Here’s an interesting little tidbit about hair being used to do things other than giving you the look you love. From an article I found at InventorSpot:
Hair naturally absorbs oil from the air as well as water. It acts like a sponge. Phillip McCrory, a hairdresser from Alabama understood this idea and came up with the idea to use hair to clean up oil spills. His inspiration came after watching the 1989 news coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He tested his theory out at home with hair clippings and some of his wife’s pantyhose. When he saw how clear it left the water he was testing he took it to NASA to show them. NASA agreed that it worked.
Read the rest here — Hair a Renewable Resource Makes Oil Cleaning Mat