The Phoenix

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hair Today, Home Tomorrow

I believe in recycling and reusing. Hey - I was even a founding member of my high school's Ecology Club LONG before it was the cool thing to do. Using recycled materials in manufacturing and construction is a wonderful thing. But sometimes, you can take it a little too far.

Paula Sunshine (and yes, that is her REAL name) built a new addition to her home with HUMAN HAIR.

Little Ms. Sunshine, of Suffolk, England, is not your typical tree-hugger environmentalist nut-job. She is an expert in teaching ancient construction techniques to builders. Originally, ancient people used cattle hair mixed with a lime plaster mixture on the exterior of their buildings. Ms. Sunshine decided to get creative and use human hair instead, however. "It is just the fiber that you need the hair for and human hair does the same thing as cattle hair for plaster."

So she went to hair salons and gathered barrels of hair for her home. And in addition, she's used hair that's even more accessible - her own hair, and hair from her cat and dogs.

I guess she won't have to worry about termites, so much. And you would think the smell would be nasty. Ms. Sunshine says, "I have to say, my bin full of hair smells divine with all the products used." So her house will smell like Prell.

But what if her new living room comes down with a bad case of dandruff?

Maybe for her next project, she should build a sunroom using finger and toe nails.

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Blogger Phats said...

This kind of grosses me out! haha. What a great name though Paula Sunshine. I don't think we had an ecology club.

Sticking with Fed and Serena!

9/10/2009 9:35 PM  
Blogger Fated said...

Horray for Google Reader! Now I know when there is a new post! Fantastic :)

Yeah that women is a whack job and I think I may have thrown up in my mouth a little :(

9/10/2009 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Phred said...

The Orkin Man would like this. You know, you would have to consider ticks ande fleas and such.
Good to see you back writing dude. Hope you are feeling better.

9/11/2009 6:27 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Phats: Some people are deathly afraid of hair, actually. I'm not one of them, but it's still gross.
The winner of Serena-Kim C. match will win it all. Federer looks too good.

Fated: I'm a big fan of Google Reader too. The though of actually touching other people's hair is really nasty.

Phred: Imagine your walls getting fleas? YUCK! Thanks man - pneumonia sucks. It kills more people every year than any illness. I had no idea.

9/11/2009 8:53 AM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

The hair doesn't gross me out so much. I mean, I still have my '66 VW bug and the seats are stuffed with horse hair.

But I SO didn't need to see the picture of those nasty toenails! Ugh!

9/14/2009 3:39 PM  
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9/16/2009 8:11 AM  
Blogger The Egg said...


9/16/2009 10:53 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Good grief!! I was feeling somewhat grossed out about the hair thing, but it wasn't too bad...
THEN came last photo of those wretched, hitonious toe nails!!!! The sight of those nearly induced vomiting. YUCKY!!!!


Sunshine is a great last name.
Jamie Dawn Sunshine.
Me likes it.

9/17/2009 3:45 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Oh, great title for this post.
You are a witty feller.

9/17/2009 3:45 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Isn't this taking green living a bit far?

9/23/2009 11:49 AM  
Blogger Perplexio said...

Yeah the hair didn't bother me much but those toenails were rather gag inducing.

9/23/2009 1:32 PM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

Oh...I have no words.

9/29/2009 9:06 PM  

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