Can Hair Be Used to Keep Wild Animals Away?
Keeping animals away may have a lot to do with the human scent in some circumstances. Wild animals that have not become accustomed to the scent of humans may make a quick detour should they smell an unfamiliar aroma in their otherwise natural habitat. At least this seems to be the reasoning behind what some folks believe.
One simple way to distribute the human scent was by hair. After getting a home haircut or a trim, hair could be thrown outside around areas that animals were unwanted. Loose hair though could be blown away by wind making hair scent a temporary thing. To help keep hair from flying away it could be put in a bag with some holes punched in to allow the smell out. Some people used old worn out socks or pantyhose for this purpose.
People that didn't have home haircuts could ask for the clippings from a barber or hairdresser.
What kind of animals would this work on?
In order for this to work you have to think about domesticated and non-domesticated animals and do you live on the outskirts of town, in the country or in the city.
Domesticated animals in the country or city are used to human scent since they are around it pretty much all the time. You wouldn't see a cow run away from a human that feeds them or find that the neighbor's cat is staying out of your garden after you've chased it out countless times.
Animals that are unfamiliar with human scent are the ones that will likely stay away at least for awhile. These types of animals are probably going to be found in the country or rural areas where there aren't many humans. Animals such as coyotes, wolves, foxes, rats, mice, wild rabbits or deer will ordinarily fall under the undomesticated sort.
Putting out food for wild animals in any situation especially if they are hungry can draw them in no matter what.
A couple of ways other than tossing hair onto the ground you can do is to hang strands of hair from trees or try scattering hole spread socks filled with hair.
If you aren't trying to keep animals away, consider tossing hair outside for birds to build their nests with. For extra hair, clean your combs and brushes. There's always going to be some strands that fall out every time you brush or comb your hair.