Inspired by celebrities and fashion trends, more women are embracing hair extensions and wigs, fueling a booming human hair market. The product hit nearly $1 billion in worldwide sales in 2018, and is forecast to continue surging in the coming decade.
But few consumers stop to think about the source of all that hair. Activists argue that the industry takes advantage of poor women who are essentially selling a body part to meet their basic needs.
As suppliers struggle to keep up with demand, the “dark side” of the hair trade is only expected to get worse.
In this episode we ask, does the global hair trade exploit poor women? Join the conversation.
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