All hair donated at temples from devotees is collected and burned. Hair extensions were not invented as of yet.Up until 1940
Koreans visit India and discover the huge amounts of hair in temples, and see it as a business opportunity. They request to take the hair off the hands of the temple. The temple agrees since the hair was simply getting wasted.1941
The Indian hair is being put to good use in Korea, being used for the production of wigs, units, and other hairpieces. They start exporting to the USA and Europe where awareness and demand pick up steam.1940 to 1950
India discovers what Korea is doing with Indian hair. India gets involved in the India, weft production and the exportation of hair begins. China starts to become the biggest country of export.1970
Korea begins production in China to remain competitive and keep market share, which results in copycats and the growth of the industry in China. China starts dominating the industry.1990
Worldwide demand for human hair picks up. Hair extensions are widely accepted, stylists and consumers become slightly more savvy about quality and other important characteristics of human hair, including virgin hair.2000
China begins using clever marketing tactics to create new markets within the industry, such as Brazilian hair, Malaysian hair, Cambodian hair. This hair is non-remy and processed with low quality traits. The prices are kept low to compete in this multi-billion dollar industry.2009 to 2015
With the saturation of sub-standard and low-quality products, Indian hair is starting to see an uptick. Consumers are becoming more educated and are better understanding the value of a more authentic and pure product.2016
Remy hair is hair from from one donor. When cutting the hair, they carefully wrap the hair in a ponytail when shaving the head, to ensure that all the hair being cut will remain in one bundle. This ensures that all the hair cuticles are running in the same direction. Indian Remy hair is the purest form of hair extensions. Only 1.8% of hair extensions throughout the world are made from Remy hair.
Non-Remy hair is hair collected from various sources, like barber shops or fallen hair at temples. The hair is then washed in an acid bath to strip the cuticle from the hair, not cuticle means tangling and matting.