Leila Cohoon of Independence, Missouri is a retired hairdresser. She is however, linked to hair in more ways than apparent. Leila collects hair art, and puts it all on display in her museum.
Leila’s collection started in 1956, with wreaths and jewelry made from hair. Initially she stored her collection in her house, under the bed. Around 20 years ago, she decided to display them and started a one-room museum in her cosmetology school. She later rented out a commercial space and runs her museum there.
Her collection includes over 300 wreaths and 2000 pieces of jewelry containing human hair.