Leila Cohoon, a hairstylist, visited an antique dealer in 1956 and discovered a (6” x 6”) gold frame with a small wreath of human air.
The discovery ignited a need and urgency to preserve similar art collections, explaining why she began collecting antique hair art.
Today, Leila owns a hair museum, the only one of its kind worldwide.
Leila’s Hair Museum is a unique museum that displays antique hair art collections. It has a gallery that displays all kinds of hair wreaths collected across decades, centuries, and eras to preserve the art. Leila Cohoon founded the Hair Museum in 1986 when she opened its first location.
However, the idea of antique hair art collection dates back to 1956 when she discovered a gold frame (6” x 6”) with a small wreath of human hair at an antique dealer she visited. Her passion for collecting antique hair art was ignited with the discovery of the gold frame with a wreath of hair. She developed the need and urge to preserve the form of art.
The hair museum is the only one of its kind in the entire world.
The Hair Museum has a number of antique hair art collections on display that appeal to our audience. They include:
- Hair wreaths
- A snippet of the Hollywood glam bob for Marilyn Monroe
First opened in 1986, the museum was quickly filled up with more antique hair art collections. This was attributed to Leila’s commitment to hair and growing passion in the art collection. Later in 2005, the museum moved to a new, bigger location to accommodate Leila’s thriving and increasing number of collections.
Dating back to the Victorian Period from 1800 to 1900, most hair collections in the museum are made up of tightly-woven and colorful hair strands, or hair wreaths that represent families.
The wreaths are fixed onto a mat board material with tucked in frames. Hung salon-style, the wreaths are placed one on top of another with little space left between them.
With a personal, private, sacred, and mausoleum like appearance, the museum doesn’t look as if it’s meant for an audience.