<i>By Kemp Powers, Special to The Times</i><br> <br> Automobiles aren’t the only Detroit export that’s taken a hit due to the economy. The Motor City has also long been renowned as a creative center for avant-garde African American hairstyles, with its signature event for almost a quarter century the annual Hair Wars.<br> <br> Started in 1985 by Detroit-area promoter David “Hump the Grinder” Humphries, Hair Wars isn’t a competition, but more of a runway showcase that allows stylists to show off some of their most cutting-edge hairdos. It was at an early Hair Wars that the “Hairy-copter” (yes, a hairstyle in the shape of a helicopter with actual rotating blades, thanks to a battery pack on the model’s head) first wowed crowds.<br> <br> At its height in the mid-'90s, the show expanded to a 10-city national tour (including Los Angeles). But the struggling economy brought the national tour to a halt in 2006. Despite having to scale back, Hair Wars is still going strong in its home city, and last weekend more than 1,000 spectators packed the ballroom of the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Troy, Mich., for the 24th annual display of over-the-top hair fashion by such “hair entertainers” as Kevin Carter, Willie “Little Willie” Robinson, Tiffany “Tiff Da Barber” Brummitt and “Weaven” Steven Noss.<br> <br> Pictured: The participating stylists spend weeks, sometimes months, preparing their signature styles for the show. The models must then show up hours before show time to have the elaborate pieces installed, as was the case with this peacock-style hairdo, shown here during an early phase and ...

Though many of the hairstyles on display are practical, Hair Wars’ claim to fame is its over-the top tresses, such as the obviously titled “I-95” ...

A Hair Wars model prepares her makeup before hitting the runway.“what was a party with a little hair became lot’s of hair with an after party”

detroit should forget about saving the automotive industry and focus their attention on dj “hump the grinder” and his ‘gimmick parties’. it all started in 1985 for just a bit of fun in the club and has since grown into a nation wide success.
detroit knows how to do it.



One thought on “DETROIT HAIR WARS

  1. Hump The Grinder says:

    Thanks to Party Hair Everywhere for the encouraging quote. The city of Detroit should focus on what’s positive, like the hair industry, instead of what WAS popular in the auto industry. Detroit is still ‘The Hair Capital of the World,’ and you can see why on Sunday, July 18, 2010 at The Met Hotel (formerly the Hilton) on Crooks Rd. & I-75 in Troy, Michigan. Hump The Grinder’s Hair Wars celebrates 25 years of entertaining America….and check out the documentary, THE HAIR WARS STORY.For more, visit the website:

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