Movie night is one of our favorite ways to unwind, which is why we created a list of our must-watch go-tos. Whether you’re a fan of documentaries or laugh-out-loud comedies, action or musical adaptations, there’s something here for everyone. One thing these films all have in common? Hair in a leading role.
A day in the life of a Chicago barbershop. Ice Cube plays the shop’s reluctant owner, who sells the business he’s inherited from his late father to a greedy loan shark for a quick buck. Too late, he realizes his barbershop is a vital part of the community. He and his eclectic staff must try to raise enough money to buy it back—and the price has doubled.
- Beauty Shop
This breezy Barbershop spinoff stars Queen Latifah as a stylist and single mom who’s moved to Atlanta so her piano-prodigy daughter can attend an exclusive music school. After clashing with a critical boss, she says good riddance to his stressful salon and opens her own beauty shop. She also meets the handsome electrician upstairs, lands a deal with CoverGirl for her homemade conditioner, and one-ups the snooty ex-boss (Kevin Bacon).
- Blow Dry
Before Drybar, there was The Cut Above. When a small English town hosts the British Hairdressing Championship, local salon owner and 2-time winner Phil Allen (Alan Rickman) couldn’t be less interested in participating. But when his estranged wife (Natasha Richardson) receives a terminal cancer diagnosis, she convinces Phil, son Brian (Josh Hartnett), and girlfriend Sandra (Rachel Griffiths) to go head-to-head in the competition against Phil’s old rival (Bill Nighy) and his beautiful colorist daughter (Rachael Leigh Cook).
- Good Hair
Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary was inspired by a simple question from his young daughter—“Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” What follows is a deep dive into the complex relationship many African-American women have with their natural hair. The film provides a sobering look at why so-called “good hair” is so far from the natural characteristics of black hair, and the health and financial burdens women shoulder to acquire it. But thanks to Rock’s charisma and easy rapport with the interviewees, this movie is more celebratory than critical, with the message: “Whatever makes you happy is good hair.”
The first of two hair-loving sixties musicals on this list. This ode to the counterculture follows a Vietnam draftee who visits New York before enlistment and falls in with a tribe of Central Park hippies. He develops an awareness of race and class issues, drops acid, and becomes an advocate for peace. With a persuasive argument for keeping hair long, in song.
Ratted hair, don’t care. This feel-good musical has it all—songs, stars, #StyleInspo. Set in 1960s Baltimore, it’s the story of plucky high school student Tracy Turnblad’s quest to appear on a local dance television show and win the “Miss Teen Hairspray” pageant. Instead she falls in love, develops a social conscience, repairs her relationship with her mother (John Travolta), and, yes, becomes a dancing sensation, ‘cause you can’t stop the beat.
This Morgan Spurlock documentary is an exploration of masculine identity in the age of manscaping, extreme grooming, and changing aesthetic standards. It introduces us to several extreme cases, from a professional wrestler to a fashion buyer to the first American winner of the German Beard and Moustache Championships, all with wildly (and we do mean wildly) different facial hair and body grooming regimens and concepts of beauty.
In this satirical rom-com set on the eve of the 1968 presidential election, Warren Beatty plays a suave Beverly Hills hairdresser involved with many, many women, who dreams of opening his own salon but doesn’t have the money. Despite dating Goldie Hawn, he still carries a torch for Julie Christie. A sharp look at political and sexual politics, with the backdrop of Nixon’s election played for dramatic irony. Worth seeing for Carrie Fisher’s turn as the acerbic daughter of one of Beatty’s clients.
This instant Disney classic is Rapunzel, revamped. Mandy Moore voices a bored princess trapped in a tower until her 18th birthday. When a dashing thief breaks in, they decide to escape together. In this version of the story, Rapunzel’s hair glows when she sings, so it’s a safe bet she uses our Color Reviving Gloss.
- You Don’t Mess With the Zohan
An Israeli Special Forces soldier (Adam Sandler) dreams of becoming a hairstylist in New York City. He fakes his own death and stows away in the cargo hold of an American-bound plane, where he reinvents himself as stylist “Scrappy Coco.” Worlds collide when he is identified by a Palestinian cab driver (Rob Schneider) who bears a grudge. Do expect to laugh, but don’t expect to come away with a better understanding of Middle Eastern policy.
And that’s a wrap!