Uses of Cut Hair
Name: Christian C.
I want to know if there is oxygen in hair. I am trying
to find out if there is anything you could do with the hair that has been
cut off your head. Could you use it for gardening? What could you use it
for to makle it beneficial?
Hair is made of protein and the amino acids that compose it do contain oxygen
atoms. However, it is not in a form that might be extracted and result in
oxygen gas. What could you do with hair? Yes, it would make a decent
(beneficial) gardening fertilizer.
If you were just wondering what possible use cut hair has I know of only one
use. After some people were working on an oil spill cleaning animals such
as birds and otters, they realized how much oil hair/feathers actually hold.
One use is to use hair clippings in a net and deploy it for oil spills.
The hair is in the net in a tube like formation with floats and can be used
to encircle the oil spill and soak it up. Hope that helps!
Some organic gardeners use it as an organic fertilizer as a reasonably good
Peter Faletra Ph.D.
Office of Science
Department of Energy
Yes there is oxygen, but not in the form of oxygen that we breathe in the
air. That is molecular oxygen, or O2. Hair is largely made up of keratin, a
protein. Proteins are made up of amino acids, which consist primarily of
carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen atoms linked together (in the same way
that hydrogen and oxygen atoms are linked together to make water, H2O).
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