Where do human hair extension come from?

Nov 6, 2019 10:22:00 AM

All of Great Lengths hair come from religious donations.

Broadly speaking, where does hair used for extensions come from?

Let's be clear about it: it depends.


Some virgin hair comes from Brazil or Peru, some from Mongolia, some from Europe, but most of them from China (even though very rarely advertised), as China is the biggest exporter and importer of human hair and harvests huge amounts from its own population.


But one thing is sure: the finest virgin Remy hair comes from India.

It is not so easy for a consumer to check the exact origin of the hair they are buying so as a result, few truly know where the hair comes from and the journey it takes across the globe. But at Great Lengths we can boast a virtuous sourcing process, as all of the hair comes from Hindu temples in India where voluntary donations deriving from religious practices occur.


The pilgrims are guided by an ancient Hindu myth based on the figure of Vishnu, who lost a part of his hair after being hit on the head by an axe. Thus, the angel Nila Devi offered a lock of her own hair to the God. Such a gesture was so appreciated by Vishnu that he decided to grant the wishes of anyone who would donate their hair to him, as a way to show his gratitude.


This is an age-old tradition and in earlier years shaved hair was just left to float down the river and go to waste. Nowadays, there's a big buzz in the tonsure halls where the ritual takes place, as some temples are filled with as many as 650 barbers and pilgrims sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of them. The barbers work quickly and the hair is promptly gathered and sold every few months by the temple authorities via e-auction.


We usually buy our hair at these auctions, guaranteeing the Temple a fair remuneration. All of the hair we buy is virgin, meaning that it is hair that has never been chemically treated, it is single drawn sourced, which shows that it has been cut or shaved directly from a single donor and it is Remy, indicating that all of the natural hair qualities are preserved by undergoing a specialist process at our production facility in Rome.


All of these features make our hair the ultimate quality material, while at the opposite end of the scale is "standard hair" - often used as a more marketable term for hair extensions.