Have you ever wonder what your hair is made of. Well, human hair is made from the same stuff found in your cats and dog’s claws, Horse hooves, bird feathers, and even antlers. The name for this body protein is keratin. As simple as hair can be it can be a way of representing one’s class, indicate one’s religious faith, or simply a way of expressing yourself. Hair can make women envious of each other, causes men to feel the need to purchase fast cars, and give kids a way to rebel against their parents.
Hair is not so simple as it can lead to all sorts of complexities. Besides being a collector of dandruff and flakes, hair is use in some very interesting ways.
Wig Making: Wig making is a no-brainer. Wigs made from human hair looks very natural and are quite strong and help thousands of people to cope with hair loss. Many people donate their hair for special causes and most of the donated hair goes into wig making. If you wonder how much human hair can cost, it’s around $40.00 per ounce.
Hair for gardening: Human hair can help people grow food. Many companies use imported hair to make gardening products. The hair is weaved into mats to help plants and crops grow strong and protect them from bad weather and insects. Also, using these hair mats will have great environmental benefits. Ultimately, the mats reduce the amount of water use to grow things by almost half. It also reduces the use of fertilizer because hair naturally releases nitrogen, which promotes growth in plants.
Cleaning Up Oil Spills: Human hairs are like sponges, it soaks up liquids. Naturally hair mats will be great for cleaning up messy oil spills. Your hair will get oily if you don’t wash it for a couple of days. It absorbs oil really well and won’t come out even if you wash with water. It will only come out if you use shampoo. An example of this at work was in 2007, in the San Francisco Bay when the Cosco Busan oil spill occurred. Volunteers used mats of human hair to clean the beach and afterward the oiled-soak mats became compost by adding oyster mushrooms. Hopefully in the future we can have oil tankers carry hair mats onboard so that any unforeseen disaster would be clean swiftly.
Making Soy Sauce: So you think finding hair in your food is gross? This may sound absurd, but it’s true, human hair has been use to make the fairly common condiment, soy sauce. Instead of using soybean oil, a company in China uses human hair. Human hair is rich in proteins, so it can be treated to distill amino acids and pass off as soybean oil, the most common substance in soy sauce.
Jewelry: It was common for women during the Victorian era to wear jewelry made from human hair. This hair jewelry is often made from deceased loved ones. It all started as a way to remember but blossomed into popular fashion. You can even find some of this fine art by searching the web. The Victorian Hairwork Society, for example has a website that presents all types of jewelry from rings to tiara all made from human hair.