Human hair extensions unethical?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Pardon my ignorance, but what is unethical about them?

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Unless there’s a new thing where hair extensions require kililing someone, I dont see the issue..?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I thought they bought hair off others for it? I have a friend that regularly donates her hair. Im sure theres a market to sell it too. Unless there’s a history of taking advantage of donors I think you can wear them with a clear conscience. 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Did you buy your extensions from somewhere that ethically sources the hair? Hair extensions are fine and there’s no reason to feel guilty if you do your research before buying them.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

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123burrner456 :  Ohhhhh I didn’t know that. Well there’s a need for wigs in the cancer community too. But i do know someone that willingly donates her hair regularly because it grows healthy and long. 

You could contact the place you bought it and ask where they source the hair and do some research. 

But right now you own it.  So throwing it out would be wasteful. The info you get could help clear your conscience for next time? I think you can wear it. It shows you care by even thinking about it!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

So you mean like: Fantine had to sell her hair to have enough to support Cosette and that makes you feel icky about it…? I mean, in her case, her other option was prostitution and she also sold her teeth, so maybe selling hair wasn’t so bad. In all seriousness though, if you personally don’t feel comfortable with it, don’t wear them. Easy fix.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

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123burrner456 :  That is true. But perhaps if no one needed that color they could sell it to other wig makers for money? Just a thought. Not sure how long its good for once cut off. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I personally don’t like the ethics behind it unless it was sourced responsibly. The idea of buying a poverty stricken woman’s hair to put on my own head to look pretty is just icky to me.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s a means for some women to make an income. Granted, I have never researched hair extensions deeply, but I would imagine that for some low income women, being able to grow out their hair and sell it would be a relief as it’s a means to bring in support for themselves or family…

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Yeah, I mean, I wouldn’t be about wearing extensions stolen off of a corpse or taken against someone’s will, but I wouldn’t have a problem if the hair came from someone who willingly chose to sell it, poor or not. Yes, it can be a part of someone’s identity, but I don’t see it being the same as someone selling a kidney or something, it’s just hair and it grows back and if someone can feed their family with the money, then that’s a good option for them. 

If you needed blood plasma, would you feel bad accepting it because a lot of the people who donate plasma regularly are poor?

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