where he came from and that he probably needed for his woman to be light skinned as well as curly or straight hair. Please teach your children something better than this, we should be focusing on the bigger picture and hair certainly isn’t one of them. Just as our skin comes in different shades our hair comes in different tectures and that’s more than ok it is what has been passed down to us and we should love it and embrace it.

  • I don’t know… there are conversations that I think we need to have in order to grow like hair, skin, our womanhood but then I feel like we never grow because by talking about it we only DWELL on the issue. We talk but the action of actually improving the hurt, the anger, the situation isn’t there.

    This documentary looks good and it seems more focused than Chris Rock’s, which was pretty funny though, but I want us as women to grow from these discussions.

  • Alicia

    I find that for some AA men, the issue is less hair-texture than hair length. Textured tresses hide their true length due to their kinks, coils, and curls. There are biological reasons behind a male-preference for longer hair (in prehistoric times, it signaled female fertility and health since diet and stress can influence hair length).
    Regardless of the texture I rock, I’ve tended to get more compliments from AA men when my hair was at least shoulder length. (The exception was probably six-months post-BC when I had a bodacious chunky ‘fro that put a little extra sparkle in my eyes and bounce in my step. Most men respond to a woman with confidence regardless of her hair style.)
    There are many AA men and women who don’t believe it is possible to grow kinky hair shoulder length or longer in its natural state without locking it. I have 4b/c hair that is only 5 inches in diameter when freshly shampooed due to shrinkage. When I stretch with a twistout, most people are shocked at its length.