All hair used in lace wigs – regardless of it is “Peruvian Curly”, “Italian Yaki”, or the ever exclusive “European” hair – is made from the same batch of hair. The different categories are just made to create price differentiation and create the illusion of clout for different hair textures. It creates the illusion of exclusivity, which is highly effective. This is how hair is harvested, processed, and how vendors use this hair.
Where Does Hair For Wigs Come From?
It hardly comes from the West. Most women will not grow their hair, cut it, and have the end goal of donating it for hair replacement systems. Most Asian countries, large parts of India, and parts of Europe all contribute to the word wide supply of hair. Some organizations collect hair from barbershops, or from direct donors, and from Indian temples. Here is an immersive documentary about how hair from Indian temples is the backbone of the hair replacement industry.
How Is Hair Processed?
Fine, loose hairs that can’t be ventilated are discarded of. The hair then goes through a descaling chemical that will remove the cuticle from the hair. Now that the hair has had its cuticle stripped, it can be handled without caring about cuticle alignment. It is then chemically treated with solutions that will make the hair have a thinner consistency. The longer it stays in the solution, the thinner and finer it is. Once dried, the hair is placed in different categories.
Chinese Vendors and Ventilators
The vendor is now ready to supply their team with raw hair to be ventilated. Most hair is ventilated in Chinese factories. The ventilation process is very labor intensive – I would know. The ventilation process can take several months, with talented ventilators ventilating a whole wig in mere weeks.
Chemical Hair Perms On Lace Wig Hair
The ventilated hair goes through a perming process to create a curl pattern that is specified by you or the wig vendor. Perming rods are fixed onto the hair and a perming solution is poured onto the hair. After an allotted period of time, the chemical is washed off with a neutralizing solution. Once dried, the hair will have a new, permanent curl pattern.
Once the lace wig hair is curled, it is dipped in a silicone solution. This silicone will fill in any spaces in the hair’s cortex, temporarily erasing any damage that was inflicted by the cuticle removal and perming process, essentially erasing any chemical damage. The silicone isn’t dimethicone or amodimethicone, the types of silicones found in your favorite hair conditioners. This hair conditioner is much more aggressive, withstanding up to 14 washes before it is washed off. When you receive the hair, the unit will be flawless. Over time, however, the lace wig will show its true colors.
Your Favorite Lace Wig Vendor Is The Middleman
The website that you ordered your hair from acts like a middleman. The website markets different hair types and exotic curl patterns, they pay a set amount for a specific lace wig, charging whatever they want to ensure a profit.