The Secret World of Black Market Hair Extensions

Hair extensions usually bring to mind images of long, flowing, Rapunzel-style locks, but often overlooked are the women who actually donate the hair. After all, the real human hair in your extensions had to come from someone.

Who are these women? What brings them to give up something that, for many of them (and us), is a defining characteristic? We asked Arin Brahma, CEO of Rebelle USA, and Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions in LA (they've both travelled all over the world to find out where their hair is sourced, and to fully understand the industry), to shed some light on the global hair extension industry.


Keep reading to get a behind-the-scenes look at the hair extensions industry.