Written by Bria Thurman
After attending B.L.A.C.K’s braiding workshop I can confidently say that anyone can braid hair but not everyone will sit for 5+ hours to make some money.
I loved everything about this workshop. I almost got my hair done for free but my friend kept telling the girl who could do my hair that I was allergic to the weave, which I am, but that is not the point. Having safe spaces to relax, learn and congregate with people who have similar experiences to you is probably the most important self-care activity one can do for themselves. Especially in a place where the dedication to exclusion feels so strong.
We were there for maybe two hours and it was a really enjoyable time. I actually knew how to do everything they taught that night but my friends did not. We learned stitch braids, jumbo braids, and cornrowing which are not very different fundamentally but like any craft, they take time to achieve a professional level of advancement. The person there teaching us worked with us and was really patient. Hair in the black community is communal and it is part of a shared experience within the diaspora. We had an evening dedicated to better understanding a part of ourselves the world had decided to dismiss.
The braiding workshop was probably the most relaxing event I have been to this entire year. I enjoyed all of the tips and tricks I learned and hopefully my friends were learning how to do their own hair and other’s hair. It was great to see people that looked like my family sit down and be comfortable especially after multiple racist incidents on campus. This workshop was such a success that B.L.A.C.K is considering doing a barber workshop which is another workshop I will for sure attend.👍🏾