Thursday, March 27, 2008

Old Hair Makes Beautiful Art

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A woman in Independence, Missouri, has gotten herself into a hairy situation.

Leila Cahoon is the owner of Leila’s Hair Museum, which holds more than 2,000 pieces of antique art and jewelry made of hair.

Hair is an obsession that’s taken over Cahoon’s life since she began her collection in 1956.

She says, “Hair has been my whole life. My husband asks when I’m gonna get over this obsession, and I say ‘Never.’ I’m gonna collect until the day I die.”

Among the treasure trove of tresses are locks belonging to Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley – whose hairdresser Cahoon knew personally – and famous duelers Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.

Cahoon calls her collection “a roomful of D.N.A.” and sees hair as a metaphor for the soul.

She explains, “Hair is the only part of the human body that stays after death, and I think that’s special.”

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