The New Age of Trichology

Designer Sanne Visser collects discarded human hair, from salons and barbershops in London, and transforms them into a spectrum of utilitarian products, each varying in scale and application.

Visser is motivated by the sheer volume of hair waste we accrue as a society on the one hand, and its valuable properties on the other– its tremendous tensile strength (a single human hair can hold up to 100 grams of weight) its flexibility, its ability to serve as thermal insulation and absorb oil. In short, Visser’s perspective, research, and fabrication techniques have repositioned human hair as a natural resource–one that keeps growing in its supply.

Visser’s project, The New Age of Trichology, illustrates how the 6.5 million kilograms of human hair collected in the UK annually can become a valuable raw material for multiple industries whilst preventing it clogging up natural environments.

Visser first spins the hair into yarn of varying grades (based on the hair type), then turns the yarn into rope, before using these ropes to create functional objects such as shoulder straps, bungee cords, water bottle holders and large bags.

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