Leila Cohoon is a former hair stylist who just can’t get enough of hair. So passionate about hair is Leila that she began collecting hair art way back in 1949. She buys and restores them – wreaths, jewelry, and portraits with real hair glued on.
And in 1990, she opened the only hair museum in the world at Independence, Missouri, with 600 hair wreaths and more than 2,000 pieces of human hair jewelry dating back to the 18th century, like a pair of wreaths crafted from the hair of two sisters whose heads were shaved upon entering a convent.
There’s even a little of Hollywood in residence, with strands from Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and Phyllis Diller on display. Queen Victoria and four presidents have also made contributions. Hair raising indeed.