Recycling your hair is possible! Here are 4 clever ways
Each year, around 4,000 tonnes of hair are thrown away in the trash in France. An astronomical figure, especially when you know that even detached from your pretty little head, your hair can be useful. We take stock.
1 – Donate it to associations that offer wigs to patients
If you decide to change your look, maybe your hair could make you happy. Associations recover them once cut to bring smiles to people with illnessescausing them to lose their hair.
If you cut more than 25cmyou can for example contact theSolidHair association. Created in 2015, it sells the fruit of its collection to wig makers. Profits are then used to provide hair prostheses to cancer patients.
To do this, nothing simpler : go to one of the partner hairdressing shops. A chisel and presto! That’s it, your good deed is done.
For the less adventurous (or people who simply have shorter hair), theFake Hair Don’t Care Association harvest your hair from 10 cm in length. This time, they are directly used for make custom wigs then redistributed to people who have lost their hair. You will find the list of hairdressers who are part of the initiative on their website.
2 – Donate your hair to medical research
You may not know it, but your hair contains a large amount of a protein called keratin. Once extracted from the hair in the laboratories, it makes it possible to develop nutritious and healing beauty products. Medical research is therefore particularly interested in this molecule, which is 95% present in our hair, to improve skin care. That could, for example, revolutionize the lives of severe burn victims.
The association that organizes the collection is called Capillum. The principle is the same as before. On their website you will find an interactive map that will allow you to target your partner store.
3 – Fight against water and soil pollution
Recycling your hair is helping others, but also nature. And in view of the alarming report published recently by the IPCC, it is not a refusal! Always entrusting your hair to the hands of the good fairies ofCapillum Associationyou will be able participate in the preservation of water and soil. Because yes, your hair has a filtering and absorbing power !
They can absorb up to eight times their weight in hydrocarbons. And all these are chemical waste that will not be imposed on our beautiful planet, its fauna and flora. If you are particularly interested in this point, theAssociation of Fair Hairdressers specializes in the depollution of port areas. You know what you have left to do !
4 – Donate your hair for more responsible agriculture
Last solution, and not least, to recycle your hair: make a fertilizer for gardens and growing areas. Yes, you heard right. By decomposing your capillary mass releases and sulfur that promote plant growth.
By helping plants to grow, you will avoid wasting a lot (a lot) of water. To give you an idea, Capillum indicates thatone kilo of collected hair helps save nearly 200 liters of water. And if you’re part of the team I cut my hair alone, you can absolutely use your waste directly in your garden.
You know everything now. So, the next time you go to your hairdresser.se, which solution will you choose? It can even be a great Mother’s Day gift. You just need to slip in an envelope a “good for pampering yourself while saving the planet”.