Apart from making wigs, or for training hairdressers, human hair can have many more purposes. It’s sometimes even used in visual arts by creative artists who want to make unique pieces.
Here are 3 weird ways in which human hair can be used that may surprise you.
For Cleaning Oil Spills
One natural way to help contain oil spills is through the use of hair booms and hair mats. Hair repels water while it attracts and collects contaminants like oil. Watch the video to see how this works.
As A Fertilizer
It turns out that human hair also makes a good plant fertilizer thanks to the nitrogen found with it. Some studies show that hair alone isn’t that effective and it needs to be combined with other compost materials, but there are already companies working on hair-based fertilizers. Source
To Produce Music
The gitgit, a three-stringed violin used by the indigenous people of Mindoro, in the Philipines, has strings made of human hair.
The instrument was used by a man attempting to woo a woman.
Have you heard about any of these ways to use human hair?
Would you like to read about other weird ways in which human hair is used?
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Our New Zealand wool was used once to mop up an oil spill in Alaska. Wool is full of oil which repels water.
Such natural methods are great, because the chemicals used for cleaning oil spills can be very harmful.
Very interesting information. I didn’t know that.
I am glad I shared some new information.
That was news to me. Thanks.
Thank you very much, I am glad I shared new information.
Many people will donate hair to cancer patients.
What they do is really admirable, because the hair has to be healthy, at a certain lenght and not treatened with chemicals, and not everyone could do that.
Indeed, I have thought of doing that.
It’s a very noble way to help others.
what a great post! i knew none of these. (learned something new today) would love more!!!!
That’s awesome, I am happy to hear it!
sad thing is none of that hair was used for dog wigs.
I knew that hair absorbs oil very well, dear Ellie…..nowadays, no one thing surprises me anymore
It would be great if it could be used to clean the oceans on a large scale, because the chemicals they use to clean oil spills are quite harsh.
It is really amazing how many uses human hair has!
Some are very surprising and unexpected.
I have been adding my the hair from my pets into the compost bin for a few months now. Nice to know that human hair can help clean oil spills.
It’s awesome indeed, because what they usually use is harsh chemicals.
Wonder how strong that hair will be that is used to play that musical instrument.
I am curious too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a video of music played on this instrument.