Is the hair on your head from Brazil, India, China or a Goat?

In Braid, Twist Loc Extensions, Hair News, Weaves, Wigs by Valley Fontaine10 Comments

The source of your hair weave, wig, braid and plait extensions is under the spotlight again…

As you may remember I went to Guangzhou in China this year on a hair discovery mission for my up coming book: How to Grow Longer, Healthier Natural Hair whilst wearing Weaves, Wigs & Braids, Like I did.  My book which is due to be published in 2016 is to enable wearers of wigs weaves and braid extensions to have the best of both worlds; great extensions as well as healthy happy natural hair and scalp.

So can you tell the difference?The Hair Factory

However if you have your ear to the ground in the hair world you would know that their have been rumours about the source of hair weave for many years.  This article (in the link above right) by a BBC colleague of mine talks about some of some of what I witnessed.

So the question is should at least some of that hair that is labelled as coming from the heads of women from far flung parts of the developing world like Peru, Brazil, Columbia etc. actually be labelled as coming from a Goat?

One of many hair factories in Guangzhou, China.

One of many hair factories in Guangzhou, China.

Read the article in full:  Human Hair or Goat Hair?

So can you tell the difference?

Above, right are two samples of Goat’s hair:


Raw natural goats (mo)hair

Raw natural goats (mo)hair

Dyed goats hair

The dyed goats hair above mimicks the texture of kinky, curly afro type hair. It’s amazing isn’t it.

Before you get overly alarmed.  The question you need to ask yourself is, is wearing goats hair on your head any different to wearing a lambswool jumper on your back?

Or I could be even more crude and say, that you don’t know the origins of human hair weaves, wigs and braids.  Those processing the hair in developing countries, who are in desperate need of the income, will not necessarily be bothered if their hair is coming from a person who is alive or has recently died.  Just food for thought!

Please share your expertise with us all. How do you know or check that the hair you are buying is human?

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  1. Sad to learn, but very good to know! Thanks for exposing this practice. If women know better, we can do better.

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    Some would say we wear it in our jumpers why not our head. My only issue to be honest is the dishonesty where it exists.

  3. Thank you so much! This makes perfect sense as to why some hair I’ve used for braids has burned, itched, and made me break out. I’m allergic to wool and it never dawned on me that any hair I might buy could have goat hair mixed in. Definitely have to dig deeper now before grabbing just any pack.

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    The problem is the itching can be due to a number of things; chemicals the fibres etc. My rule is I’m always sceptical about the labels as many of these products come from unregulated countries. Human hair for less than £100 or $ US 160 seems like a bargin considering how long it takes to grow hair. I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with treated Goat’s hair, but if I’m buying it I want to know. ☺

  5. hi,

    As someone who has worked closely with the film and theatre industry, mohair has been widely used for creating baby hairs on wigs which are made for the stage. Mohair can easily be distinguished from human hair as it very fragile, very prone to tear and extremely fine. Although in pictures it seems like human hair once you touch it you can almost definitely know that the quality is of a different origin.

    However i am not disputing Chinese manufacturers using mohair for hair extensions, but they have definitely mixed it with other fabrics that replicate human hair or mixed it with actual human hair.

    Mohair is not entirely bad to use esp. if used for certain sections on wigs. Some key celebrities and hair companies use mohair expertly well to create realistic wigs. However i do believe that this information should be disclosed and not mis-sold as human hair- so people who have allergy or concerns are aware of the facts.

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    Hi Elizabeth thanks for your insight, very interesting. On a personal front I would rather wear Goat’s hair then human hair from who knows where and what circumstances snd I’m sure I’m not alone, but yes they need to let us know.

  7. I’m so happy you did this type of research and documented it. A lot of us females have no clue to what is actually being mixed in these so called wefts of supposedly labeled human hair. Some of us are so quick to say for example”oh I’m wearing the Cambodian hair”! Ummm Cambodians don’t have kinky curly hair like that so how is that possible. Women from Brazil and other countries are not really disposing of hair the way people think they are in order to make extensions. So this article is an awakening to a lot of females out there mislead by titles.

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    Thanks so much for your feedback Diana – Yes the weave extension hair industry are dancing a merry dance around us. But we are getting wise to it. Lets face it it takes about 3 years to grow 18inches of hair on average, yet some people are selling it for as little as £60/US$100 a batch! This itself should make you wonder what you are buying and ask the question, why is human hair so cheap.

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