by Anike Jacobs
Oh dear, the BBC has just disclosed that the trendy human hair – Brazillian, Peruvian etc – are possibly not what they seem!
Also, it has been found that Africans especially Nigerians, Ghanaians, Congolese, South Africans, Angolans and Ugandans are the highest buyers of the hair.
In a research carried out by one of its reporters in China, it was found that the increased costs of obtaining high-quality human hair, manufacturers in China have resorted to buying moderate quantities of real hair (which is often Chinese hair), and then mixing it with goat hair to save costs and to increase the volume of supply.
One of Chinese woman manufactures who sells wigs and other extensions in the report said “We say it is Indian hair or Brazilian hair, but in fact it is normally Chinese hair or even goat hair. They never realise. This is the only way we can keep things cheap. We used to sell to Europe and America, but now nearly 100% of my clients are in Africa,” she said.
One of Lily’s customers who also spoke to the BBC, however said “Of course I know the hair is not real. The Chinese think we’re stupid. I come all the way from Uganda and they think I don’t know hair. I laugh a lot when I go home and I know that the beautiful women of Kampala have goats on their heads.”