The secret behind the hair purchasing industry

Graham Wake didn’t even look at me while we talked, all he did was offer to pay me between £75 and £100 if I opted for a short haircut or £40 if I only cut my hair to shoulder length. You may be wondering, why would anyone pay for my hairstyle? Usually no one will do that, except for people like Wake – who are now completely dependent on the source of hair buying from women. As many as 30-40 hair packages arrive at Wake’s office each week. People who choose to sell hair are often those who are looking to change their appearance or are in need of money, while others choose to sell their hair to raise money for charity.

Wake said that if you had to choose between buying hairfrom dealers and buy hair from individual retailers at a higher price, he would still choose the latter. He said up to 90% of the hair boxes here are dugf to make wigs, and the remaining 10% will be used to make hair extensions. My hair is also in that 10%. “Just curl a little more and your hair won’t work,” he says. “Your hair will be dull in a while, but we can still use it.” In fact, negotiating the price of something as private as hair makes me feel a little embarrassed, but that’s not surprising because women’s hair has always been a controversial issue. . Whether it’s for orthodox Jews, Muslims, nuns…who choose to keep their hair hidden forever, or to the symbol of beauty with shiny hair Rapunzel,

Even in the present, when we live in a more moderate and realistic world, a woman’s hair is still one of the factors by which she is judged: just like a gymnast. American gadget Gabby Douglas said her messy ponytail at the medal ceremony caused a lot of controversy with the idea that it created a bad image for the black community. Or with Miley Cyrus, her decision to cut her hair short was seen as a sign of loss of control by young people, similar to the case of Britney Spears in 2007.

However, beyond the baseless controversy, hair is no longer just a symbol anymore, it is gradually becoming a big industry. From India to Peru, the profession of hair collection has spread across the world. Tax and customs authorities recorded more than £38 million in revenue from hair products (both human and animal hair) last year, making the UK the third largest importer and exporter of hair. fake in the world.

Even during an economic downturn, the UK hair-buying industry has thrived, with incomes ranging from £45 to £60 million from hair collectors (according to industry research firm IBISWorld). based in London, hair salon revenue was £3.64 billion in 2012-2013). Even, the hair supplier for more than 1000 hair salons in the UK – Great Lengths Hair Extensions also recorded a remarkable increase in revenue by 70% in the last 5 years alone. Also according to Dawn Riley, now working at Balmain Hair – currently one of the leading hair suppliers in the UK, confirmed that this is actually just the beginning for the hair purchasing industry: “Now here It’s still a rising market. We are seeing an uptick, as we saw with dyes 30 years ago.”

At the upscale salon in the heart of the city, a wig costs up to £900 and lasts for 5-6 months. While the profit from dyeing and cutting services has remained stable, the wig manufacturing and purchasing industry is growing with profits up to 60% per year.

In Liverpool, at the Rapunzel City of Hair hair center, you can often see students and students ordering wigs made from synthetic fibers at cheap prices from only 10 pounds. for each bundle. Wig accessories like braids or ponytails are often sold at high street stores like Topshop. Theresa Yee, editor-in-chief at WGSN, said that the wig buying industry is gradually becoming mainstream and is gradually moving towards a larger market.

Synthetic wigs may be more popular due to their price advantage, but customers cannot heat styling with this type of hair, so most existing hair salons rely on hair made from synthetic fibers. more real human hair. Specific terms for wigs have also gradually appeared with Remy hair (hairs are kept directed and purchased from a single person), Virgin hair (hairs that have not undergone any processing). , A2+ hair (with all hairs of the same length)… After the hair collection and processing process, the hair will be put into production and create all kinds of hair extensions, wigs as you usually see ( hair clip, hair tape, hair sewing …).

However, behind those profits is what is called the “downside” of the hair production and purchasing industry. With the exception of a few businesses with a fixed supply such as Bloomsbury, most manufacturing businesses buy hair from poor women from countries where hair is considered a symbol of beauty and a valuable asset. women’s best price.

The majority of hair sold comes from poor women in countries such as India, China or parts of Eastern Europe. According to the New York Times, only working-class and financially struggling women in poverty and crisis areas choose to sell hair. More disturbing, in 2006, the Observer reported that in some families in India, women were forced to sell their hair, and even some children in the slums were tricked to shave. head in exchange for food and toys. Or more recently, a concentration camp in Moscow admitted that inmates were forced to shave their heads and sell their hair.

Through this, ApoGroups just want to remind you to be wise when choosing your wigs and hair extensions, look carefully at their origin, ask carefully about the hair purchasing process and product manufacturing process. before deciding to own a hair product. Coming to ApoGroups, we provide hair extensions and wigs that are purchased entirely from Vietnamese people and based on consent from both parties. You can rest assured when choosing to buy our products without worrying about damaged or tangled hair.


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