Is the #BigChopChallenge a thing yet? If it's not, I imagine it will be after Netflix's Nappily Ever After, romantic comedy (based on the book by Trisha R. Thomas) about a black woman's complicated relationship with her hair debuts.
Lord and my Twitter followers know I've been contemplating shaving my head ever since star Sanaa Lathan took the debuted her sleek look during production. And after seeing the surprisingly emotional trailer for the movie, it's even more tempting.
In the preview below, type A workaholic Violet struggles with an obsession to be perfect, and that includes dropping a fortune to perm, press and weave her hair. Thanks to respectability politics instilled in her by her mother, she is a slave to the salon. After her boyfriend (played by the dashing Ricky Whittle) fails to propose, she ditches her hair and begins to care for her spirit instead.
While Nappily Ever After has all the makings of a classic romantic comedy, there's a bigger message about self-acceptance for a black women, that includes breaking out of the complicated and often painful relationship with our hair. Whatever happens beyond that is just a bonus.
Protect your edges when Nappily Ever After premieres on September 21.
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