I’m sure that you’ve gathered from the title that this is not going to be a ‘helpful to your hair regimen’ type of article but every now and again there’s nothing wrong with letting your hair down (pun intended) and look at the stranger side of hair use.
I am an artist at heart. It may not come as any surprise that I know my way around a graphics program but before blogging and my daughter took over my life, I was a dab hand at oil paintings too. Point is I have very strong ideas on what I consider art.
I’ve heard of a few alternative uses for hair including cleaning up oil spills but more often than not, it involves some degree of artistic expression. Prepare to be surprised, shocked, mildly disgusted or even completely unmoved by the uses people have found for the stuff that grows out our scalps.
Chinese hairstylist Huang Xin made this sculpture below to celebrate President Obama visiting China. It took him 7 days and 4 kilograms of human hair to complete. If you can get over being grossed out by the idea that the entire sculpture is made from hair, it’s actually pretty cool!
This second one also qualifies as a sculpture . They are the creation of Jenine Shereos who has re-created the intricate natural pattern of leaf veining using human hair. She creates these little works of art by stitching hair onto water soluble backing material after which the backing is dissolved leaving the intact leaf. Pretty cool by my estimation.
Hair is one of those things that people love and take care of while it’s on our bodies but once out, we somehow develop an aversion to it. In fact, some people will not wear hair extensions* simply because it grosses them out. Student Kerry Howley created these beautiful symetrical and aesthetically pleasing necklaces out of hair in an effort to make discarded hair attractive again. They certainly look pretty but would you put them next to your skin?
Designed by Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves these glasses among others are a combination of human hair and resin. The hair actually gives the resin a wood like pattern which looks pretty cool. I suppose it’s weird that anyone would think of using hair to create glasses frames but honestly I would wear these with no aversion at all!
With hair being a similar width to thread I suppose it’s not that far fetched that some people are using human hair for embroidery. Columbian artist Zaira Pulido uses long strands of human hair to create these lovely looking embroideries. Some people may find these creepy but as far as wall hangings go, they are no more creepy than ones made of reeds or animal pelts.