Paula Sunshine, 42, has gathered up her raw material from local hairdressers as well as using her own and her dogs. The expert craftswoman and author teaches traditional building techniques to builders, owners of old homes and those interested in tried and tested construction methods. But Miss Sunshine decided to substitute cattle hair in her lime render mixture with human hair when she came to extend her thatched 16th century home.
The new extension not only has her own hair mixed into the walls but also those of her pet dogs.She is also planning to use human hair as she carries out renovation work to the rest of her magnificent timber-framed house.Ms Sunshine, of Lawshall, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, said:
“I do wattle and daub here using straw and the lime render on the outside is lime plaster and hair.
“Traditionally people would use cattle hair from long-haired cattle. But we don’t get many long-haired cattle around here any more so I use human hair.”
She added: “People say it is not thick enough but you just put more in.”I don’t human hair is a lot different.”
It is just the fibre that you need the hair for and human hair does the same thing as cattle hair for plaster. …