What If Your Human Hair Extensions Had A Little Goat Hair Mixed In, Would You Care?

 

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A couple days ago, the BBC news did an article called “The Salons That hope you can’t tell goats and humans apart”. Sam Piranty gave an in-depth account of human hair trafficking from start to finish and found that some of the human hair extensions are often mixed with goat hair but marketed as human.

From reading the piece, the premise was that there is a lot of deception in this business and that what you might be buying might not be what you think it is. We talk about the weave business a lot, how huge the market is but also the fact that the cost of getting human hair is far greater than your dollars paid.

The moral aspect of human hair harvesting is always thrown around in the conversation as something that is rather inhumane but all is forgotten once packaged and put on the shelf in our local beauty supply story. From the article

In a tiny village in Hunan province, central China a man dressed in a white vest and shorts rides around the dusty streets on a rusty bicycle, shouting and ringing his bell.

I stop him and ask what he’s up to. “I’m collecting hair,” he says. “When I ring my bell women come out and I cut their hair. I make hair extensions.”


I ask him how much he pays women for their hair. “I offer them a good price, but I need to make a profit,” he says with a smile.

The streets of the village are covered in hair drying beneath the scorching sun. Some of the hair is definitely human hair, yet the number of shaven goats wandering the streets suggests otherwise.

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My first thought was to get on my high horse and say that is just gross. If you have ever been around a goat, you probably wouldn’t want their hair on your head. But then I look at that picture above, and I wouldn’t want any of it on my head to be honest.

When we talk about International trade, it’s hard to say that everything you get is legitimate, in the article one seller admits to using fake scales when selling hair to her traders because to keep costs low that have to do what they can to beat the system.

“We say it is Indian hair or Brazilian hair, but in fact it is normally Chinese hair or even goat hair. They never realize. This is the only way we can keep things cheap,” she says, adding that her customers always drive a hard bargain.”

Then when you ask the traders, do you know that you are purchasing goat hair? They say of course, the Chinese think we are stupid but we know.

“I laugh a lot when I go home and I know that the beautiful women of Kampala have goats on their heads.”

The fact is how would you know if you have a goat on your head? The truth is you won’t, the hair is manufactured in a way to make it unapparent to the naked eye. By the time it’s packaged you are just thinking you have the highest quality human hair possible especially since you paid top dollar.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Ray Mooring II

Wouldn’t care. We already wear animal fur, skins, and soaps and scents from other animals. Why should the hair matter

Taschaknows Godisgood

People have been using animal hair and objects from nature for hair adornment for millennia. I would not object as long as the contents of the extensions were honestly disclosed.

Jeanie Luvinhim Lee

They probably already do anyway…. lmao….

Gabrielle Pittman

Wouldn’t be anything new

Michelle Nicole Charley

I really wouldn’t care as long as it curls well, lol

Britt Jones

Right! I’m so glad!!

Solange Mayers-Samuel

I don’t think this should be surprising to anyone at all. The hair trade is a business full of deceit and profit is the bottom line. It’s not a surprise I think our so called “human hair” is mixed with a lot of stuff including horse hair we really don’t know where it’s coming from that’s why using out hair is best!

Evelyntallandslender Osborn

Yuck

Blessing Ugokwe

Human hair or gt hair all is hair is not a new thin

Gail Parker

Hee hee me either, but it should be listed.

Girlie Lewis

Yes! Absolutely!

Jasmine Greene

Peak

Yvette Wesley

Lol

Yafit Zerihun

I think the hair i bought from ALIEXPRESS is a goat hair 🙁

Sandra Nosa Oviasu

Lol

Sivon Lockhart

Nope! As long as it doesn’t tangle and holds a curl lol

Sandra Brooks

I don’t know why people think they are wearing 100percent human hair anyways

Joyce Jackson

Shouldn’t be much of a surprise anyway the hair is imported. You don’t know what people have done to it once it gets in your hands.

Velouise Bell

Did not pay for a human/goat hair mix. That is why I just wear my fro for now anyway.

Judy Patterson

Omg no wander why these women are nutty butty !

Kiesha Mccoy

What the difference between a goat & a horse??? I guess the length… Carry on….

Shawnetta Jones-Mochabella Nursery

Goat hair is WAY finer like a baby soft fly away hair. It’s called mohair when processed. I use in making baby dolls

Allian Beckford

I couldn’t care less

Toyatoy Sanders

I’d be mad. I paid for human hair, not goat hair, not lama hair , not horse hair , 100 percent human or give me a discount.

Shawnetta Jones-Mochabella Nursery

Goat hair is actually costlier. I buy it for making dolls and an ounce of mohair is $40.

Toyatoy Sanders

Better say 100 percent goat hair in my weave pak!

Shawnetta Jones-Mochabella Nursery

I use mohair for my realistic baby doll making. It’s actually softer and finer and silkier than human so no, I would not care, but I also don’t wear weaves..

Noel Akira

It’s not a fact of would you care it’s would you know.

Toyatoy Sanders

Unless goat hair looks better

Toyatoy Sanders

Does goat hair come in 18 inches? Asking for a friend

Marylyn Burnett

LOL!

Jamesa Conway

They been wearing horse all these yrs. Whats one more animal. Lol jkjk

Yür Hiighness

Yes. It is false advertising. If the packaging says “human/animal hair mix” you can choose but otherwise you are being duped.

Felicia Hamilton

Why I prefer no weave at all. Yes because animals carry things that can cause us illnesses.

Ex. The lady that had larve embedded in her scalp because her hair came from a corspe.

Cecia Sheffield

THANK YOU! So unsanitary. Can’t believe so many people are saying they wouldn’t mind

Claudia

cashmere comes from goats, why not add a little to hair extensions. People are looking out for their own pockets out there. With secret ingredients and recipes every where who knows what we’re consuming…oh fellow consumer.

Whitnie Sierra

Sounds like an urban legend…. before she used it, it had to be combed and sectioned off and so on…. someone would of seen eggs from a bug

Kyé Pettiford-Smith

Tacky

Dawn Williams

Its hair. People sell horse hair, SYNTHETIC hair, braid hair with yarn….soooo, who cares about the damn hair thing. Its a money maker. Wigs & ish has been going on for too long. Look at George Washington on a that dollar bill….

Ni-Ni Patterson

If it wasn’t advertised, lower in price, and free from diseases and lice (ticks and other creatures as well), then yes there would be several problems.

Toyia Newman-Neal

Lmao

Crystal Johnson

I’m a natural girl…have been all my life!!!

Cb Sampson

And thats why I dont use human hair its just creepy this hair has been on somebodies head NOT COOL

Tanya Morris

If it holds curls ..i wouldn’t mind! Lol!

Tafara Tapfumanei

well i dont think people should care lol simply because you are wearing human hair on your head, so a little goat should hurt right hahaha

Lovely Previl

I wouldn’t care

LaShonda Royston McKnuckles

I wish black ladies would invest in they own hair. Take of your real hair. They edges are missing all because of weaves.

Iyasha Love

I have all my edges and my hair reaches past my bra strap.. If it wasn’t for weaves I would not have been able to grown my hair soo fast and retain all my length.. But to each it’s own

Mildred Holbert

Naaaaaaaaaaaa

Iyasha Love

As long as that goat hair doesn’t tangle or shed.. And I can wash, color, curl and flat iron I’m good… But that curl pattern on mr billy goat gruff is niceee

Iyasha Love

I have all my edges and my hair reaches past my bra strap.. If it wasn’t for weaves I would not have been able to grown my hair soo fast and retain all my length.. But to each it’s own

LaShauna MoonBug House

No

Ariel Kindrow

Nope lol I’ll be the first to rock my “Remi Goat”

Linda Vallare Johnson

NO! 🙂

Tammie Faulkner Taylor

No.

Sandra Dauphin

That goat has some beautiful curls. Wash it, dye it black, and sell me a bundle please.

Philly Angel

LolL! In today’s world, NO,

Teannae Miller

❤️baaaa and bring it. Lol