With longer days and warmer weather (actually slept with the windows open the other night!) time for me to consider chopping off a couple inches hair that I let grow over the fall and winter months.

Since we cut our hair at home (and have been for the last 20 plus years) we normally just put our hair in the compost bins.  Why? Because hair contains 30 times more nitrogen than manure!

But there’s even more you can do with those locks.

Did you know that 200,000 pounds of hair goes into the landfill each day? That’s a lot of hair wasting our space. Hair is a naturally growing, rapidly replenishable resource. It could do us some good to find something useful to do with the stuff, besides throw it in the trash. Here are 8 suggestions.

9 Reuses for Human Hair It’s more than just plumage.


  1. Ben says:

    Is it safe to compost and use hair from a salon? I’m guessing not, with all the chemicals and whatnot that are in most people’s hair.

    Do you know for sure? I have a couple friends who are hairdressers so I could get a lot of hair from them, but I am wary about it…

  2. Frank says:

    I didn’t think of using hair for birds to make nests. We currently save all the lint from our dryer (when we can’t hang out the wash) and put it in a box near the bird feeder for the birds to use for nests and they use it.

    Thanks for your blog.

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