The wig industry all over the world is a multi-billion dollar business. With the increasing demand for different types and styles of wigs, especially those made of human hair, you may wonder where wig manufacturers obtain the hair they use. One of the biggest sources of hair for wigs is India. In fact, in 2016 alone, the estimated worth of human hair it exported was $300 million. As a result, there has been a surge of wigs made of human hair from India, so it is no wonder why Indian wigs are popular and in demand.
In particular, Indian wigs made from virgin Remy Indian hair as well as non-Remy Indian hair have high market value. They have brought in tough competition for wigs made of materials from Latin and other Asian countries. Many ordinary wig users choose Indian wigs and in the past few years, the entertainment industry has been using Indian wigs in films, TV shows, and theater productions. Interestingly, some Hollywood celebrities even use Indian wigs off-cam, so they must be really great hairpieces.
So, are you eager to know what makes Indian wigs so popular among wig fanatics? Cited below are the reasons that can perhaps convince you to get an Indian wig for yourself.
1. In terms of quality
Basically, Indian wigs are regarded as being of superior quality due to the material used which is the human hair of Indian women. Specifically, Indian women’s hair has these qualities:
A. Thick and strong
These are qualities that are considered prerequisites in producing wigs regardless of the style and design. The thickness and strength of the hair material determine the ability of the wig to withstand pressure, wear and tear from regular and prolonged use. Indian women in rural areas (who are mostly the source of hair) use natural products in caring for their hair. They are not exposed to chemical treatments and procedures that make the hair weak and thin in the long run. Thus, their hair is thick, strong and durable and so are Indian wigs.
B. Long, smooth and lustrous
It is part of India’s culture for its women to grow their hair very long for religious, traditional and aesthetic reasons. With such long hair, maintaining the hair’s shine and smoothness can be quite tedious and time-consuming. But Indian women are accustomed to washing their hair two or three times a week using coconut oil and milk, castor oil and honey to achieve moisturized, voluminous, shiny locks. These natural remedies stop the hair from getting tangled too. The smoothness of the hair makes it easy to flat iron or curl it, so this makes Indian hair the perfect material for that extraordinary wig.
C. Extremely versatile in style
The styles of hair Indian women wear are not just the silky straight type. Their hair can have curls, natural waves, deep waves and vary in color from jet black, light brown, dark brown to a reddish-brown color. This makes their hair a top choice in creating different styles of wigs that cater to a diverse range of wig users worldwide.
D. Adaptable in use
The texture and make-up of Indian women’s hair are between those of the Europeans and Asians – so you get an Indian hair wig that is neither too soft nor too coarse. This makes Indian wigs easy to treat chemically. Particularly, Indian women’s hair adapts well to hair dye or colorant to meet the user’s style preference without compromising the natural human hair look of the wig.
2. In terms of quantity
Wigs lovers, especially in America, Europe, and Africa, can buy their favorite Indian hair wigs whenever and wherever they want. Indian wigs are readily available to order from online sellers and purchase from store retailers. This is because India has the capacity and resources to supply human hair to the wig manufacturers. How is this possible?
As of 2017, India’s population rose to roughly 1.3 billion, 600 million of whom are females. As part of its tradition, an estimated 40 million devotees or pilgrims flock annually to temples and shave their heads. This tradition of “tonsure” is an act of purification and devotion as well as an expression of gratitude for the blessings they have received. Indian women sacrifice their long beautiful hair in this religious yearly ritual, which in turn benefits the wig industry.
Imagine, temples in India collect three tons of human hair every year from the pilgrims. Added to this is the collected amount of daily hair disposed of by beauty salons in other parts of India. It’s not surprising then that India can export 2,000 tons of human hair on an annual basis which wig producers can auction off at competitive prices. Thus, there will be no shortage of Indian wigs that users are grateful for and this has led to the popularity of Indian wigs worldwide.
The difference between virgin Remy and non-Remy wigs
Indian wigs have become popular enough that users, depending on their preference and budget, can choose from two types: the virgin Remy Indian wig or the non-Remy Indian wig. Both types can be constructed as a full lace wig or front lace wig and crafted as straight, curly or wavy wigs. But what exactly is the difference between virgin Remy and non-Remy Indian wigs?
1. Virgin Remy Indian hair wigs
They are also called “virgin wig” or “full cuticle wig” which means that it is made of 100% natural human hair directly collected from the woman’s head after it is shaved or cut off (the hair should be tied in a ponytail if cut). So the hair cuticles remain intact and healthy, flowing and pointing in the same direction from the root to the tip of the hair. The Remy or Virgin Remy Indian wig looks very natural and organic for this reason.
Remy hair is collected in a careful manner to avoid hair strands from falling to the floor. This guarantees the alignment of the cuticles that results in tangle-free, long-lasting beautiful hair in its natural glory without the need for further processing. Just like pure 100% human hair, Remy Indian wigs can be colored and flat-ironed as well for different styling and will last longer in its natural state.
2. Non-Remy Indian hair wigs
One-hundred-percent human hair is also used in manufacturing these wigs just like the virgin Remy Indian hair wigs. The difference lies in the manner of collecting the hair used for the wigs. For non-Remy wigs, the hair used is gathered from the floors of the temples or beauty salons in India. The outcome of this collection method is the mixing up of hair cuticles that flow in different directions, and inevitably results in tangling problems.
Now to address this dilemma, the hair is treated with special chemicals that completely strip off the hair cuticles. Then layers of silicone coating are applied to restore the hair’s luster. In effect, the human hair has now undergone chemical processing, so it is no longer 100% virgin human hair. Initially, non-Remy Indian hair wigs may look natural and feel good to the touch. However, after some washing, the hair may turn rough due to the wearing off of the silicone coating. Consequently, hair tangling problems may occur.
Despite this difference, virgin Remy Indian wigs and non-Remy Indian wigs are versatile enough to be used for various styles of wigs such as the following:
A. Indian wig straight hairstyle
Straight hair wigs look beautifully sleek and chic. If you choose one that is made of virgin Remy Indian hair, then you can add some little gentle waves by using a curling iron. If the hair used is non-Remy Indian hair, then wear it as it is or in a bun or ponytail. This style is best for daily use and is versatile for casual or formal occasions.
B. Indian wig curly hairstyle
Wear this wig if you want your substitute hair to have full, cascading, bouncy curls. The virgin Remy Indian hair provides the wig with topnotch curl definition that forms into a mass of amazing ringlets. You don’t have to brush it often to maintain the curls. If you are one confident lady who is always on the go, this style is perfect for you.
C. Indian wig wavy hairstyle
Indian wigs with wavy hairstyles give off a full-bodied crowning glory every woman dreams of. The natural waves add to the volume of the hair that looks elegant and full of life. Stand out in this wig for that evening date or soiree.
India being a major player in the wig industry worldwide is a good sign that there will be a steady supply of Indian wigs in the market. With the increasing demand for human hair wigs versus synthetic wigs, Indian wigs are proliferating in online and retail shops for hair products. This is happy news for wig users in different parts of the world as they can now easily access Indian wigs that are known for their superlative quality.