Once our hair has been cut off, it is usually swept up and discarded in the trash, never to be seen again. But some people have found unique ways to use this human hair.
Some of these methods are practical and benefit people, but others are just plain silly. Either way, they’re creative and push the limits of how we think about hair. Here is a list of 10 weird ways that human hair has been used in the past.
10. Hair Chair
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Human hair is stronger than fiberglass, and one man found a way to use the strength of hair to create a functional consumer product. Ronald Thompson, an ex–hair stylist to the celebrities and superstars, created the “Stiletto Chair,” which was made mostly of human hair. The ex-hairdresser kept discarded hair that was swept up in barbershops and hair salons in London to create this chair.
The chair prototype was made of 2 kilograms (4.5 lb) of hair. Thompson hopes that this unique alternative to fiberglass will be used in other consumer products such as shoes, clothing, and boat parts. “It is versatile, waterproof, non-conductive, corrosion-free, fire-resistant, tough, strong, durable, and is able to compete with products, such as medium-density fiberboard, fiberglass, polymers, and aluminum,” Thompson said.
The prototype chair was coated in bronze and put on the market for $15,000. But Thompson hopes to create less expensive models in the future.