Produced by WDET, Detroit's NPR Station

Hair Capital of the World

Hair Capital
of The World

Told by Shannon Cason
Photographed by Justin Milhouse

An audio-visual story about Detroit’s hair legacy and culture.

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 the story of Detroit, “Hair Capital of the World.” Experience narratives from local beauty and barber shops at this photography and audio storytelling exhibit.

Previously displayed at Artist Village Detroit and The Baldwin Public Library.

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Meet the Artists

Shannon Cason

Shannon Cason has shared his stories all over the country. He is a host, MainStage storyteller and GrandSlam champion with The Moth and appears regularly on WNYC’s Snap Judgment Shannon hosts his own storytelling podcast, Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories, which partnered with WBEZ Chicago for the 2014-2015 season.  He is a husband, father, and is originally from Detroit. Visit website.

Justin Milhouse

“Detroit born and raised me, so it’s only right that I give back to the city that made me.” Being exposed to many different mediums of art at a young age fueled Justin’s inspiration to get into photography and videography while attending college as a business major. What started as a hobby and creative outlet transformed into a passion to create and document the world around him. Visit website.

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