Why artificially low prices are ultimately bad for all of us (a/k/a The Micro & Macro Global Economics of Cheap Wigs, in a nutshell)

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    Alara Houghton

    I am a new wig consumer and I so appreciate all the time and effort you have put into educating 

    us. I feel very fortunate in finding your site.  Thank you.

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    Sarah Browne

    ... you know, maybe we should just wear natural hats. 

    This was a really interesting article. 

    I always wonder about the ethics of buying human hair wigs. I know it can't be good, especially the cheaper ones made for black women. I know some is taken from hair donations, which is also ethically weird in that it's being sold for money when the donator receives nothing in return. 

    Synthetics maybe aren't so bad. We use fossil fuels for a lot of things, and I'm not sure how much fossil fuels go into producing a wig vs driving your car to work, or buying a reusable water bottle. 

    But it really sucks that just going bald or wearing a hat is not accepted in a lot of contexts. I'm in a Facebook group for people with trichotillomania and someone asked a question a few weeks ago about what she could wear to a lawyer job interview that would be affordable and not itchy. I was thinking some kind of fancy hat might be alright, but it really is hard to find professional-looking hats. And even if you do find one, employers are going to ask why you don't have hair. :/

    So, you kind of have to wear a wig in some contexts... 

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    Nancy M. (Forum Moderator)

    Regarding the ethical issues of buying human hair wigs, it can depend on how the hair was obtained.  For example, much of the hair acquired in India is shaved off for religious reasons.  Women in other countries may or may not be compensated.  I know a few people locally who ritually grow their hair and donate, ostensibly for a cause such as Locks of Love.  

    There are wearers who simply won't wear synthetics just as there are others that won't wear human hair.  I prefer synthetics and as an adage to Heather's article, will gladly pay the markup to ensure a level of quality control.  Overall, the cost to the end consumer is less when weighed with cost of time to search for reputable overseas sellers, communication barriers and the hassle of attempting to return a defective product (buyers usually end up absorbing that cost and have an unwearable wig to boot).

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