I was walking past a hair salon, Hair Are Us, on my way to a performance in Little Five Points, when I noticed the beautiful light illuminating the interior of the salon. I walked through the open door and was subsequently introduced to the world of black women’s hair by the stylist, Maya. Atlanta has long been influential in setting many of the social, political and cultural trends across the United States, particularly for African-Americans, and this has also held true for hair. As a result of the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show, which was launched in Atlanta in 1947, Atlanta is now at the center of the black hair universe. Weaves are especially popular and involve sewing extensions into braids which then increase the length of the hair. Typically, a weave will last two-and-a-half to three months. Maya’s client, Rickira, flew down from Chicago the morning of her appointment, bought 24 inch virgin hair extensions, and then proceeded to sit down in Maya’s chair to get her hair done. Rickira was flying back home the next morning. Maya mentioned that this was not unusual; she has had clients come to Atlanta from all around the country solely for the purpose of getting their hair styled.