For those of you that don’t know Nappily Ever After was released on Netflix, September 21, 2018 and let me tell you the movie surpassed all expectations that you would’ve gotten from the trailers. It was a beautiful, emotional movie that taught us to be the woman we want to be not what others want us to be.
Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour this book turned movie is a classic uptake on a romantic comedy without too much love inerest or beauty to distract us from the clear message it aims to send. ” Be the woman you want to be , not what others want you to be”. When we first Violet (Sanaa Lathan) she sneaks out of bed to do her hair and makeup with her mother sneaking over to flat iron her hair, all before her boyfriend Clint (Ricky Whittle) wakes up.
This high strung marketing exec obsessed with being the person everyone wants her to be is expecting a ring but instead gets a puppy and has a dramatic breakdown after breaking up with her boyfirend, who accuses her of “never letting her hair down”. She decides to get a makeover and after unsuccessfully achieving it, she has a meltdown, shaves her head rethinks her career and sparks a love interest with the salon owner and hairdresser, Will (Lyriq Bent) and decides to mentor his daughter Zoe (Daria Johns).
The film ends with Violet jumping into Clint’s parents pool and inviting everyone for a swim and then cutting to Violet marketing Will’s hair products and walking out with her held high fully confident in who she is.
If you delve deeper into the film you’ll see that Violet really has no love connection with Clint, they are stotic from the start together. Will is the worst of the two. He’s positioned as an opposite to Clint’s image obsessed life — which is especially apparent once we see him interact with his parents. But Will is often condescending toward Violet, acting as if he knows the reality of a black woman better than she would know herself. Comparing relaxing a black woman’s hair to “being a vet putting down an animal”. The Director may have over extended several shots and the movie lacks dimension in several political topics showcased in the movie, nevertheless I thought it was charming to watch. I should know I’ve watched it 3 times with more to come.
Today’s Hair Product Mention
Today’s honourable hair product mention is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.
Allure’s Best of Beauty 2011/2012 Award Recipient, the 3 Minute Miracle is a deep conditioner used to hydrate and moisturize hair. This 8 ounce squeezable bottle is one of the top rated deep conditioners in the natural hair community. Though it is not completely natural (it does have silicones) I’ve certainly never heard any complaints nor had one myself and I’ve been using this product for over a year now.
Let’s be honest you don’t always have the time to do a 20 -30 minute deep conditioning treatment (insert Aussie 3 Minute Miracle here). Usine Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle you only need 3 minutes to get the full benefits of deep conditioning. Not to mention the smell is to die for!
Ingredients: water, stearyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, cetyl alcohol, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, dimethicone, fragrance, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, ecklonia radiata extract, benzyl alcohol, edta, methylchloroiso- thiazolinone, methylisothia- zolinone, glutamic acid.