Hair Wars, the show where mainstream taste comes to die, and hair artistes let their freak flag fly. Hair Wars is an extremely unique event that celebrates hair creations. It’s held annually in Detroit, and attracts the elite of the world’s extreme hair stylists. It’s not a competition, it’s a platform for hairdressers to show their flair and funside. Each year has a different theme, and they have ranged from Car Show to Breast Cancer Awareness.
The Hair Wars show has deep roots in Detroit history, founded in 1985 as a gimmick to entertained the nightclub crowds. DJ David Humphries (colloquially called Hump the Grinder) wanted a playful element to his night spinning dics, and the hairstylists of the town loved the chance to parade their skillset to an enthusiastic crowd. Beauty school started adopting this idea to encourage students and Hair Entertainment moved into an industry of its own.
Big names in this world are classified as ‘hair entertainers’ and the designs they have serve a secondary artstsic purpose Over the years, the small Detroit show has expanded, and it now offers hair technique classes and sponsorships deals.
Year by year, designs get more eccentric and unique, and I love looking at images of huge hair creations, sculpted hair-cycles and dinner tables laden with plates and red cups perched upon models’ heads.
Holy Hair Bible. Yes, really.
Pink style created by Tori J, influenced by Breast Cancer Awareness
The 2013 theme is Back to the Future and I can’t wait to see what they come up.
For more information check out the HairWars website