This Chicago Hair Artist is Killing the Protective Styles Game

In 2002, Chicago saw a rise in protective styles that left lasting impressions, thanks to the talent and creative vision of Mo G, who goes by @gotothemo on Instagram, a hair artist specializing in natural hairstyles since the beginning of the 21st century. From tribal braids with beaded bangs to goddess braids with baby hair details and every natural style that could make a statement in between, Mo G’s black girl mane magic knows no limit. While it’s her feed that supplies women who wear their natural hair with protective style inspiration, it’s her collaborative spirit that keeps her passion alive. If you have a concept for a photo shoot and are searching for creative hairstyles, Mo G is eager to contribute to that process, as she states in her Instagram captions. Get ready to screenshot and keep scrolling for our favorite natural and protective styles by Mo G.

Jumbo Box Braids and Babies Laid

This sleek center part with braids that meet in the front create a cool juxtaposition and take Mo G’s jumbo box braids to another level. And lest we overlook those edges.

 

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Goddess Braids

Switch up your go-to long braided ponytail with braided bangs beautified by wooden beads, like Mo G did here.

 

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Tree Headdress

Like leaves sprouting from a tree, this nature-inspired headdress made of braids blows our minds.

 

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Ponytail Braid

Mo G knows all too well that a curly ponytail has special powers when you incorporate braids in alternating directions. Leave out a braid or two near the hair line and sideburns for extra wow.

 

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Half-Up Braids

A cool take on the half-up hair, these natural curls get the best of both worlds—defined coils and clean braids at the crown.

 

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Triangle Bantu Knots

These triangle part bantu knots have Mo G’s expertise written all over them.

 

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Mermaid Updos

Beads, blue-green eyeshadow, and gold ponytail cuffs make Mo G’s melanin mermaids come to life.

 

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Braid Fringe

Looking to try bangs but don’t want the commitment? Mo G’s braided fringe front is the perfect alternative for bangs that stay put and slay.

 

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Top Knot Twists

For a more creative style, try Mo G’s braided knot twists with added hair charms on your braids.

 

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Afro Puffs

Mommy-and-me natural hairstyles don’t get chicer than this.

 

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Read these tips on how to prevent breakage in protective styles

 

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