Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Rihanna, Malia Obama give hair cues to city girls

56525926It’s no secret that many African-American women struggle to tame their tresses. “The reason we have to put so much time and love into our hair is because our hair textures are different. It’s all about texture,” says Veronica Forbes, whose Harlem salon, Veronica’s Beautyrama, plays a major role in the documentary “Good Hair.” The film from funnyman Chris Rock (in theaters Oct. 9) explores the relationship young African-American girls have with their hair.

“Just yesterday, my daughter came into the house and said, ‘Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?'” Rock explains at the beginning of his movie, which snagged the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize.

Rock’s film couldn’t be more timely: From the runways at Bryant Park to Tyra taking out her weave during her talk show last week, the $9 billion African-American hair industry is a topic of much debate.


Pictured: Malia Obama looks on during the ‘We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial’ on January 18, 2009 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The event includes a diverse array of talent featuring both musical performances and historical readings and an appearance by U.S. President-elect Barack Obama. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)