Human hair in clothing

Yes human hair clothing, it is possible and already in experimental stages but not in use commercially. Lots of trials, experiments and studies are on their way and most probably we will use human hairs in textiles if not singularly by blending surely. Human hairs are already in use as headdresses, wigs, and hats. For using as a textile fibre there are major issues like.

  • Cohesiveness, thickness, diameter, and pliability: A Micron is a measurement used to describe the diameter of a fibre. The smaller the Micron measurement, the finer and softer the fibre. For example Merino wool is 17.5 micron then human hair is 100 micron.
  • Highly pigmented
  • Cost of conversion
  • Availability and lack of uniformity in parameters
  • Attitude towards human hair: Our attitudes towards human and animal hair are very different. We balk at the idea of a dress or jacket made of human hair but think nothing of wearing sheep’s wool jumper or camel hair coat.

Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis or skin. It is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care, but hair is also an important biomaterial primarily composed of protein, notably keratin. Keratins are proteins, long chains (polymers) of amino acids. Regarding raw elements, on an average, hair is composed of 50.65% carbon, 20.85% oxygen, 17.14% nitrogen, 6.36% hydrogen, and 5.0% sulfur. Amino acid present in hair contains cytosine, serine, glutamine, threonine, glycine, leucine, valine and arginine.

Till now, none of the studies have inspected the human hair with various sizes/ lengths in different ambient conditions to understand the basic physics of this god gifted composite fiber. So exploration of this area can be used to exploit the human hair as a more competent biological composite fiber in the future.

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