No matter if they’re rocking a perm, a weave, wear their hair natural, or countless other options, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a black woman who doesn’t have her own hair journey, and many of those stories feature the big chop.
Netflix is now bringing one of those many journeys to the small screen with the film adaptation of Nappily Ever After, a novel by Trisha R. Thomas. The adaptation stars Sanaa Lathan as Violet Jones, an uptight, ambitious, and seemingly flawless woman who has managed to “control” her hair since childhood through the use of perms, hot combs, and weaves. “Ever since I was a kid, my hair was everything,” she says in the trailer. “I had to be fixed. Only then was I perfect.”
That is, until her perfect life begins to unravel after a nasty breakup and an accident at the hairdresser. “Violet begins to realize that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one that she really wanted,” the synopsis of the film reads.
Lathan revealed her big chop last fall on Instagram while she was filming the new movie.
“My hair was like a second job, now I’m forced to focus on myself,” Lathan’s character says at the end of the trailer.
Nappily Ever After premieres via Netflix on September 21 and stars Lathan alongside Ricky Whittle, Lyriq Bent, Ernie Hudson, and Lynn Whitfield. Watch the full trailer above.