This is a question that should be at the top of your list, before taking the plunge.
The Trade in Hair is completely unregulated and to be allowed to call hair “REAL HAIR”, it surprisingly, only has to contain 5% human hair, so those bargain extensions might not seem so much a of a bargain now!
Most hair extension companies buy their hair from hair traders, that source hair, from small towns in China, India and Europe, where poverty-stricken women, will be forced to shave their heads for a small fee.
This hair can then be mixed with heat resistant fibre and animal hair, before reaching the extension companies.
This hair will then have a silicone coating applied, to give the appearance of healthy hair.
Hair is bought and sold on weight, so when lots of people are involved in the supply chain, it is impossible for most hair extension brands to have traceability.
Some Brands, even package and sell hair as “European Hair”, simply because it is packaged in Europe.
Cheap hair is an expensive mistake.
Great Lengths only uses 100% human hair that is willingly donated from Indian temples.
Devotees will travel hundreds of miles to have their hair tonsured (ritually shaved)
Great Lengths have people that work in these temples, that collect the hair and send it directly to Italy for the hair to be processed.
The money that the temple receives from this, is funnelled back in to the local community to help with schooling and medical aid.
In 2015, we initiated a collaboration with The Little Princess Trust and Great Lengths, so now your Great Lengths extensions when removed, can be used to make wigs for children suffering hair loss through cancer treatment and alopecia.
We are immensely proud of this initiative and pleased to announce that due to its success in the UK and Irish markets, it is now being launched Internationally.