Attitudes towards hair vary widely across different cultures and historical periods. Hair is often used to indicate a person's personal beliefs or social position; their age, gender or religion. Some hair is considered beautiful and some ugly. It is such a diverse subject that it has spawned an entire film genre. Without further ado, here are five of the coolest 'hair films' ever…
Good Hair (2009) It absolutely crucial for black males to understand the complex world of a woman's hair! This documentary by Chris Rock is both hilarious and intriguing. Prompted by a question from his young daughter, Chris Rock sets out to explore the importance of hair in black culture. Through interviews with celebs, average folk at the local barbershop and 'experts' around the world, he exposes the (sometimes painful) truth behind our perceptions of beauty and our accepted beliefs.
Barbershop (2002) This classic comedy is set in a financially struggling but socially vibrant barbershop on the south side of Chicago. It's a story about family, pride and the meaning of a good haircut. Calvin (Ice Cube) inherits a struggling barbershop from his deceased father. Only after he sells the shop to a loan shark does he realize what it means to the community, the people that work there and ultimately, himself. The sequel Back In Business came out in 2004 and part three drops in 2016!
Mansome (2012) More and more men are taking up grooming in the modern age. In this quirky documentary, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) looks at the history of 'man-hair' and talks to famous Caucasians like Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Zach Galifianakis about beards, bushes and manliness. Informative, funny and insightful.
You Don't Mess With The Zohan (2008) We had to throw in some slapstick comedy. Adam Sandler stars in this gem, where he plays a deadly Israeli special forces soldier that fakes his own death so he can move to New York City and pursue his dream to be a hair stylist. Unfortunately his clandestine past catches up with him! If you can think of a more outrageous plot, we'll give you a free makeover at a barber of your choice (jokes).
Hair (1979) This is a cult classic for the film-buffs out there. Hair is a musical war comedy-drama that was adapted from the Broadway musical with the same name. The story revolves around a Vietnam War draftee who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. The hippies introduce him to their world of recreational drugs, music, unorthodox relationships and draft dodging. Sometimes what hair represents is even more important than what it looks like!