Hairstyles that were once used to distinguish African tribes have grown into an art form that goes beyond hairstyles. Meet the hair braider Mo G and learn how she uses braids to push the cultural bias of thinking that she doesn’t look professional.
For decades, black women have been told that their hair is acceptable only if it is straightened, according to Eurocentric thinking.
“When we returned to slavery, it used to be a hair-covering law,” Mo G said. “All black women had to cover or shave their hair. Our Afro is cute, but it was a way to keep us in check. Shorten the curfew for those hired and employed. It was made to do. “
That’s why professional hair braider Mo G’s mission is to help you understand the beauty of natural hair.
“When interviewed, people will cancel their braid reservations,” Mo G said. “I always say,’It’s not the job you want. Go to the interview with the braid. It’s okay.”
“Hair tresses vary by race,” Mo G continues. “Blacks have finer hair. The tighter the curls from 1A to 4C, the more curled the hairstyle. The more curled the hair, the thinner the strands. If the strands are thin, it will cut very easily. This is why we have a braid-like protective style, because we can’t always manipulate the hair.
From afro to locs, there are many ways black women can naturally straighten their hair without straightening it to prevent damage. However, until he was asked to appear in an art show, Mo G realized that the intricate patterns and details of the braid were more than a protective style.
“I used to decorate the walls with braids, and a curator named Cierra said,’This is art. Can I decorate this?” What do you want to display? “She said,” This is art. That’s it. ” And I thought, “No, this is just the hair I dropped.” But shortly thereafter, I recognized and appreciated knitting as an art form. It’s just because I grew up in the community. Was considered a deal. “
But what the non-profit Urban Gateways see as a link to a bigger problem is the art form within the industry. That’s why they featured her in an ongoing community conversation series.Art &“
“This series features artists like Mo G. The artists who embody it can find art everywhere.
“We see that art has always played a role in thinking about how to push new ideas. How do you use it to convey fairness, inclusiveness, and justice? It has always been. It’s built into art, but how do you shed light on it and think about the role that we all play? “
As an artist, Mo G’s role has always been to oppose the cultural bias that defends black women and to ensure that they love their hair in every state.
“Black women need to have a happy face all the time, so we need to have time to look after ourselves. We must always be strong. It’s all about sitting and enjoying luxury. Only when I have my hair trimmed. I like to give that opportunity to my mom, sister and grandma. I don’t have to do anything, but I sit here and get clean. “
Next to the Urban Gateways conversation series is Art & Resistance, June 9th, 7pm.
Video Extras: Learn more about how to knit your hair with a special tutorial by Mo G.
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Angel Idou JCS Fund Dupage Foundation Art correspondent.