There are about 370,000 hair salons in the U.S. that cut an average of one pound of hair every day. That adds up to 135 million pounds of hair cut in one year. Where does all that hair go? Most likely the trash…
…However, did you know you can recycle hair? It’s true!
There are many creative ways to recycle hair. Check out our top five ways to recycle your leftover locks.
1. Wigs: Hair loss is a common side effect of many serious medical treatments. What a better way to put a smile on someone’s face by donating your hair to help make a wig? Some organizations you can donate to include: Pantene, Wigs for Kids and Locks of Love.
2. Oil Crisis: After the 1989 Valdez oil spill, Phil McCrory, a hairstylist from Alabama, had the idea to use cut hair as natural fiber for oil spill booms. Today, OttiMats, a combination of hair, wool and fur clippings stuffed into nylon or mesh, float along the surface of the water and collect oil. They are then rung out and reused over and over again. Want to help? Matter of Trust is a non-profit organization out of San Francisco where you can donate hair for oil spill cleanups.
3. Paint Brushes: Collect longer hair clippings and turn them into paintbrushes. Use environmentally-friendly glue to help adhere the hair to the brush handle—it’s a great way to save money and be more co-friendly. Use different lengths of hair to create different sizes of brushes.
4. Rodent Problems: Is Mickey or Minnie mouse running around your home? A quick and cost-free solution to your mice problems is to place wads of hair in mice holes. Some animals like deer, snails and rodents have a natural dislike to human hair. Plugging their entrance paths with hair and you can be sure to get rid of them.
5. Plant Food: Using hair from your combs or recent clippings as compost is another great way to recycle hair. It acts as a fertilizer and weed deterrent by retaining moisture and the natural protein in hair enhances plant growth.
Hair isn’t just something you brush and style everyday. There are lots of creative uses for hair clippings or loose hair you find in your brushes and combs. Do you have any suggestions on how to recycle hair? Leave your tips below in the comment area.