A hairstylist from Ohio has spent the last nine years of his life building the world’s largest human hair ball out of his clients’ trimmed hair.
Steve Warden owns and operates Blockers, a salon in Cambridge, Ohio. After his youngest child left for college in 2013, he set out to beat the Guinness world record for the greatest ball of human hair, which he accomplished last month. Hoss the Hairball weights 102.12 kg (225.13 lbs), making it more than 25 kilogrammes greater than the previous titleholder. And because human hair is continuously being put to it, Hoss is projected to continue growing for many years to come, making it extremely difficult to dethrone.
Warden’s four children had been pleading with him for years to create a ball of human hair large enough to be featured in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! book, and in 2013 the hairstylist agreed. He began collecting clients’ chopped hair at his salon in Cambridge, Ohio, and even created a chute in the floor that was connected to a trash can in the business’s basement. When he swept the cut hair on the floor, it was immediately added to his growing collection.
“When it came time to actually take all the hair that I saved and actually form it into a ball, I went to the hardware store and I bought several different types of glue,” Steve Warden told Guinness. “I literally just put gloves on, grabbed a bunch of the hair and kind of formed it into a ball. The first ball was about the size of a baseball.”
Hoss the Hairball increased in size over time, and one day in 2018, Warden contacted Ripley’s about featuring the odd human hair collection in their magazine, and they accepted. But for Hoss, this was just the beginning…
The gigantic ball of human hair was put on display at Ripley’s exhibit at Orlando Comic-Con in 2018, and visitors were urged to add their own hair to the increasing mass and have it become a permanent part of the display, which fans adored. It became a motif wherever the hair ball went, and the amount of donated hair grew.
“I did it because of the love for my children and my future grandchildren, and just to show that you know, if you have a crazy idea, don’t worry about what people are thinking, just do it,” the hairstylist said.