5 Facts you didn't know about Hair Extensions


I've had in weaves just once and during that period a hurried conclusion was reached, they were not for me; dealing with brushing, oiling and even sometimes having rollers placed in it, was a luxury of time I could not afford or be patient with, plus it makes me look older so (i brushed it only once the next morning and never again till I had it taken out. I am not here to call out some Nigerians on being hypocrites for screaming cultural appropriation to white women getting braids and then haggling prices for straight weaves; just trying to shine a light on the origin of weaves.



 Africa, Europe and the US are major clients of the Indian hair. Across the world human hairs are ordered from India because of their quality. Some may also argue that the Chinese hairs are the best. Either way, both countries are widely known for the trending human hair extensions. With all certainty, there have been speculations and even jokes made about the origin of human hair who had precedence of artificial hair extensions with uncomfortable shine, spongy feel and tangles that could not be brushed and was further and chemically processed from wool and animal hairs. (Protect your pets still)


1. The Hair Belongs To Indian Gods

Indians recognize and practice a ritual of devotion which demands the shaving off of the hair. The hairs are often seen as traditional offerings to their deities in exchange for wealth, good health and other favors.

Hundreds of pilgrims at Indian temples take turns waiting for their hairs to be shaved. After that a yellow paste of tumeric powder is applied on their scalp; then follows prayer offerings. This ritual is open all year round for interested persons.

2. The Indian Temple Is Sustained With The Profits

While the hair shaving was a religious act the end point of the hairs is financially lucrative. Some Indian temple attendants sell these hairs to interested hair merchants and fashion industries. What is made from the sold temple hairs is then used for the maintenance of these temples.

In one year the Indian temple hairs generate an annual revenue worth over $300 million for both temples and exporters.

3. Bought For Pennies, Sold For A Fortune

With the popularity of the human hair the temple costs have increased, still it does not come close to the thousands of pounds they will be sold for across the world. A 2008 report revealed that British women spend about £65 million a year on hair extensions.

4. Dead People May Have Been Robbed Of Their Hair

An American based South African model and singer, Jamelia, in her BBC investigation into the human hair business discovered so many awkward facts about human hair extensions.

In the course of her investigation, she found that it was likely though uncertain that people may go as far as shaving the hairs of dead people without due authorization. Some supplies have been found scouting through refuse dumps in search of hair pulled out of hair combs and brushes.

5. Indian Women And Children Are Attacked & Forced To Shave Their Heads

According to India’s government official, EVKS Elangovan, the Indian Temple hairs produces only a quater of the bulk that gets to the market; where do the rest come from?

Temple hairs contribute only 20 out of every 100 locks of premium hair sold abroad in an extremely fast growing market. Where the rest comes from we have no idea. In many cases we fear women are being exploited. There are growing concerns over the Indian hair trade.