Without question, hair is a major issue. Mainstream hair culture still suffers along under the terribly retrograde, double-bind of a beauty standard that dictates a woman must spend a lot of time on her hair to make it look as good as possible, while also pretending to have achieved this look effortlessly. This is just one reason that Hump the Grinder’s Hair Wars, which took place at the Cobo Center on Sunday, April 28th, was a tremendously refreshing and fun event: everyone involved took a lot of time to look as good as possible, and they aren’t afraid to let you know it.
The event went far beyond hair, though; it was more like a runway celebration of salon culture, fashion, dance and community. While all participants were indisputably serious about hair, everyone was equally serious about having a good time, and the ambiance was incredibly upbeat, ushered enthusiastically along by emcee Giori-O of Beverly Hills. Salons from Indiana, Ohio and, of course, Detroit were featured, sending models down the runway in every imaginable interpretation of the “Back to the Future” theme. Words can’t really do it justice, so I’ve included a lot of pictures, as well as commentary by Mackenzie Q, one of Metro Detroit’s premier stylists, who graciously provided some professional appraisal and style predictions for 2013 in the captions. Enjoy!