Why Are Most Human Hair Wigs Made Of Asian Hair

At first sight the​ answer seems very obvious – they are cheaper. And of​ course that is​ true. But in​ fact Eastern European hair is​ not that much more expensive – the​ amount necessary to​ make a​ good wig is​ about 30-50 USD in​ Poland or​ Czech Republic. That is​ not a​ fortune if​ you​ are going to​ spend a​ few hundred dollars on​ a​ wig. So what is​ the​ catch?

The problem is​ on​ the​ supply side. There are over 2 billion people in​ Asia and only 200 million in​ Eastern Europe. Most of​ people in​ Eastern Europe have no need to​ sell their hair for​ economic reasons. Moreover,​ I don’t have to​ emphasize how rare it​ is​ in​ rich Western European countries to​ sell one’s hair. That is​ what makes European hair rare and explains why local wig-makers purchase only the​ amount necessary for​ their own production. Outside of​ Eastern Europe,​ due to​ its rarity,​ the​ price of​ the​ best European hair (so called “raw virgin hair”) is​ skyrocketing.

Hence 99% of​ human hair wigs are made of​ Asian hair. This hair is​ marked by such trade names as​ “human hair” or​ “remy hair”. if​ the​ producer or​ a​ sales person does not state directly that the​ hair is​ exclusively European,​ you​ can be 100% sure that you​ are dealing with Asian hair.

Asian hair is​ by nature very dark (black),​ very straight and thicker than European hair. Subject to​ a​ complicated process of​ a​ pigmentation removal,​ the​ hair looses its natural shine and resilience. Before it​ finally gets to​ you​ it​ will be dyed several times using synthetic chemical products,​ which no one would use to​ dye their own hair. Such a​ hair has a​ tendency to​ show a​ ting of​ a​ dark or​ red color. This is​ why it​ has to​ be dyed several times and go through a​ bleaching process. That way any color can be obtained,​ but hair structure gets damaged during the​ process. it​ is​ not pleasant to​ the​ touch anymore and even after as​ little as​ twenty weeks it​ will loose its shine and become dull.

Another issue concerns the​ manner in​ which the​ hair is​ obtained. it​ is​ not planned from the​ start with the​ thought of​ creating wigs. Hair is​ cut in​ random hair salons. Part of​ the​ hair also comes from ritual ceremonies of​ cutting of​ the​ hair as​ a​ sign of​ entering into adulthood. Such hair in​ the​ fervor of​ the​ ceremony falls to​ the​ floor and is​ gathered from there and placed in​ a​ great pile. in​ the​ process the​ hair is​ turned against and opposite to​ each of​ its strands and not layered in​ the​ same direction. Although it​ may not seem so at​ first,​ this does change the​ fundamental significance in​ the​ quality of​ your wig.

Every strand of​ hair has a​ coarse cuticle,​ which clings to​ the​ cuticle of​ the​ neighboring hair if​ they are layered in​ the​ opposite direction. in​ effect hair is​ twisting and intertwining into a​ hair clump so difficult to​ comb out. the​ only method for​ solving this problem is​ to​ completely remove the​ natural cuticle,​ which is​ then replaced with a​ silicon one that gives the​ hair its shine. it​ is​ a​ brutal and destructive process – such a​ wig will maintain its sheen no longer than for​ a​ period of​ 4 to​ 12 weeks. After that time hair becomes dull and unattractive.

The best Asian hair comes from India and Pakistan. in​ reality,​ it​ is​ not much better than hair described above. the​ advantage is​ that this hair is​ less stiff and may have a​ natural tendency to​ from slight waves. for​ that reason,​ many producers claim that it​ has the​ same qualities as​ European hair,​ which is​ not true.

If only there were more Eastern Europeans,​ life of​ wig-makers and their clients would be simpler,​ heh?

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