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. 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