Are Hair Extensions Ethical?
Here at LDL, we are passionate about all things hair extension related, striving to always deliver the most beautiful hair to each and every one of our clients. But, for us, a high-quality product extends far beyond merely what our extensions look like. Our commitment to sourcing ethical locks is another factor that often sets LDL apart from the pack.
Unfortunately, like virtually any industry, there are many companies out there who sell unethical products. Today, we want to talk a bit about how hair can be unethically sourced, and what we do to ensure we provide truly ethical product to our clients.
The reality behind some extensions…
When it comes to buying hair extensions, most consumers want real human hair simply because it looks, feels and wears better than synthetic options. But the methods behind sourcing this human hair can often be very concerning.
In general, a huge number of hair extensions are made using Indian or Asian hair. In these parts of the world, where poverty is often rife, women and even children can often be coerced or pressured into cutting off their hair. Sometimes they are paid a small amount of money for this, other times they might not receive any payment at all. By exploiting these vulnerable people, hair suppliers are able to get their hands on beautiful locks without spending much (or any) money, before selling it to salons and consumers throughout the world.
It’s important to note that, most of the time, hair of Indian or Asian origins is sent to factories where it is chemically processed and often made into pre-packaged extensions. As we’ve talked about before, this type of product is not only unethical, but it has a short wear-time and will never look as natural and beautiful as you like.
This is why we’re committed to using ethically sourced hair…
Here at LDL, we pride ourselves on the ethical, highly transparent way in which we source our gorgeous, Virgin pony tails. We exclusively buy Caucasian hair from reputable salons in developed countries, where the risk of a woman feeling financially pressured into selling her hair is much lower.
We’re constantly researching and staying on top of new information to ensure we are always delivering not only the most beautiful, but the most ethical product to our gorgeous clients.
How to make sure you’re sourcing ethical locks
With all this considered, you might be wondering how on earth you can make sure your hair extensions are created from humane, ethical conditions. Unfortunately, as the hair extension industry is unregulated – as we’ve discussed before in regard to Virgin vs. processed hair – the best way to get an authentically ethical product is to do your research.
While you might be excited at the thought of having the long, luscious hair of your dreams, buying the first extensions you find might not give you a beautiful result. Not only is it likely that you’ll leave with a product that is unethically sourced, but chances are you will also be given a factory made, processed set of extensions – precisely what you DON’T want.
Instead, it’s imperative that you spend some time understanding factors that separate high quality hair from its cheaper counterpart. If you find that the salon you’re looking at is selling pre-packaged, ready-made extensions, this can be a good indication that the hair is unethically sourced and won’t offer the best quality results. As we’ve talked about before on our blog, this factory hair is almost always Asian or Indian in origins, making it more likely to be unethically sourced.
Here at LDL, we are completely open and honest about who we are and what we do. Authenticity is central to every single weft we make, so our clients can have confidence knowing they are getting the best of the best in every way, shape or form.