Where Do Human Hair Weaves Come From?

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Not from the United States. Most human hair is imported.

The majority of human hair weaves comes from India and other parts of Asia. The reason for this is because Indian women’s hair blends well with the hair of women in many other countries.

Women in Africa and other parts of Asia have dark hair that matches the natural color of Indians’ hair. However, what isn’t the same is the natural curve of the hair. Women in Africa tend to have extremely curly hair while women in Eastern Asia have extremely straight hair.

What’s interesting about this is that India is in-between these two locations AND Indian women have hair that is in-between curly and straight. Depending on the moisture in the air, it can go either way. This flexible characteristic makes Indian hair highly sought after. Also, the hair of Indian women responds well to natural dyes. For women in the States who don’t have dark hair, Indian hair can be dyed and maintain its strength. For instance, when you get something like a Remy hair weave, there’s a good chance the hair in the weave has Asian origins.  What many people don’t know is that some Indian women – mainly in the southern region of India – cut off their hair for spiritual reasons.  One reason they cut off their hair is to trade it for a token of good luck.  For instance, when a relative of an Indian woman has a new child, the woman may cut off her hair, believing it will have a positive impact on the child.  In addition to blessing a new child, they get compensated by hair exporters and benefit the fashion of women abroad.  It’s a win-win situation.

After India and Eastern Asia, South America is the next top exporter of human hair.  This is where Brazilian human hair weaves and other weaves come from.  They’re often not as dark in color and don’t need to be died to match the hair color of brunettes in the United States.  This allows hair to remain virgin (undyed and untreated).

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