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Top 10 strange uses for human hair

You know when you get your hair cut and there’s just a pile of it left on the floor? Did you ever wonder what happens to it? In most cases, it’s just thrown in the trash, but sometimes it’s used for other purposes. Here are some.

10 Uses For Human Hair

1. Wig making. This one is pretty obvious, but it helps thousands of people each year to cope with losing their hair. A human hair wig looks natural and is incredibly durable. Most donated hair goes into wig making.

2. Test tress making. When cosmetic chemists design hair products they need to test them on the real thing. Companies like the De Meo Brothers or International Hair Importers provide tresses, weaves and mannequin heads all made of human hair. And if you were wondering how much hair is worth, 1 oz cost $40.

That’s over $600 a pound!

3. Help people grow food. A company called SmartGrow uses imported human hair from China and India to make a gardening product. The hair is weaved into mats that help protect the plant’s roots from weather and insects.

So, maybe it’s not the cook’s hair in your salad.

4. Clean-up Oil Spills. Some years ago NASA was testing a technique to use human hair to clean up ocean oil spills. No word on whether this made it out of the prototype stage.

They should use my hair for this experiment because it is always oily!

5. Make clothes. Some people have weaved hair into a fabric and made clothes. Style dash recently reported on a dress made this way. And this barber has even made a hair bikini.

While the dress looks good, I’m not sure I want to wear it or the hair bikini.

6. Create furniture. When you spend all day cutting people’s hair you have the strangest ideas. Here is an ex-assistant hairdresser who managed to create a chair out of human hair. The fiber is spun into a material like fiberglass and forged into the shape of a chair.

Great idea but I wonder how long it would last.

7. Craft a work of art. It took 42,000 hair cuts, but artist Wenda Gu was able to create a giant banner using human hair. It was first displayed at Dartmouth College’s Baker-Berry Library.

It’s no Mona Lisa but it is interesting.

8. Making soy sauce. As if you needed another reason to avoid things made in China. Here is a company that used human hair to make soy sauce. Since human hair is rich in protein, they were able to treat it, remove the amino acids, and pass it off as soybean oil.

Wow, I didn’t really want to know that.

9. Nesting material. Birds will use almost anything to make nests and human hair is no exception. This bird watching site even suggests putting out bags of hair clippings to help birds make nests. Here’s someone who uses hair clippings to provide a nest for their pet rat.

It’s nice when people help animals. I just hope they shampooed before cutting.

10. Crafting a rope. Native Americans were known to twist hair fibers together to make strong ropes. Eventually, they used horsehair but there are still people who practice the art.

Not surprising. There are people who collect toenails too.

If you are interested in seeing your hair go somewhere other than a landfill, consider donating it to one of these worthy causes.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Dipali December 5, 2013, 7:23 am

    I want to donate my hairs, though i m deficient there.

    • mpvijaykhanna August 25, 2015, 6:28 pm

      Hi sister Dipali

      First of all thanks to you. where are you from….

      • Dr. Prayag kapoor July 2, 2019, 12:27 am

        I want to start business of humen hair with your association.

    • INAM March 23, 2020, 3:18 am

      I m from Pakistan I have a huge busns of female hair I buy 30 to 40 Kg of female hair daily and some people come and buy from me at 1000Rs per Kg but I don’t know what they do with this hair? If you need then contact with me on my mobile

  • sachin February 10, 2014, 7:20 am

    i have buisness related to women hairs,,,we first collect all the dirty women hairs and then clean it and make them look like shining,,,this is our buisness and i know more then 30-40 people who do the same thing,,,so the main thing is i just wanted to connected with your company…

    • MPVijayKhanna September 21, 2015, 1:26 am

      sachin. where are you from

    • Jai Makwana January 26, 2016, 3:58 am

      My name is Jai n I want to start this business. I want you to help me by telling me the details if you don’t find any competition kind of problem. I also want to know where are you from.
      Regards v

    • Abhijeet vakhare January 21, 2018, 7:02 am

      I want to star this business in my city so can you give me the information abut the bussiness please

  • djricoh darealest February 17, 2014, 4:54 am

    I use african hair to make toothbrush and its just wooow

  • Lakhwant Singh October 12, 2014, 11:06 pm

    how much price would be to sale it ?

  • shiyas March 16, 2015, 12:22 pm

    Can I get the details of purchaser,we have bulk quantity for sale.

  • DHIRAJ KUMAR March 28, 2015, 6:22 am

    I have also quantity of hairs but how can I start these businesses any link of hairs purchaser

    • Ajay kumar September 18, 2016, 2:28 am

      I also think that why not we collect the human hair from barbour shop and that sale it, but problem is where we can sale out, so you suggest and reply about the trader or merchant

  • pratik kataria April 11, 2015, 2:23 pm

    What pruze can i fetch for selling them?

  • XBL Hair July 26, 2015, 8:58 pm

    I have quantity of human hairs, how can I start these businesses any link of hairs purchaser

  • rock August 17, 2015, 1:18 am

    I have large quantity of human hairs.how can I start these businesses any link of hairs purchaser.


    • mpvijaykhanna August 25, 2015, 6:30 pm

      Hi Mr. Rock

      DO you like to sell scrap hairs or is it having any length ranges
      let me know clearly i will say address

      • Finaz September 10, 2016, 3:22 pm

        Hi sir.
        Can I know how to start this business.Can you contact me in +918301844006.
        Whatsapp +971 52 170 0515
        Will wait for your reply

  • Rajkiran September 10, 2015, 1:02 am

    Actually a wanted to know about hair purchaser and their business criteria. If someone wants to sold human hair in a bulk to whom the contact and how much cost of 1kg human hair.

  • Ravi kumar Rv October 24, 2015, 9:46 pm

    Hi sir I want join you and your company

  • tahira khan February 2, 2016, 9:49 am

    hii sir ,
    actually sir plz tell which type of hair we can use? can we use tha cutted hair in saloon?

  • Mr Bhoomi February 6, 2016, 3:32 am

    My name is Mr Bhoomi from Banglore. We buy and export all kinds of hair.mainly we are exporting south Indian temple hair .along with combo waste hair.
    If anybody interested you may reach me by WhatsApp

  • phelix onyango June 3, 2016, 10:44 am

    I think it’s component can be used to make medicine such as amino acid

  • B P PATNAIK October 25, 2016, 2:40 am

    What are the things manufactured from human hair?

  • Dharmesh January 13, 2017, 6:09 am

    I have a team of 100 people who collect human hair we collect 100kg human hair per day

    • pankaj January 9, 2018, 12:45 am

      hello, sir.
      Can I know how to start this business.Can you contact me in +9424316665.
      Whatsapp 09424316665
      Will wait for your reply

  • pravin January 27, 2017, 11:12 am

    I want to information related to scarp hair. How and where use.

    Pravin 7620035684

  • sushant balugade September 15, 2017, 1:41 am

    I want to start cutting human hair transport business in india. Give me any idea about that. How start

    • Randy Schueller September 15, 2017, 8:39 am

      Sorry but we’re not in that business and I have no idea.

  • Aditi October 3, 2017, 12:21 pm

    Mam i want to fonate my hairs …
    What can i do for it…

  • Many t s April 6, 2018, 4:26 am

    Sir I am manu. From Kerala.I am a member of Kerala state barber association.so I am collecting huge waste hair . Thanks

  • Niusheer December 27, 2018, 8:31 am

    I have lot of quantity hair. How to sale this one. any one know the detail

  • Jagdish Tanna February 28, 2019, 12:12 pm

    I want to start business of waste hair

  • Siddhardh Sidhu March 4, 2019, 10:16 pm

    very nice

  • Ekwueme, Magnus Sunday March 24, 2019, 12:47 am

    I operate barbing saloon in Nigeria. I would like to know if you buys shaved virgin African hair.


    • Perry Romanowski April 3, 2019, 7:40 am

      Thanks for the question – no we do not buy hair at the moment. You might check with International Hair Importers.

  • Somnath May 14, 2019, 2:03 pm

    I want to start new business, if i collect 1 to 5 inch hair from any barbers shop, is anybody can purchase it ? is yes then pl give me more information. i hope you will respond.

    • Perry Romanowski May 22, 2019, 10:39 am

      If you have a customer then it could be a viable business.

  • ehsan August 9, 2019, 12:58 pm

    l have a lot amount of hair and i want to do it’s business, any one need plz contect me

  • Jo August 25, 2019, 10:38 am

    Do not use human hair for birds. It is too fine and can get wrapped around their legs and baby birds beaks and kill them.

  • Miia Tram December 28, 2019, 3:40 pm

    My name is Miia. I have little bit stupid question how you can make a chair/ furniture out of human hair ? Is It only human hair in that product? You can send me by email too.

    Best regards

    • Perry Romanowski December 30, 2019, 7:04 pm

      I don’t know but I doubt it is only human hair but a combination of human hair and wood.