Been thinking about wigs. Until now I have only bought synthetic wigs from Amazon, most of which are made from Japanese Kanekalon fibres. Apparently the quality of synthetic fibres has come on by leaps and bounds in the last few years. And I must say for a “part-timer” like me who will never try to pass close up, in for example, a shop or bar, I find the quality of the mid priced wigs generally very good.
I have just discovered the world of lace-front and full-lace wigs, that offer a more realistic looking wig. Some of these are synthetic and some are made from Human hair.
Human hair. I feel uneasy about wearing someone else hair, maybe even slightly queasy. There’s something creepy about it. Where does it come from? According to an article in Cosmopolitan it mostly comes from India and China. On amazon much of it comes from Brazil and marketed as “virgin human hair.” In the far east some of it is gathered from temples where religious people have their heads shaved. But this is only a small percentage. Where the rest comes from nobody seems to know. It is a multi-million pound big business. There have been reported cases of gangs cutting off peoples hair. A woman from the states was paid $1500.00 for her blonde hair that went to make a wig that sold for $8,000. The thought came to me that perhaps women and young girls from poor countries are having their hair “harvested.” Horrible thought. Even worse – is it possible that hair might be reclaimed from corpses! Far fetched? Who know? Its big business. Gangs are involved. Hair poachers?
Go ask the Elephants and Snow Tigers what Humans are capable of.
Cosmopolitan found evidence that piles of bloody human hair, and scalps ,covered with lice, are recovered from the Temple floors and stored in damp mouldy sheds until sold to the wig trade.
Hopefully the recent advances in technology will cut into this market as the quality improves.
So. I won’t be buying any human hair wigs. What about you?
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