While Western women tend to yield to many whims to artificially alter their hair, this is not the case in Asia, where hair is considered by some communities as a religious offering. In India beliefs push men and women to shave their hair at least once in their lives to offer these to the gods they worship, such as Shiva, Vishnu or Murugan. The donors come to be shaved in the temples and receive nothing in exchange, except the hope of a better life as a result of this offering. Unfortunately, it is not a god who will inherit the hair but a western consumer.
Thus, more than 1,400 kilos of hair are harvested each day in India and exported around the world to make real hair extensions. The treatment of this hair is incredible. They go through a dozen bins of different chemicals, are brushed repeatedly, dyed and even “woven” by small hands to recreate natural locks that will then be sold at gold prices in hairdressing salons.
An activity where the more lucrative for the companies is the raw material is entirely free. The impact of this practice in India at the local level is real: job creation and investment in local projects thanks to the money rose.