Art Student Creates Hair Raising Necklaces from Human Hair

Kerry Howley, a creative art student, from Cambridge, England, is creating quite a buzz in the art world, with her collection of delicate necklaces made from human hair.

The idea of creating jewelry from human hair was inspired by people’s aversion to cut hair. Hair is usually regarded as a very important part of the human body and is worn with pride, but once its connection to the body has been severed, it’s viewed as slightly disgusting. Through her art, the young Middlesex student “hoped to create a delicate balance between the viewer/wearer’s feelings of aversion and attraction.” She wanted to see if she could make cut hair attractive again.

The main material for Howley’s masterpieces was provided by one of her mother’s friends, a Japanese woman with hair down to her waist. She only cuts it once every five years, and when she had 30 cm cut off the bottom, she gave it all to Kerry. The 23-year-old art student used broken saw blades to cut and weave the strands of hair into abstract shapes inspired by wallpaper patterns, and spent over 60 hours working on each of the five hair necklaces she has created so far.

Kerry Howley’s collection of unique human hair necklaces has already won an award, and will on display at the Business Design Center, in London, from June 29 until July 2nd.




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Feedback (12 Comments)

  • Karen Posted on July 7, 2011

    Not to burst anyone’s bubble or anything, but hair jewelry was really popular during the Victorian era, and there are still people who make it. There’s even a website devoted to it – – and artists that make things that are much more intricate and neatly made, including this woman, who makes some really cool earrings –

  • Andy Posted on September 7, 2011

    I have to agree with Karen. I’ve seen hair art for years but art that was less messy and more pleasing to the eye. I would never wear this jewelry because of how sloppily that it was made it gives if a gross “pulled hair from my sink trap and made a necklace” vibe. This is nothing new. However this artist’s lack of refinement, which is needed for something like hair, took it to a new level of gross.

  • A.Drummond Posted on January 13, 2012

    Have a hair piece and earings made out of human hair. According to my mother in laws writing it belonged to HER mother’s grandmother. Very intricate, looks like it could go around a bun. Could send a picture if interested. Want to find someplace to pass it on. Mother in law passed away 27 years ago at the age of 92 just to give you some idea of the age of this ??????