If it's too good to be true, it probably is

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies

You may or may not have read about this last week but for those who missed it, I come bearing interesting news. This is definitely an eye opener and a harsh reality for those who aren't aware about the less glamorous side to the world of hair extensions. Before you read todays blog entry I must comment on the price of some virgin hair extensions on the market today, some prices honestly just seem to be to good to be true and after reading this article one thought springs to mind…Hmmmm Questionable! Having travelled to various corners of the world myself to research the origins and the initial sourcing of different types of hair I can confirm there are various processes made available to companies and brands in business but it boils what you want for your brand and your customers. Sometimes, the price reflects the quality or compromises the quality and it's just that simple.

According to the BBC, manufacturers in China are mixing different types of virgin hair with goat hair to save costs and to increase the volume of supply. Demand has continued to grow and despite the recession the hair and beauty business continues to boom. 

Last week a Chinese woman named Lily made a revelation to the BBC “We say it is Indian hair or Brazilian hair, but in fact it is normally Chinese hair or even goat hair. They never realise. This is the only way we can keep things cheap,” she said.

Following that she stated that most of her customers are Africans.
“We used to sell to Europe and America, but now nearly 100% of my clients are in Africa,” she said. Now before you conclude that this is an African problem lets have a moment to reflect. First world hair extension companies and customers could well and truly be walking around with with goat hair on their heads because at some of the prices I have seen "Virgin hair" being sold at, I wouldn't be surprised. People seldom have their own factories, have the ability to monitor production and verify their product, thus the quality and ethicality of their product comes into question.

Lily continues, "We say it is Indian hair or Brazilian hair, but in fact it is normally Chinese hair or even goat hair. They never realise. This is the only way we can keep things cheap," she says, adding that her customers always drive a hard bargain.

Lily’s customer from Uganda shared her thoughts on Lily's revelation and went on to say “Of course I know the hair is not real. The Chinese think we’re stupid. I come all the way from Uganda and they think I don’t know hair. I laugh a lot when I go home and I know that the beautiful women of Kampala have goats on their heads.”

To demonstrate our commitment here at Nicolle's Boutique to bringing you nothing but quality, honest hair extensions. We have established an authenticity stamp which you will see on all our products. Guaranteeing that our hair is ethically sourced and 100% virgin human hair.

Feel free to watch some of our journey on our Youtube channel and also on our website  www.nicollesboutique.com under NBTV… We hope you enjoy what is left of the weekend!!


Love your hair


Nicolle Ndiweni
Nicolle Ndiweni


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