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Human Hair

Posted by joanie_pomseed 8 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 30, 11 at 20:10

Is it one of those animal products that require special care or an extended process to compost, or can I just toss it in the pile like table scraps? I don't imagine there would be any harm in that; I mean, a lot of people here compost bird feathers without any extra trouble, right?

Can hair be cold-composted? I've seen videos of insects eating it.

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RE: Human Hair

Hair is keratin, a protein, and could be a good addition to a compost pile. Just because of the extras I would not use hair from a source where it has beed bleached, dyed, and sprayed with hair spray.
When I did compost human hair I tryed to be sure not too much was added at any one time and mixed what I did add in well. I never saw anthing to indicate hair was harder for the bacteria in a compost pile to digest then anything else.

RE: Human Hair

  • Posted by SoTX 8b/9a (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 18, 11 at 5:44

Hair is high in nitrogen and that includes animal hair. With four big dogs, I have plenty of dog hair and I use it.

RE: Human Hair

I have heard that hair can be composted, but I collected some angora rabbit manure with their hair in it a couple of years ago, and I'm still finding the hair in the compost and the soil.

OMG! Maybe it's GROWING in there!


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