If I were around a couple of centuries or so ago, I wouldve used the hair to create mementos for loved ones. In this once-popular practice, women wove locks into elaborate wreaths and jewelry, sometimes with beads, embroidery floss and photographs.
You can see more than 400 hair wreaths and 2,000 pieces of hairwork jewelry (rings, bracelets, watch chains, brooches, etc.) at a museum in two rooms of an Independence, Mo., cosmetology school. Read more about it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Photo Detective blogger Maureen A. Taylor says hair was a common remembrance of friends and deceased relatives. In the August 2002 Family Tree Magazine, she wrote about the 19th-cetury hair clipping-and-autograph album belonging to Helen Marion Adams of Fairhaven, Vt. Very simply, hair does not decompose; thus the friendship lasts beyond the grave, Taylor says.
People can get creeped out by the thought of hair locks separated from their owner. The hair museums owner says some visitors cant complete their tours.
Im not sentimental about my own trimmed ponytails, but keeping hair for a memento doesnt seem odd to me. As a baby, my dad had beautiful curls my grandma couldnt bear to cut. When my grandfather finally prodded her into it, she saved every last curl in a shoebox we still have.