A 31-year-old barber named Wang Xiaojiu from Jilin City of China creates beautiful works of art from leftover hair by carefully arranging the shorn hair before dumping them in the trash. From a far, it seems as if the masterpieces are drawn with a pencil or charcoal, but through a closer look one can see that they are made out of carefully arranged clipped hair. The skillful barber told China Daily that he decided to do something creative with the leftover hair because throwing them way always seemed like a pity to him. With the help of a hair brush and a plastic card, he started turning piles of sheared hair on the floor into very detailed portraits of popular comic and cartoon characters, mythological heroes, and more in his salon.
By looking at his beautiful creations, one cannot imagine that he started drawing with human hair only a few months ago. It seems as if he has been doing it for a lifetime. Wang Pays great attention to details, like shades that almost make the artworks look 3D. Until now, he has created wonderful portraits of Sailor Moon, Spiderman, X-men’s Wolverine, Bruce Lee and Iron Man, among others.
According to Wang, it takes about two hours to complete one of the hair drawings. After completion, he signs them with his nickname “Xiao Jiu” and snaps a few photos. In the end, he sweeps the hair away in order to keep the salon clean. He says that destroying his own work is very difficult and it really hurts when he does that.
This art medium is an unusual one but there are many artists who use it. Some examples are as follows: Zhang Dexuan is the world’s only hair woven portrait maker. Mateo Blanco is the one who makes celebrity portraits out of dog hair. Kerry Howley is a designer who makes necklaces from human hair. Li Hailing is another Chinese barber who uses leftover hair to create detailed portraits.