There are four basic types of human hair used to make hairgoods for the hair industry: Chinese hair, Indian hair, Indonesian hair, and European hair. All these types of hair have distinct characteristics that set them apart from the others, in fact, the majority and bulk of human hair used in the hair industry is Chinese or Indian hair. Because of the stronger nature and thicker diameter of these hairs, they can withstand various harsh chemical processes that are used to make the hair look shiny, smooth and tangle free, which is called "processed hair". This type of hair, made from Indian and Chinese hair is indeed suitable for many hair markets, but undoubtedly not as "glorious", healthy-looking, and durable as Virgin (unprocessed) European hair. Due to its fine silky texture, wide color selection, and natural appearance, European hair is definitely the only choice for those who demand the finest wig available...the appearance of healthy growing hair...shiny and beautiful, reflecting light naturally, with bouncy swingy lively movement!***


Rest assured, the way that hair is obtained is not an inhumane process. A factory will send a representative out to a village, or even to places like monasteries, and there he or she will contract with the residents to grow hair for a specified period of time, depending on the length of hair the factory is looking for. Human hair grows at an average rate of 1/2 inch a month, so that a 5 year contract will yield approximately 30 inches of hair.

There are very specific guidelines the growers must follow if they wish to enter into the contract. They must use natural herbal preparations to wash and condition their hair, they must never use blowdryers, curling irons, or commercial styling products, they must not color or perm it, and they must keep the hair covered to protect it from pollution and sun damage.

At the end of the contracted time period, the factories go in and "harvest" the hair, and then pay the growers for their "crop". The method of removal is not inhumane. Sometimes the head is shaved, and sometimes the hair is cut off. Whichever method is used, it is done with the grower's approval, and with no discomfort. Cutting or even shaving the hair does not remove the root. It remains intact beneath the skin to produce another "crop" in the future. It's a self-renewing resource!

***Many thanks to Leon Friedman for graciously allowing us to use this information.