The hair prolongation trade is a multi-million dollar attention – and Slavic hair is quite prized. The blonde hair extensions have turn famous as white gold. Ukrainian women can addition their incomes by offering their hair, with Slavic hair extensions costing about $1,000 (£882) and wigs about $3,000.
Hair gradients accessible in a salon in Kiev
I was unequivocally meddlesome in a suspicion of someone peaceful to have another person’s hair trustworthy to their conduct and carrying no thought of a start of that hair, or a resources in that it was taken.
I headed to Kiev to take adult my residency during Izolyatsia, an art substructure in a city. Walking a streets, we beheld that nonetheless large-scale promotion was rare, there were many smaller posters with tear-off write numbers. we had to work out what a word for “hair” was in Ukrainian with Cyrillic characters. It became a search.
Advertising posters via Ukraine.
I met Yevgeny, who has owned a hair salon in a offering centre on a hinterland of Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine, for about 8 years. However, his business is substantially some-more accurately described as a hair prolongation studio.
“Women come to cut and sell their hair, yet not that often: a Slavic girls, conversely, are peaceful to compensate their final penny to be pleasing and have prolonged hair. Demand for extensions is larger than for haircuts,” he said.
At Yevgeny’s salon, hair extensions cost between $60 and $300 for 100 grams.
“Hair extensions are apropos some-more popular, yet it all strongly depends on fashion. we had a patron who had her possess thick and prolonged hair, who came and asked me to cut off since she was sleepy of it. She sole it to me, and than she came again in a week observant ‘I wish my hair back.’ It happens,” he said.
For aptness instructor Anna, coming is unequivocally important. She was carrying hair extensions propitious in Yevgeny’s salon when we visited.
Yevgeny invited me into a behind room of his salon where an workman – also named Anna – was gluing in a extensions. we asked if we could sketch them and we was allowed.
The hair extensions are glued to a bottom of a customer’s possess hair: this routine can take a whole day.
After contacting a integrate of people who cut hair in Kiev, we organised to accommodate Tatiana. She has been slicing hair from women for 11 years and exports some of it, yet also fits hair extensions in a city. She showed me some ponytails of hair she had cut.
“I give many women beauty. we cut hair from Slavic women, and make extensions for other women who have brief hair,” she said.
“Slavic hair is a best hair in a world, as everybody knows!”
Tatiana advertises on Instagram and sells to business opposite Europe and in a USA.
“I publicize to all women who have prolonged hair and infrequently women call me, and we accommodate and we cut their hair,” she said.
She customarily meets around 4 women per week.
“Many women who have prolonged hair need some-more time to make their hair pleasing and to rinse their hair, so they wish it cut,” she said.
“Usually women tell me that it’s too prohibited to have a lot of hair in summer. Of course, for bad women it’s also good to get some money, yet customarily we accommodate with women of normal financial standing who customarily wish to change their look,” she said.
Many of her business are teenagers.
“Teenagers wish to change everything. And thereafter afterwards, they cry! ‘Oh we don’t wish to have this prolonged hair, we wish to be some-more modern’ and thereafter they cry after it’s been cut: ‘What did we do?’”
Alina, 22, had advertised her hair for sale on a website, and we managed to bond her to one of a hair sellers we had contacted by a travel adverts. we organised to accommodate her during a friend’s flat, where we took portraits of her before a hair play arrived. He totalled out a prolonged hair after putting it into 4 bunches. Then he started hacking: he certified he wasn’t a hairdresser. He had been putting adult a travel adverts for someone else, thereafter realised that he could put his possess series on a posters and collect a hair himself, so he did.
He bought Alina’s hair for 1700 hryvnia (about £48). When he had gone, we photographed her again in a same positions, thereafter we interviewed her. She was upset: it had been a dire knowledge for her.
“I’m from Ukraine, I’m 22 and we come from Sumy region. I’m a fourth-grade tyro of journalism. we work part-time during a news company, posting a news on a website,” she told me.
“I looked into offering my hair when we customarily wanted to cut my hair and change my style. My beloved said, ‘Why simply cut it off? You can sell it.’ we simply wanted to change my image. To change something in my life for during slightest once, so we churned business with pleasure.”
“I feel frightened that we substantially demeanour bad now, since no income can reinstate my beauty. I’m gonna be flattering concerned about people’s reactions. But as for me privately … it’s tough to tell, we don’t know yet. I’ll have to spend some time removing used to this.”
Finding a right chairman to sell her hair to was a struggle, she said.
“There was a lady from another city who asked me to send my hair in a post for a cost of 2000uah (£56) per 100 grams, yet we refused since it seemed weird.
“A male called me, who also offering to cut my hair, yet asked me to name my price. It was weird, since it’s hairdressers who should know their prices, not me. Then he wanted to accommodate for a crater of coffee, so it didn’t feel like it was unequivocally my hair he wanted to buy.
“Then a male called Yurii called, a one who cut my hair today, and asked me to send a print initial yet didn’t name his cost – he customarily wanted to take a demeanour and give me an estimate.”
I organised to accommodate a hair play called Vijay, who takes Ukrainian and Russian hair to New York.
“It is possibly used for hair extensions or wigs: of course, a lot of people with cancer have hair loss, so customarily in New York, we sell to rich women who’ve had hair detriment and wish to have wigs,” he said.
He told me he set adult his hair-selling business 8 years ago, while operative as an editor during Playboy.
“It was engaging yet we was customarily a workman like everybody else: when you’re editor, even yet a name competence be glamorous you’re still, we know, a income person,” he said.
“For now this is arrange of my comfort business: it still infrequently pays a lease or covers trips. In New York we have clients who have worked with me for a integrate of years.”
He was penetrating to indicate out that a women offering their hair do so willingly.
“People get paid for it: it’s girls who wish to character their hair. People assume that girls are customarily being coerced into offering their hair yet Ukraine is a unequivocally courteous place,” he said.
“In Ukraine salary are still unequivocally low. Some people work all month for dual hundred dollars a month. So if we sell your hair and make a hundred dollars, or even fifty dollars, that’s huge. In US terms, that’ll be someone earning 500 bucks. You know some people in America would do all kinds of things – they would go and turn guinea pigs for lab experiments – for $1,000 or $1,500 or so.”