ABOUT THE HAIR
But first, a bit of information on the hair. Never buy synthetic – that means plastic and it doesn’t really blend with human hair. Do you remember how ratty some of your Barbies’ hair became? It’s like that. Stick with the human hair. You can get human hair extensions at a good price, I’m talking $35. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on clip-ins because the hair is almost all the same.
But if you ARE going to pay more…
I did the research and most human hair extensions are from the same source, with the exception of a handful of companies. Great Lengths, Woven Hair, Just Extensions, Vhair source their hair ethically. To quickly break down each company’s most important points:
Vhair is the Rolls Royce of hair extensions. It is ethically sourced, the cuticles are aligned, and it is virgin hair. Remy New York is the most ethical AND highest quality in my opinion. Dan did his homework and found that women were being grossly underpaid for their hair and some of them were even in danger with hair pirates. Dan pays these women a fair value and these women typically use their earnings to pay rent, buy a farm, or send their children to school. Also Remy New York is one of they only companies I’ve found that supposedly aligns the cuticles of the hair. That means that each strand is in the same direction, from root to tip, like shingles on a roof. Why is this important? In order to get each strand aligned, every other company will group the hairs, regardless of which direction they are going, cut the hair so it is the same thickness on the top and the bottom (this is called Double Drawn), and then chemically treated with acid to strip the cuticle and create a smooth bundle of hair, regardless of the original direction.
Vhair uses TEMPLE HAIR ONLY. This means they are using the hair that has been shaved from folks’ heads during a religious practice called Tonsuring. It is considered to be more ethical because they are not practically robbing women of their hair for fractions of a dollar. Instead they purchase the hair through an auction. According to Woven Hair, this is where their money goes:
“Given that tonsuring is a devotional practice, those donating their hair do not receive monetary payment. However, the temple does sell the hair in an auction process.
The temple uses a small portion of the auction proceeds to fund regular upkeep of the temple and pays the wages of the many barbers and other employees.
The remaining proceeds are invested into the local community through the funding of various charity programs that provide medical aid, education, food, and critical infrastructure projects that support those in need.”
Great Lengths sources their hair the same way Woven Hair does. The cuticles of the hairs are not aligned, so it goes through that same acid bath.
Just Extensions same as Great Lengths and Woven Hair, BUT owner Riqua Hales did her homework and made a documentary of her travels around the world, searching for the best quality hair, without compromising quality-of-life of a woman who is forced to donate her hair. I’d love to watch her documentary because I like her personality and her journey.