Detroit: Hair Capital of the World

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Image credit: Justin Milhouse / Framed by WDET

Since the 1980s, Detroit hair designers have stretched the boundaries of what could be done with hair.

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Since the 1980s, Detroit stylists have designed larger than life hair creations to be shown off at the city’s annual Hair Wars event. Behind these extravagant formations of shapes and colors is a local industry of highly skilled barbers and stylists. Through hair they have personified Detroit’s culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity.

Audio storyteller Shannon Cason and photographer Justin Milhouse have collaborated to tell this story of Detroit, “Hair Capital of the World.”

Experience narratives from local hair shops in-person at a photography and audio storytelling exhibit located a block away from where many of the stories take place. The opening of “Hair Capital of the World” will take place Thursday, April 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Artist Village Detroit. This installation is free and open to the public and will be on display through April 23.

Learn more about this Framed by WDET audio-visual installation and RSVP at


Taken as a part of Framed by WDET: Hair Capital of the WorldJustin Milhouse / Framed by WDET
Justin Milhouse / Framed by WDET

Taken as a part of Framed by WDET: Hair Capital of the World


Shannon Cason, Storyteller

Shannon Cason is a storyteller who has traveled all over the country to share his stories. He is a MainStage storyteller and GrandSlam champion with The Moth and host of “Homemade Stories” podcast.

Framed by WDET 101.9 FM

This post is a part of Framed by WDET 101.9 FM.

A series of traveling audio-visual exhibitions that integrate photography and audio storytelling to present the stories of ethnic and cultural communities throughout the Detroit region. Produced by WDET 101.9 FM.

Supported by individual contributions, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and our series sponsors.



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