UK DOCUMENTARY: KICKIN IT WITH THE KINKS (TRAILER)

KICKIN’ IT WITH THE KINKS is a documentary that explores the complexities of haircare among women and especially among women of African descent. While many have opted to be part of the growing trend of ‘going natural’ others continue to go through great lengths to achieve unnaturally long flowy hair.

The history of afro-textured hair is re-visited, norms derived from these explored and the dangers of chemical products unveiled. Mundia, a Manchester based student, explores this area further. She documents the reality of how much time, effort and money women dedicate to their hair and also meets with specialists who are able to give insightful points into the history of afro textured hair and the ever booming hair product and hair extension industries.

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  1. ok now lets see what occuring here then….!! … i am glad for this documentary tho i fear .. many have switched off.. to the idea of even listening to a documentary about such things

  2. This is great. I like balanced documentaries, I hope this is one of them and not another black hair debate where the narrative is one of those “If you dont have natural hair, then you not a real sister!” I hate that!. No one wants to be patronised to. Its about education and teaching women that you have a choice to wear your hair as you please, but understand the natural beauty in you is not something to be ashamed off. Complex issues with alot of history and psychological issues behind it.

  3. Terra :This is great. I like balanced documentaries, I hope this is one of them and not another black hair debate where the narrative is one of those “If you dont have natural hair, then you not a real sister!” I hate that!. No one wants to be patronised to. Its about education and teaching women that you have a choice to wear your hair as you please, but understand the natural beauty in you is not something to be ashamed off. Complex issues with alot of history and psychological issues behind it.

    You can wear your hair as you please. But just don’t add those tracks, extensions etc.. that’s NOT your hair. Wear your own crown ladies . We don’t care if you fry it as long as what up there truly is yours.

    Wanna end up like Naomi ?

  4. @Lechatnoir, extensions don’t make your hair fall out, not taking care of it does.
    Although I am natural I couldn’t care less what other people do to their heads, I love it all ( relaxed, weaved up, braided, short, natural etc… as long it looks good.

    Anyway, I went to the premiere of the documentary early June ( Felicia was actually there), it was good. Kudos to the young lady who did the documentary.

  5. You can wear your hair as you please… just dont add those tracks, extensions etc..

    What a contradiction!! SMH

    I patiently await the day when documentaries like this are no longer relevant and ‘natural’ for a black women is not a political statement or ‘movement’.

  6. Black women have been wearing wigs and extensions for centuries. I can’t stand the all the way to the bum flex I’ve been seeing of late but I wear weaves often and occasionally I have a ‘wear my own hair phase’… I look at hair as an accessory and changing it up in style, colour, length, texture is all part of it….. like someone else mentioned… so long as it looks good…. Some men are funny though…they say they don’t like weave but ask them to name their ideal women and 9 times out of 10, she’s not wearing her own hair (no matter what colour she is). I myself are more concerned with the increasing incidences of skin bleaching I’m seeing….

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