Where Does Human Hair Weave Come From?

Where Does Human Hair Weave Come From
Where Does Human Hair Weave Come From

While there is an exception to every rule, most human hair extensions come from live human beings, collected mostly in India (especially southern India), Malaysia, Cambodia, and China.

Key words: “Virgin Remi”. “Remy” or “Remi” – different spelling, same thing. In the extensions biz, this means hair that has never been chemically processed (never straightened, dyed, highlighted, permed) that is cut from a person’s head in one sitting. Typically, the hair is tied back, pulled into a tight ponytail, then cleanly cut at the nape. The person’s head may then be shaved, because throughout Hindu Asia, the hair is often cut as a traditional religious ceremony. This is known as tonsury or tonsuring, and is part of many religious traditions, including monastic Christianity.

From a technical point of view, the fact that the hair is cut this way is important, because all of the cuticle will be facing in the same direction. This means a smoother weft.

What is a weave?

wave Extension
wave Extension

A weave is an artificial or natural hair extension that’s fixed into human hair by sewing, gluing or clipping. Weaves originated in Egypt around 3400 BC where people dyed human hair or sheep wool and attached it to their heads with resin or beeswax. Cleopatra was noted in the ancient world for her peacock blue weave.

Today, weaves are one of the basic hair extension types popular among black women. Unlike clip-in hair extensions, which can be removed daily, weaves are meant to last for several weeks. A weave is not a wig. Rather than covering hair like a wig does, a weave is sewn directly into natural hair, accentuating and beautifying it.

Where does real human hair weave come from?

The majority of human hair used in wigs and extensions comes from India and China.

Religious people make pilgrimages to temples such as the Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, India, where they shave/tonsure their heads in a ritual of devotion. Hundreds of barbers shave a new person’s head every five minutes, leaving “bloody scalps and hair balls” all over the ground. The temple takes these strands, which can get up to 30 inches long, and sells them at auction.

Hair from the temple can cost $700 a pound

But when it gets purchased at auction, it’s not really in great shape. “Sweat, blood, and lice” can be found in the hair, which ends up in warehouses that “reek of mildew and fungus.”

It takes days to make a high-end wig.

First, the hair needs to get untangled and sorted. The, the lice (if there is any) has to get picked out of the hair. That gets followed by washing, drying, and dyeing. After that, it gets made into a wig.

You can’t untangle hair from economics.

Historically, the movement of hair has always gone from the poor to the rich. It’s no different now, where hair comes from China and India, and gets sold predominantly in the United States and Europe, as well as Africa.

People buying wigs aren’t too concerned about the ethics of where wigs come from or how they’re made.

Though most human hair comes from India and China, only a fraction of that hair comes from the temples. “Where the rest comes from, we have no idea,” a regional minister for textiles and commerce in India told The Guardian in 2006. Still, the mysterious origins of all that hair don’t bother consumers — they just want to know that it’s hygienic.

Affordable Weave Options

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straight hair bundle

Want a cheap human hair weave that won’t turn into a frazzled mess? Consider buying your hair wholesale on a platform like AliExpress. It’s the best way to guard your beauty budget without sacrificing quality good looks. Be careful of any vendor that posts celebrity shots or appears to copy imagery from another source. Read the product and store description as well as any online reviews before purchasing a hair sample.

Questions to ask include:

  • Is the hair exactly 100 grams or does that include packaging?
  • Can the hair be washed, conditioned, dyed, bleached and straightened?
  • Does the hair hold a curl?
  • What is your return policy if I am not satisfied with the product for manufacturing reasons?

How do I maintain my weave?

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wave Extension

A few tips on how to care for your weave:

  • Your weave should last 7-8 weeks if you have it touched up every 2-4 weeks.
  • Make sure you buy good quality hair that doesn’t shed.
  • When you wash your sew-in weave, use a shampoo designed for weaves and an olive oil moisturizer. It will help keep your weave from tangling.

Weaves can be a great way to make your hair even more glamorous. Start with the right product, pick a style that flatters you, and take care of your weave as long as you have it. Then, change styles whenever it suits you or go back to a full-on natural look.

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