A Chinese hairdresser is turning the leftover locks of his grooming trade into building blocks for his artistic inclinations, and the results prove that there is no end to what you can do if you have enough human hair to play around with.
Huang Xin, who has practiced hairdressing in Beijing for more than ten years, really knows how to do something different with his customers’ hair—like weaving the cut-off strands into a detailed model of the Gate Tower in Peking’s Tiananmen Square, for instance.
Now that’s what I call a hairstyle.
In an effort to add some creative genius to the approaching 60th anniversary celebration of Communist China’s founding, Xin is attempting to create scale models of all the structures in Tiananmen Square. He has completed both the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Gate Tower, but still has two others to finish before the October 1st deadline comes around.
In order to create his models, Xin collects his customers’ hair, cleans it, dyes it, glues it to paper, and then uses the finished product to fashion his unbelievably realistic replicas. It took him five months of sweeping hair off the ground before he had the 11 kg required to build his Gate Tower, which measures 86 cm long, 32 cm wide, and 60 cm high.
Amazing what a little creativity and 70 bucks of glue and hair dye can accomplish.
So, what do Xin’s clients think about his little hobby?
“Some customers are supportive, some are not,” he says. “Some just don’t believe it’s possible to make models of such huge architecture using such a delicate material as human hair.”
Supportive or not, this is one seriously cool thing to do with your hair. Just think what it would be like to look at Xin’s Gate Tower and say, Hey—that’s my hair in there!