If you’re by now missing “Lovecraft Country” and wishing HBO would just go forward and frickin’ renew it presently, then “Bad Hair” is just what the physician ordered. Getting a style tale established in the not-as-distant-as-we’d-like-to-think earlier and explained to from a proudly Black viewpoint, the new horror satire from “Dear White People’s” Justin Simien hits similar beats.
Having put in 1989, “Bad Hair” sees Anna (Elle Lorraine, who performs Issa’s scene-thieving neighbor on “Insecure”) making an attempt and failing to increase the ranks at the predominantly Black tunes television channel Tradition. When Society receives a new boss (Vanessa Williams) and starts retooling in order to attractiveness to a white audience, Anna decides transforming her glimpse could be her ideal bet at retaining her career. So, at her co-worker’s recommendation, she will get a weave.
Suddenly, Anna’s strategies for Culture are getting traction and she’s remaining seen. It is good, until eventually it’s not. Anna likes the way she appears to be and feels, but, in a “Little Store of Horrors”-esque spin, she discovers that her hair is, very well, alive — and involves feeding. Even even worse, Anna’s not the only girl at Society who’s been pressured into modifying her hair.
Let me just consider this minute to say that, as a white woman, I’m not just equipped to remark on Black hair: I know more than enough to recognize that Black individuals, in particular women of all ages, are consistently policed and fetishized for how they pick to dress in their hair, and I also admit that I’ll by no means be in a position to fully have an understanding of what which is like.
I will say, from my perspective, “Bad Hair” does a terrific occupation unpacking the horrors that appear when one’s hair — and by extension, one’s look — is fodder for general public discussion. When Anna wears her hair the natural way, she’s overlooked and neglected. With her weave, she’s a lot more prosperous than at any time but has to put up with accusations that she’s promoting out and generating herself extra palatable to whites.
“Bad Hair” is also genuine about the soreness and expenditure Black women ought to endure if they want to change their hair. From limited braids to sewn-in weaves to chemical relaxers that melt away the scalp, Anna suffers a good deal in this movie — and that’s prior to the gore aspect kicks in. The certainly scary portion of “Bad Hair” isn’t the monster weave: it’s the incredibly serious fact that, for Black females, hair at times dictates who you’re permitted to be.
“Bad Hair” is now enjoying at pick push-in theaters, and is accessible on Hulu.