I’m sure you will have wondered what the truth is about the costs of wigs made from European human hair. From shop to buy you’ll find a huge variation in prices – anywhere from 300 USD to as high as 10.000 USD (!). So let me take you thru each step of the means of producing top quality handmade wigs, and show the true costs. Firstly, take the acquisition of hair. The cost of hair for one wig (0,2 to 0,4 kg) varies from 30 to 40 USD throughout most Eastern European countries. There’s little variation there, but an important additional cost is incurred by high-quality wig-makers who collect hair in an appropriate and well-controlled way. One of the best wig-makers visit hairdressers and care for the hair themselves, using no middleman. They don’t buy hair from wholesalers because wholesalers blend hair, because it’s so time-consuming to acquire really good hair. One simply has to discover a girl among hairdresser’s clients that has beautiful, healthy hair and who wants it cut. The hairdresser can offer a free service to such a girl and actually pay her for her hair – and clearly both sides benefit from such a transaction. But this shows that, by its very nature, acquisition of fine-quality hair cannot be a simple large-scale automatic process. That explains why outside of Eastern Europe the worth of acquiring good quality hair is skyrocketing – not because the hair in itself is expensive, but due to its rarity. It’s difficult to imagine a large-scale cheap means of acquiring high quality human hair in European countries. Second, take the opposite materials used in making wigs. These usually are not expensive and their costs don’t exceed 50 USD for a typical wig. These are the materials used to provide a cap. An increasing number of wig-makers are now buying ready-made caps, so called “monofilament”, which are gaining popularity and their cost shouldn’t be very high. Third, take the labor involved in making high quality handmade wigs. This is the primary cost factor. Handmade wig needs no less than every week to be produced by an experienced expert worker. It takes per week of hard work, with each hair being knitted to the cap with a really small crochet-needle or glued with a special glue. Within the case of long hair, the production time might be two to 3 weeks. Reliable wig-makers knit hair with a double-knot which makes the construction way more durable but needs some extra work-time. Depending on the type of wig, length of hair and type of cap the price of labor is from 150 to 300 USD. Finally, you cannot forget other typical business costs – investment’s amortization, management costs, taxes, insurances, rent, and profit. Altogether, the value of a handmade human hair wig made from European hair can’t be lower than 500-600 USD even for the shortest hair. There isn’t a upper limit and it only relies on how much a customer is willing to pay, but before you pay 1000 USD or more on your wig remember the actual costs of its creation. And now for a real mystery. Why are European human hair wigs not made in China where labor costs are much lower than in Poland, Russia, or the Czech Republic? The principle reason is no good quality European human hair available in large enough quantities to make profitable large-scale production in China possible. It is because wig-makers in Eastern European countries are buying the entire available hair for their own production. Surprising? – but that is how it is. And that is why most of wigs produced in China are fabricated from Asian hair or blended hair widely available on a wholesale market. In regards to the Author
Franek Migaszewski is co-founder and manager of http://www.Wiggywigs.com site, the primary wig vendor from Eastern Europe selling human hair wigs directly to the western markets on the web.