Hair hang

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The hair hang is an aerial circus act where performers (usually young women) are suspended by their hair, and perform acrobatic poses and/or manipulation. Some believe the act originated in South America; others claim the act hails from China. Performers are literally hanging by their hair, which is tied into a hairhang rig; the techniques used to tie the performer's hair, and the acrobatic techniques involved in the act, are key.

Many people underestimate the tensile strength of hair. A single strand can potentially carry a weight of up to 100 grams; holding this in theory, and with proper technique, a full head of human hair could eventually hold between 5,600 kg and 8,400 kg (12,345-18518 lbs.), without breaking individual hairs or pulling out any follicles.[citation needed] However, the act still hurts, especially for new performers.


Many groups or individuals perform the hair hang, today. Some of them include:

  • Capilotractées - Galapiat Cirque
  • Marina "La Marina" Diaz
  • Dulce Landa
  • Ayala Sisters
  • "Miss Lluvia"
  • Abadilla Family
  • Ravi The Scorpion Mystic

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