Colombo Telegraph

The Hair Trade’s Dirty Secret

“If there’s one business in Britain that’s bouncy, it’s hair extensions – sales are up to £60m a year and growing. But underneath all that hair there’s a global tale of exploitation” the Guardian reports.

The Guardian’s  writes “Graham Wake is hardly looking at me but one glance is enough. “I could pay about £75 to £100 if you had a pixie cut,” he says briskly. “If you went for a short bob I’d give you £40.” It’s not often you get paid for a haircut, but Wake’s business, Bloomsbury Wigs, now relies solely on hair sourced from the heads of women in the UK. Each week 30-40 envelopes stuffed with ponytails arrive at his office. Every day, one or two women visit to have their hair valued, cut off, and restyled. Some are bored with long hair, others need the money, and a few are raising money for charity.” Read the full article here

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