Posted September 27th, 2018
When I heard of that the movie Nappily ever after was coming out, I was super excited. A movie that is themed about the struggle of black women and their relationship with hair. To be honest, I never heard of the novel by Trisha R Thomas which inspired the movie, which i believe every black woman should be exposed to as least once in their lives. Luckily the movie is out!
The movie follows Violet Jones, played by Sanaa Lathan, and how her hair influences her life and some of the habits she has developed over time. One example of this strange habit is when Violet wakes up before her boyfriend to make sure her hair looks perfect before the boyfriend wakes up. It introduces how her mother's obsession with straight hair and one incident in the pool scarred her for life. As the movie develops, Violet breaks up with her boyfriend after the revelation that she's too perfect for him and she goes through various hair stages like experiment with hair color and wigs each stage influencing her character. After a night out on the town and a run in with the ex she completely loses it and cuts off all her hair(the big chop), signifying a new beginning for her.
This movie tells the story of how a lot of black women's relationship with hair is shaped by their mothers and how hair is linked to our identity as people. It explores the different facets of our lives influences by hair, be it our love lives or work lives.
This movie is a lovely Saturday afternoon get together talking point with your girlfriends and it'll give some points of introspection especially for mothers with daughters on how they shape their own daughter's relationship with hair.
Check out the movie on Netflix.