We all know celebs like Kim K and Kylie Jenner love their wigs. Their Instagram photos and paparazzi photo ops are merely a glimpse into their vast collection of wigs. Whether they’re made of human hair or not, these wigs are thousands of dollars. Wigs are often expensive because of the massive demand for human hair and the lucrative nature of the industry. But the human hair industry has a secret… A dirty little secret. It’s a tale of lies and deceit. Let’s dive in.
In early Medieval Europe, wigs were popular among wealthy men and women. Most of whom were suffering from some kind of hair loss. After some time, so many wealthy individuals were wearing wigs, that it became a trend. Every aristocrat wanted one. At that time, wigs were usually sourced from human hair from poor people (as though their medieval plight was not enough) or made from animal fur. Thank man’s best friend, buffaloes and trusty yaks.
Centuries later, as demand for wigs increased, animal hair was no longer acceptable. Most animal fur could not meet needs for lengths over 18 – 20″. So the majority of hair used in wigs and extensions began coming from India and China. Religious people made, and continue to make, pilgrimages to temples such as the Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, India, where they would shave/tonsure their heads in a ritual of devotion. Hundreds of barbers shaved a new person’s head every five minutes. The temple then took these strands, which could go as long as 30 inches, and sold them at auctions. ‘Temple’ hair could cost $700 a pound!
Unfortunately, as demand for human hair rose, many in the hair extension industry began playing marketing tricks. You see, a majority of the hair on the market is actually purchased inexpensively from the poor in China (medieval much?). This hair is then marketed as Brazilian or Peruvian hair, which can go for twice the money.
But why the lies? We’ll take Brazil for example, Brazilian women are synonymous with exotic beauty, which one would assume to mean, beautiful hair. It just sounds better than Chinese hair. It sounds so good, millions of women are willing to pay that much more for it. There are little to no regulations in the human hair industry, so most, if not all, hair manufacturers are able to get away with it.
While sourcing raw hair for our products, we had to beg manufacturers to tell us the REAL origin of their hair. I mean literally beg. Even after insisting that we knew there was no such thing as Brazilian hair.
Think about it… how on earth could you get all that Peruvian hair from Peru. Have you ever seen Peru on a map?? There aren’t enough heads, male or female, to fulfill the world’s demand. What’s sad is that most boutiques and hair vendors don’t even know the difference. They believe exactly what their manufacturers tell them. And why blame them?
So, we pretty much just shattered your world… now let’s unshatter it.
Unlike most vendors, we know where our hair comes from. We mainly use Cambodian, Indian, Malaysian and Burmese hair. Burma is a small country in Asia, next to Thailand. They’ve only recently been importing raw hair from Burma, as demand for human hair continues to skyrocket, so you won’t see much of this hair on the market. But believe you me, we’ve got it!
Indian Human Hair
Malaysian Human Hair
Burmese Human Hair
Cambodian Human Hair