Monday Perspective ~ At least I still have my hair.

2 02 2009
I came across this post at work the other day, and I thought it was worth sharing…  I edited some of the grammar and punctuation.  My comments in red.
Posted on January 29, 2009 in ALL POSTS, Entertainment, Rants by Long

Have you ever wondered what your hair is made of?  Well, human hair is made from the same stuff found in your cat’s 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 serve as a way of representing one’s class, indicating one’s religious faith, or simply a way of expressing yourself.  Hair can make women envious of each other, cause men to feel the need to purchase fast cars, and give kids a way to rebel against their parents.  Funny.  And true.

Hair is not so simple, as it can lead to all sorts of complexities.  Besides being a collector of dandruff and flakes, hair is used in some very interesting ways.

Wig Making:   Wig making is a no-brainer. Wigs made from human hair look very natural, 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.  I think I’m rich!

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.  Using these hair mats will have great environmental benefits.  Ultimately, the mats reduce the amount of water needed 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; they soak up liquids.  Naturally, hair mats will be great for cleaning up messy oil spills.  Your hair gets oily if you don’t wash it for a couple of days.  It absorbs oil really well, and it 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, when the Cosco Busan oil spill occurred in the San Francisco Bay. Volunteers used mats of human hair to clean the beaches, and afterward the oiled-soak mats became compost by adding oyster mushrooms. Maybe in the future we’ll have oil tankers carry hair mats onboard so that any unforeseen disaster would be cleaned up swiftly.  It’ll never happen.

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.  That’s disgusting.

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 it 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 tiaras all made from human hair.

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Ok.  Weird! 

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2 responses

2 02 2009
Raquel TWG

Hahahahahaha. Hair Sauce. I wonder how many would buy it if they used that name instead…

19 02 2009
Heath

I’m not one to bother with a reply to a post but that was excellent!

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