The Art of Hair: A Day of Hair, Beauty, Body, and Spirit, March 14

| March 3, 2015
Sisters Clydia Early and Sherry Early-Aden have been dubbed expert "hairtrepeneurs" by the business world.

Sisters Clydia Early and Sherry Early-Aden have been dubbed expert “hairtrepeneurs” by the business world.

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Identity Counts Cultural Consultants

You see my glory but you don’t know my hair story!”—Green Hair Revolution

Most of us have it and wear it like a crown jewel; and those who don’t still present themselves in ways that express something meaningful about its absence. We spend time, talent, and treasure on how to style it, cut it, shape it so that it best expresses who we are—that is, how we want to the world to see us.

Be it on your body, face, or head, whether removed, replaced, relaxed, dyed, long, short, curly, straight, or synthetic, hair is fundamentally inscribed with meaning as a display of personal preference or imposed rules of conduct. Hairiness, hairlessness, hair texture, color, and style can define and distinguish individuals so that hair is at once universal and distinctive.

Call our human relationship to it: the art of hair! In fact, that’s exactly what the hairtrepreneurs of Green Hair Revolution (GHR) call the special day of hair, beauty, body and spirit they’ve collaborated with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA) to present, on March 14.

The Art of Hair is scheduled to feature workshops, demonstrations, discussions and presentations all on the subject of natural hair, beauty, body and spirit, and will begin at noon and run through 5 p.m.

“Hair is something everyone can relate to,” said Clydia Early, co-owner of GHR. “This event is needed to give people in Fort Wayne an opportunity and space to become informed about healthy strategies for taking care of their hair and themselves; for loving themselves from head to foot. It’s important for people to have the professional help needed to become empowered in this important part of their lives, especially in the toxic environment we live in today.”

The sisters realized “after many forums, meet-ups, and reflections on the power and politics of hair that as a society many of our issues with hair were greater than what was on top of our heads,” said Early who co-founded, and shares ownership of GHR with her sister Sherry Early-Aden. They began the business four years ago simply as an outlet to discuss and share experiences pertaining to hair with other like-minded hair enthusiasts. Both its concept and reach have grown since.

“You have to feel good about yourself on the inside to look good on the outside, and be able to convey that,” she added.

In addition to a series of educational and entertaining workshops and presentations, ticket holders will have free access to and a guided tour of the FWMoA’s exhibit the Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts. Displaying 25 costumes and accessories, set pieces, documentary video excerpts, historical photographs, tour posters, and includes four dramatically-staged ballets that are iconic to the company: A Streetcar Named Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird. the exhibit highlights the company’s history as a school of ballet committed to dancers of color. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook shortly after the assassination of Dr. King, Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children—especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born—the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. Now in its fourth decade, the Dance Theater of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts.

Explaining the global importance of hair, Early said, “Besides its symbolic significance, hair constitutes a global economy as both a commodity and the target of countless products. In 2015, the global hair-care market is forecast to have an amassed value of almost $58 billion, an increase of 18.3 percent since 2010. As an artistic medium and mediator of meaning, hair can communicate a sense of self and otherness to either uphold or upset conventional distinctions between divisions of gender, race, region and religion.

Scheduled workshops and presentations include:

Tapping the Beauty Within—enhancing self-esteem.

Aroma Therapy: Making Scents of It All–history of essential oils, their contemporary role in society, and how they can be used for healthy body and mind today.

All Wrapped Up—hair wrapping for different purposes.

Products in Your Hair—will discuss the use of products that are healthy for the hair, and make product recommendations for different hair types.

Line Dancing—have fun being active while enhancing your health.

Henna 101—henna is a natural dye and hair conditioner that can be used on the body in other countries such as India.

Enhancing Your Natural Beauty—how to use cosmetics to enhance what you already have.

Wig Wam—a place to learn about wigs, their use and appropriateness.

Color 101—color trends in new products for coloring your hair.

Tickets for the event are $15.00 and can be purchased online at www.fwmoa/event/hair, or at the door, 311 E. Main St., the day of the show. The first 100 guests will receive Art of Hair totes with lots of goodies and the official Art of Hair 2015 button. For more information, call FWMoA at 260 422-6467.

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