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A Viral Video Features Makeup Brushes Made of Human Hair

by Leah Prinzivalli / Friday, 09 November 2018

The moment that Rihanna entered the wide world of beauty vlogging, we knew something terrible was going to happen. We simply don’t deserve to watch Rih put on a black lip in one swipe. The other proverbial beauty shoe had to drop sometime. The Internet giveth, and the Internet taketh away — and today, my friends, the Internet has come to taketh away.

A Twitter user named @malicioustaurus alerted the beauty world to a DIY in which, in the name of a “5-minute craft,” one woman chops off her hair, sticks it into a pencil, and calls that a makeup brush.

Although the idea is definitely unique, using your hair as any form of a makeup brush isn’t something you should make a habit of. As dermatologist Joshua Zeichner explained to Teen Vogue, our hair is possibly full of styling and coloring products that shouldn’t come near our face. “Human hair is made of keratin like animal hair,” he said. “However, the animal hair used in makeup brushes is firmer so it is better suited to apply cosmetics. So long as the human hair is clean, I see no sanitary issue in making a DIY human hair make up brush. However, I would be cautious in using the end of the hair because it is often dry and damaged from processing. Generally speaking, there are many affordable make up brush options available across a variety of budgets.”

The video went viral due to social media’s shock and anger, and most people don’t seem to be planning to try this one at home. As one commenter wrote, “All that fancy makeup isn’t gonna cover the big missing chunk of hair in the front lol.” Still, it’s surprising to see even one person decide to lop off a huge chunk of hair all for the sake of a “craft.” Plus, the emergency stylist appointment to fix your asymmetrical hair is going to cost way more than a pack of brushes.