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Where Hair Extensions Come From

Posted on: October 21st, 2009 by Beauty Schools Directory 3 Comments

Hair Extensions from IndiaHave you ever wondered where hair extensions come from? According to, 1000 tons of human hair are imported into the U.S. every year. The finest quality hair comes from India.

One Indian landmark in particular is famous for exporting human hair. The Venkateswara Temple in Southern India earns around 18 million a year selling hair to exporters. As one of Hinduism’s holiest sites, worshipers to this temple leave an offering of their hair for Lord Venkateswara. Cutting off hair for religious reasons is part of a ritual called tonsuring.

Some salons sell this “temple hair” anywhere from $2000 to $4000 depending on the length of the extensions.
Hair from India is also collected by village women who pool their hair together and sell it to exporters. Other women collect hair after it falls out naturally and sell it.

If you want to learn how to do hair extensions and become a professional hairstylist, find cosmetology schools near you.

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3 Responses

  1. Great Post,


    Vista Hair Salons

  2. Lynn Symonds says:

    I wanted to add to the info on Indian hair:

    Indian Hair – Indian hair is considered by many to be the most beautiful hair in the world. It is fine in texture and comes with a natural body wave that is the perfect texture for most people. Indian hair can also be purchased with a strong natural curl which is full of volume.
    A large percentage of highest quality hair extensions sold today are from India. Wondering how so much hair can come from India? Do people just sell their hair or is the hair taken from dead people?

    India is a country with a large religious population of Hindus. Hinduism is a religion consisting of various customs and beliefs in the name of faith. One such belief in Hinduism is sacrificing ones hair in the name of god. Donating hair to god is an ancient practice which has been going on for many centuries. For most people, hair is what defines their appearance and beauty. In India, cutting your hair is considered letting go of your ego for God. No one is greater in front of God, and by sacrificing your hair in the name of God, you are letting go of your ego and devoting time for God. People in India usually donate hair because they are grateful for a blessing or asking for a blessing.

    Everyday thousands of Hindus gather in religious places like temples to pray to God and sacrifice their hair. Temples have tonsure rooms where devotees sit in rows and get their hair shaved by people appointed by the temple. The cutting process is done in a clean hygienic environment using disposable razors. The hair is then collected and put aside for auction. The hair in these auctions is usually sold by the ton. A chain of buying continues from the main buyer to various middle men and distributors. These large quantities of hair are sent to the factories of the suppliers and then sorted, hackled and sorted by length. It is then sterilized, washed and dried under the sun outdoors. After drying, it is drawn and tied into bundles.

  3. Clean Freak says:

    i do not like having too many body hair… good clean looks is always the best! :)