Reporting Kathryn Larson
DETROIT (WWJ) - It all started in nightclubs across Detroit in 1985. Local hairstylists took the stage to show off their unique and elaborate hair creations.
Today, it has transformed into Hair Wars, an annual touring event that has become one of the largest hair shows in the United States. This past weekend, the acclaimed show returned to where it all started for its tour stop at Cobo Center.
Ruby Jean Davis, 67, is one of the event’s longest running performers. She spoke with WWJ’s Kathryn Larson about the excitement of Hair Wars returning to its roots.
“This is where it all began, the hair capital of the world,” she said.
The event attracts hairstylists from all across the country who are all hoping to claim bragging rights as having the most creative hair style in the business. Along with fashion shows, Hair Wars also features music and choreographed dances performed by teams and local salons.
Alley Dushaw, owner of the A-List Salon on Detroit’s west side, performed a dance with his salon based off of the classic Flintstones cartoon.
“There’s a scene in a nightclub called the Bedrock Twist and we’re going to perform that tonight on the stage,” Dushaw said.
The cultural phenomenon will now continue on its nationwide tour that spans from New York City to Las Vegas with the goals of showcasing some of the hottest hair style trends in the country.