Everyday, lots of women flock to weave and hair extension stores, or go online to make orders for various types of extensions and for various purposes. Some to make their hair look a certain way, some to conceal unaesthetic features, and others to protect their natural hair. Regardless of the reason for buying them, there’s no doubt that women love these weaves/extensions– myself included. We love how we can wear various styles from a pixie cut to a long Rapunzel-esque hair without having to do anything extreme to our own manes. Often we see other women with a beautiful extension and can’t help but ask; “What hair is that?” Often this question is met with answers like; “It’s Indian hair”, “100% human hair”, “Virgin Remy Brazillian “,
“Martian hair” , the list goes on. What if I told you your extension really isn’t from Brazil? Or Malaysia? or some other south American country? No, it’s not a joke.
YOUR WEAVE/EXTENSION MOST LIKELY COMES FROM INDIA
Researches have shown India to be the main place where actual human hair is gotten from. This is because the Indians usually offer their hair as a sacrifice to their god, some just once in their life while some others go quite often to a temple to do this. The hair is usually scraped from the head of men, women and children alike and sold to cosmetic companies. There’s no other place in the world where there’s a mass supply of human hair as in India, so the next time your weave supplier tells you the hair being sold to you is 100% Peruvian hair you know someone’s pants are on fire. The video below shows how Indian hair is gotten.
With the rise in demand for 100% human hair, China and Korea are the last places a weave enthusiast wants his/hers to come from. Chinese hair – which says anything but that on the packet- is made from plastics and Poly carbonate fibers that go through extensive chemical treatment and processing to make it look and feel like human hair. The hair is cheap but not as lasting and durable as human hair which has its cuticle intact.
Due to the movement away from synthetic/non-human hair, the companies package it as “Brazilian”, “peruvian”, Malaysian” etc. However, going to these countries will make you realize that there is no booming cosmetic industry where people donate their hair en masse. Brazilians who wear extensions even get theirs delivered from India. Also, this practice isn’t common in China alone but other parts of the world. You can also find people selling fake hair in India and packaging it as real Indian hair.
It always seems like a joke when someone mentions you could be wearing a horse’s hair. However, research has shown that animal hair gets mixed with actual human hair or synthetic hair because actual human hair is expensive with the biggest source only in India. Although, weave companies might find people willing to cut their hair for some money, there are not quite many, so the hair gets mixed with animal hair to enhance the feel and look.