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How to choose the best human hair extensions (and why ethical textiles are never cheap)

These days fake hair is everywhere. From the ponytails that pollute street accessory shops to those who love their hair in the last season of Love Island, to the premium extensions, the artificial hair supply and demand is greater than ever.

The reason for this is easy to see – when celebrities and stylists began to use human hair extensions, textiles and wigs during beauty classes, “ordinary” women understood their paintings to hairdressers as “inspiration”. it was less realistic than he imagined. However, it is more available as a silver coating.

False hair meant that women could have whatever they wanted, rather than being limited by their length, size, or style uniwigs.

So we did. Hair extensions have become not only a weapon in the beauty arsenal of women, but also a growing industry with annual sales ranging from $ 250 million to $ 1 billion.

According to a 2018 research and market report, the world’s hairstyles and expansion market is now expected to generate more than $ 10 billion by 2023. Unfortunately, not all hair is created equal.

Some customers opt for synthetic hair (usually made of plastic fiber blends that look like natural hair but cannot be processed or biodegradable), golden standard human hair. It can be decorated like normal hair, dyed like normal hair, washed like normal hair and worn for several years – if properly cared for.


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  • Only the human hair industry is largely unregulated.

What we do know is that most of human hair comes from Russia, Ukraine, China, Peru and India. Countries where women can earn more than their salaries by selling hair to wealthy Westerners. But this is not always the case.

Many companies – in fact most of the American hair extension companies I’ve come across – get their hair from Indian temples, where they participate in shaving devotees ’hair. This practice, called tonicization, leads to a church floor filled with empty hair. From there, the hair is usually collected by “temple sweepers” (directly hired by hair sellers) or sold at auction.

Some hairdressing companies, like woven hair, also display $ 239 temple hair as a “moral” trait. Then “remy”.

But that requires more explanation.

Sarah McKenna, founder of Vixen & Blush, a ponytail extension specialist, said: “Bad hair has gone through a lot of process in a short period of time and often doesn’t look like it did when it was first given.” “In fact, bad hair when packed is likely to be not just for thousands, but for thousands of people.”

He explains that some of the human hair sold to consumers even comes from salon floors and brushes. Hair, most importantly, is already very low quality. Usually, the collected hair is concentrated in a large bleach, completely removed from the cut and dyed to the desired shade.

This hair is now called ‘non-remy’, which means that the cut is cut off rather than the original root and needs heavy techniques to remove it.

“Often the last shade disappears as cheap industrial dyes come out of the open cut. The hair will turn into an orange or even a green shade of cheap dye. ”

Some brands even throw a bunch of synthetic hair with silicone-coated hair to boost their profits, claiming that the product is human hair. McKenna wanted to get the highest quality girl (untreated) hair source possible for her hair salon, so she worked hard to see places and people who could do it morally.

Eight years later, she not only meets the most beautiful, realistic hair extensions in her salons, but also distributes her hair to professionals selected as London’s hair lab. However, he is the only UK customer working with a single Russian supplier. “We visit every year. The collection team travels to the countryside to collect donated hair and we know the directions and places.

“Hair is paid and an important part of the local economy. “People can sell their hair and make money to help their families.”

Seeking human hair is its micro-economy and therefore morally blond hair will never fall cheap. Great suppliers – god, even good suppliers – should get hair from the people they want to sell, pay those people well and treat their alms like gold.

According to McKenna, if a salon offers a micro-ring extension of less than £ 450 ($ 580), the quality of the hair used is likely to be low. “The total cost for the product and service you see in the Great Street Salon,” he says. “Hair prices don’t change from city to city, but wages vary.

“For a full head of 18-inch micro-ring hair, you can see the prices in the north for £ 600 ($ 780) for high quality hair. It is likely to be £ 750 ($ 970) in London. “

To choose the best hair extensions as a consumer, McKenna believes that the most reliable debate is always aimed at educated professionals to share. This is the reason why London has turned the Hair Lab into a salon expansion brand.

In fact, you need at least three professional stylists who offer hair extensions in the salon before considering partner hair salons. “These salons take time and money to train staff, and also have a large number of regular customers, so they develop their skills properly. Stretching your hair once a month in a rural salon is not enough to be proficient. ”

As an added bonus, there is no problem with its moral security.

In addition to the Vixen & Blush salons located in the center and in Jordec, the London Hair Lab’s hair is matched only by hair products and prestigious salons – Samantha Kusik, Daniel Granger, Hari’s, Hershonson and Le Bancroft.

“I feel that the culture that is being thrown into the culture is something to be solved,” McKenna concludes, and the boy sets the standard.


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