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Anyone with hair on their head knows how little control one has over the way they look. Sometimes you wake up perfectly coiffed for the world, and ready to fight for love, freedom, and a pay raise. Other mornings as modern, independent adults, we know something as trivial as a “bad hair day” bothers us. Hence when the hero of Netflix's fresh, lively, and fast-paced period drama about the US' first 'self-made' female millionaire proclaims, “Hair is power. You can’t imagine what it’s like to lose it,” it hits right home.

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker chronicles the rise of the hair care pioneer Sarah Breedlove (Octavia Spencer), a black entrepreneur whose “Cain versus Abel relationship” with her hair was the catalyst for a beauty empire that revolutionised 20th century ideals about female enterprise, African American commerce, and beauty standards for women of colour.

Having watched this series recently - thoroughly enjoyable . Rating 4/5 stars

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