Where Does Human Hair Weave Come From?


If your hair is short, hair weaving can make it longer; if it's long, you can have a shorter look without cutting your hair. The art of hair weaving involves attaching your own hair to synthetic or human hair. A variety of techniques are used to attach the hair: braiding, keratin bonding or sewing the hair onto cornrows, and weaving the hair into cornrows. At the beauty supply there is a huge selection of human hair in various textures---ever wonder where it comes from?

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Fallen Hair

Most human hair sources are located in Asia and China. Local residents sell hair that has literally fallen in the natural shedding process to hair farmers. The hair farmers sell the hair to processors who treat the hair with an acid bath and silicon to make it shiny. This fallen hair method is the way most human hair weaves are produced

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Close up of map of China. (Image: Chad Baker/Jason Reed/Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Remy Hair

The term "remy hair" refers to that is cut,or harvested directly from the head. This hair could come from any country. A major source of remy hair is Asian countries. Remy hair is processed, leaving the cuticle layer intact. The hair is cut in one direction so it does not tangle when processed.

Braided hair.
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Indian Origins

Most hair weaves come from India. Some Indian hair comes from Hindu temples where men and women cut their hair in hopes of receiving blessings in life. In one temple in southern India, more than 50,000 people come every day and one ton of human hair is collected. The temple sells the hair and much of this money is used to fund schools and roads. Many Indian women brush their hair two to three times a day to collect fallen hair to sell and support their families.

Map of India.
Map of India. (Image: Marcio Silva/iStock/Getty Images)


China and other Asian countries also provide human hair for weaving. This hair is of a coarser texture. It does not blend well with other textures of hair and remains very rigid even after processing. If you are looking for an extremely straight style, Chinese remy hair should be your choice

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Other Countires

Human hair is also available from Russia, Brazil, Mongolia and Malaysia. Different textures of hair may be mixed and processed to create the most popular looks. The hair is processed the same way and sold through international distributors.

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Inside of wig. (Image: Svetlana Markelova/iStock/Getty Images)


Human hair for weaving comes in different forms. Bulk hair is tied at the top and comes in single strands. This type of hair is used for braided styles. Hair can also be purchased in a weft or a curtain of hair. The strands are attached at the top by machine or by hand on a single thick thread. A newer method called fusion bonding attaches strands hair with a keratin adhesive bonder strand by strand to your own hair. This bonding is done with a heated instrument.

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