Afro Saxons review

National Black Beauty and Hair Awards gets the docu-treatment

Why you can trust GamesRadar+ Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Rival stylists battle for glory at the UK’s National Black Beauty And Hair Awards in this opportunity-missing doc from British co-directors Rachel Wang and Mark Currie.

The duo focus on the extensive preparations of half-a-dozen entrants: a gold-toothed female braid specialist from Tottenham; a couple of highly rated youngsters from Brixton’s Hype Coiffure salon; a Peckham-based Thai husband-and-wife pairing; and a Brummie stylist, who’s hoping to put the London contestants in their place.

It’s a warm-spirited, well-intentioned movie, yet offers a repetitive, visually humdrum and ultimately superficial portrait of its chosen milieu that seems much better suited to the small screen.

Pity it doesn’t explore its subjects’ lives beyond the salon, or ask why hair care is such big business in the black British community. Great title, though.

More info

Available platformsMovie

The Total Film team are made up of the finest minds in all of film journalism. They are: Editor Jane Crowther, Deputy Editor Matt Maytum, Reviews Ed Matthew Leyland, New Editor Jordan Farley, and Online Editor Jack Shepherd. Expect exclusive news, reviews, features, and more from the team behind the smarter movie magazine.