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Why are there so many different types of hair quality?

Black Elephants

If you've never purchased hair before, you can become overwhelmed with the many different types of hair. There is hair for braiding and weaving. There is hair already made into wigs, ponytails, and buns. Within each of these categories are sub-categories and sub-sub-categories (you can probably keep subbing a few more times). But the most common type of hair with the most sub-categories is the hair for weaving.

Weaving hair can be divided into three categories: 100% human hair, 100% synthetic hair, and human-synthetic blended hair. Many customers who come into a beauty supply store to purchase hair usually are looking to buy 100% human hair. They could never see themselves wearing fake hair. That is until they see the price tag. So why is human hair so expensive?

A few years ago, the cost of human hair went up considerably. There were many factors involved but it basically boils down to supply and demand

  • Demand goes up, supply stays the same, price goes up.
  • Demand goes down, supply stays the same, price goes down.
  • Demand stays the same, supply goes up, price goes down.
  • Demands stays the same, supply goes down, price goes up.
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The demand for human hair increases as people enter the market. Who are some of these people? People who have never worn weave, but want to. Young people who want to start wearing weave. Older people who want to add tracks because their hair is thinning. 

The supply for human hair decreases as hair donors drop off the market. What does that mean? It means the people who used to cut their hair, whether for money or religious reasons, stopped. Many of these people have increased their personal wealth and either see no need to grow their hair long for money, or want to imitate the hairstyles of people seen as wealthy. This means shorter hairstyles.

  • Demand goes up, supply goes down, price skyrockets.

Human hair weaves usually start at 8 to 10 inches.. One person can grow about 6 inches of hair in one year. That means the hair donor must not cut their hair for almost two years! How much do you think that is worth?

As the overall wealth of the world continues to increase, the supply of 3rd world nations will steadily decrease. The supply of cheap human hair will also decrease. But demand will continue to increase...

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