Chris Rock Talks 'Good Hair'

You got this idea because your two daughters asked you why they didn't have "good hair."
Yeah, that was part of it. But I'd always been fascinated by the big hair show down in Atlanta. I thought, I need to do something on this.

It was amazing to see Nia Long and Raven-Symoné talk about getting weaves and extensions. Were you surprised by their honesty?
I'm a comic, so I think people feel more at ease when I ask them questions. But I also think these women just wanted to be a part of something that explained what blacks feel they have to do to feel accepted in society. It's a deep issue that isn't as simple as wanting to look white or be something you're not. These women break down the trials of black women in many ways, and they let you know it ain't easy.

You really go after the hair-relaxer business. Why?
I used to get perms—I had a Jheri curl for years, and it used to burn my scalp like crazy. But when I did research and found out that those chemicals could be used in warfare and we're putting them on our scalps, it was scary.

Speaking of perms, you have the Rev. Al Sharpton speaking about how seriously he takes his hair. Why him?
Come on, you have to have the good reverend in anything that deals with black hair. He's so not ashamed of discussing his hair and how he keeps it up with a scarf and whatever. His thoughts on black life and what it involves can be priceless.

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