We can cry foul all day, but really what can you do about it? We like human hair extensions and if we aren’t over there cutting it off these women ourselves then we kind of have to take what we get.
This is not the type of thing, you can say, if only it were made in America things would be better. This is human/ animal hair and for it to be manufactured it has to come from someone’s head, body or in this case the body of an animal.
Here is my opinion, why is this even a story? Why is it ok to turn our noses up at goat hair, but it’s perfectly fine when the hair is pure human hair. Do I want goat on my head? Absolutely not, but human hair probably isn’t cool either right?
Who am I to argue that something isn’t pure human? Wagging my index finger at a trader telling him to make sure that comes from a virgin haired Brazilian girl, or else? It’s not logical and it just doesn’t sit right when you think about it.
Let’s look at it another way: what if you heard of people in Mississippi, Alaska, Hawaii, New Jersey, or down the street in your town, were cutting their hair for cash and selling it to the Chinese to manufacture and sell it to you, would you buy it?
Or what if someone just cut their hair right before your eyes made a few wefts and handed it to you for cheap, would you buy it then? We would probably think it was weird, yet when it comes from a woman or child half way across the world we wear it proudly.
There are holes in my view though, because we do have instances where we do cut our hair and make extensions and wigs,; Locs of Love is a prime example of that. Women with cancer who have lost their own hair are grateful for the many donations women do daily. So in a sense making use of hair in this manner is fine.
In the case of the Chinese, Indian and Brazilian women giving up their hair, they are also giving it up voluntarily in most cases, though there are some that are being shaved regularly without choice.
The question is where do we draw the line? Does the prospect of having goat hair mixed in with your human hair make you want to boycott human hair trafficking all together? Or is it in the case of women who are being shaved involuntarily that will make the decision final?
This is still up in the air for me. Wearing extensions is not going away anytime soon, and as long as there is a market and high demand, people will do whatever it takes to get a piece of that pie. Do you guys care about where the hair comes from, when you purchase human hair extensions? Or would it just be the goat thing that mattered to you?