Which Detroit TV Personality Has the Best Hair? You Be the Judge
|On Sunday, April 26, the annual Hair Wars event will determine which Detroit-area television personality has the best head of hair.
According to the Detroit Metro Times, all residents from the metro Detroit area are encouraged to vote for who they think has the best hair out of a list of 10 finalists. Finalists range from Amy Andrews of Fox 2 to Local 4 News’s Sandra Ali.
And the hair competition will be just one of the many events going on at Hair Wars, which will be held at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn. This year’s event will feature a Color Show, with more than 30 of Detroit’s most ingenious hair stylists showcasing their best color work on 200 models.
Hair Wars is the brainchild of David Humphries, a former DJ and promoter. Humphries, who calls himself the “Don King of hair,” has been hosting these events annually since 1991 to celebrate Detroit’s devotion to hair. Each year, Hair Wars has become increasingly popular — these days, the event tours 10 major cities, including Los Angeles, New York and Miami.
“The hairstyles in Detroit were so aggressive, but they had no outlet to show off their work, especially to the public,” he told the Metro Times in 2004.
While it’s not technically a competition, those who enter the Hair Wars are often on a constant quest to attain the biggest, most outrageous hairstyles possible. These styles often take months to design and prepare. It’s an event that’s part hair show, part fashion show, part dance recital and part circus.
Black hair is the main focus of the event, Humphries explained, saying he considers Detroit to be a trendsetter in popular black hairstyles. On average, six out of 10 African-Americans will use wigs, weaves and extensions to switch up their styles across the country.
“Just like you think of Paris and Milan as the nucleuses of high fashion, Detroit definitely has become the nucleus of black hair,” he said.
And while Humphries has been approached by multiple TV networks to ink a deal on a Hair Wars-themed reality show, he’s consistently declined their offers.
“They wanted backstage to be chaotic and out of order and people fighting, and that’s not what happens,” he explained.
General admission tickets to Hair Wars are $20; VIP tickets sell for $40.