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Leila's Hair Museum

1333 S. Noland Rd.
Independence , MO , United States http://www.hairwork.com/leila/
(816) 833-2955

The Museum: Former hair stylist Leila Cohoon has spent a good deal of her life working with hair. There was the salon work, of course, but she discovered her real passion in an antique store, buying and restoring hair art: wreaths, jewelry, and portraits with real hair glued on. Cohoon began collecting hair art in 1949 as a hobby; pinched for storage space, she opened her museum in 1990.

The Exhibits: Much of the museum consists of 18th-century hair art, like a pair of wreaths crafted from the hair of two sisters whose heads were shaved upon entering a convent. There’s even a bit of Hollywood here: The museum boasts strands of Marilyn Monroe’s hair, as well as a wreath woven from the donated hair of Phyllis Diller.

Admission: Adults: $5; Seniors/Children under 12: $2.50

Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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