For women in the Western world, hair extensions are a quick and easy beauty solution that has turned into a billion dollar industry. After all, why wait for your own hair to grow naturally, when you can seek a more rapid alternative? There is a large disparity between the hair extensions women are able to purchase at the store here in Canada and their actual origins.
In order to achieve the most natural-looking hair, women seek “real” human hair extensions and most don’t bat an eye or give much thought as to how that hair was obtained. “It is not grown and regulated. It is actually bought and essentially stolen. The truth of the matter is, hair is being taken from women in the East to supply the demand in the West — a shocking and sickening reality.“ Hair is predominantly harvested from areas of China, and India and unfortunately is sold to pay for things like basic food and necessities. Hair for hair extensions is not always even sold by the owner but can be taken by force. “Virgin (never-before-processed) Remy human hair is the highest quality and runs upwards of several hundred dollars per bunch (and some heads may require more than one). Synthetic hair is much cheaper ($50 to $100) but won’t blend or style the way human hair can.”
The hair extension industry is booming and has reached multi-billion dollar proportions. This is all the more reason for women in the U.S, Canada and Europe to be educated on the subject and consider the ethics behind it. The shocking reality is that women in the West care more about the price not the origin. Those who grew the hair, as well as those who are stuck within this chain of labor, are essentially invisible. When focusing on these women, the most ethically sourced hair comes from temples in Chennai, India, as women willingly shave their heads for religious purposes.
Remy hair is the highest quality of hair available for hair extensions. It is made from human hair and sewn into a “weft,” or a long strip of hair, in a way that most naturally replicates the way hair grows on the head. The biggest characteristic of Remy hair is that the cuticles are kept intact. This means that all the roots are at one end of the weft, and all the tips are at the other. Remy hair can be tangle-free, smooth and sleek.
This style of hair extensions is still popular, but it cannot be heat-styled, curled or straightened. Synthetic hair is made out of various synthetic, blended fibres, and contains no human hair. These fibres are usually very fine, plastic fibres that are manufactured to imitate real hair. For more permanent extensions salons rely on human hair to give clients the most natural and versatile look.
Picking out hair extensions can be extremely misleading, and confusing. Of course we encourage you to do as much research as possible or just wait for your hair to grow out. There are a multitude of tips and tricks for hair growth with many starting with the right cut and colour. Considering the effects of your hair on the world and trying to make a smaller footprint are two things that you can effectively do. designHouse Salon is here to make all your beauty dreams come true however, and if you want hair extensions, you get hair extensions! Our talented stylists can put them in seamlessly and with the most care. Contact us for more details or book your appointment online now!