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Framed by WDET: Hair Capital of the World

  • The Artist Village Detroit 17405 Lahser Road Detroit, MI, 48219 United States (map)

An audio-visual storytelling experience of Detroit’s hair legacy and culture featuring photography by Justin 'JMillz' Milhouse and audio stories by Shannon Cason.

Sponsored by Optik Detroit PopUp

Since the 1980s, Detroit stylists have designed larger than life hair creations to be shown off at the HAIR WARS - Detroit 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 the story of Detroit, “Hair Capital of the World.” Experience narratives from local beauty and barber shops at this photography and audio storytelling exhibit.

This opening event will also include a preview of what you can expect at this year's Hair Wars: The Motown Show, with brief stage performances by Detroit hair entertainers Keith Matthews, Adonnus Terrell and Alonzo Palmer. 

This exhibit will be on display at The Artist Village Detroit through April 23.

Want to see more? Purchase tickets to the 2016 Hair Wars: The Motown Show on Sunday, April 17 at the Ford Community Arts & Performance Center at


Made possible with support from individual contributors, the Knight FoundationMichigan Council for Arts and Cultural AffairsNational Endowment for the ArtsThe Kresge Foundation and our series sponsor Optik Detroit PopUp.