The Truth About Where Hair Extensions Come From | Shady | Refinery29

  • Published on Jun 9, 2018
  • This week on Shady, our host, Lexy Lebsack, takes us into the underground world of human hair trafficking. Wigs and extensions are often made of real human hair, but have you ever questioned how that hair was sourced? Watch this episode of Shady to learn where hair really comes from!
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Comments • 16 709

  • Refinery29
    Refinery29  11 months ago +5820

    What topic would you guys like to see on Shady next? Comment below!

    • Tarh Yake
      Tarh Yake 2 days ago

      Refinery29 k

    • Fuzzy Friends Rescue Volunteer
      Fuzzy Friends Rescue Volunteer 3 days ago

      Medical industry. Doctors and hospitals taking advantage of patients. My husband is an "old fashioned doctor" and refers patients to the "best he knows" for procedures (even though his hospital who "owns his practice" tells him to refer to specific hospital-related practitioners, etc.) He says "it's good medicine to refer ot the best doctor, not a doctor just because they're affiliated with a certain group or hospital." It's an ongoing battle with a lot of docs who end up in that loop.

    • Jill Princess Muñez
      Jill Princess Muñez 6 days ago

      Refinery29 salute to this man ☺️

    • Bea Trendy
      Bea Trendy 7 days ago


    • Carlo lapuz
      Carlo lapuz 9 days ago

      Vegan products

  • Dinah Drohan
    Dinah Drohan Day ago

    very generous of you to inform the public of what goes down behind the dark alley! I knew that it was brutal but when i heard the boy say they offered her 1,2,3$ for her hair i almost died wow!! because i know from years ago hair is sold to celebrities for $20,000 and $30,000 what greed.

  • My World
    My World Day ago

    Kylie has to see this

  • ttlana.k
    ttlana.k Day ago

    We Stan dan 100%.

  • Hannalie Frylinck

    Good for him...and he's helping people in need

  • Nix NG
    Nix NG Day ago +1

    Who saw this video on their recommendation on youtube

  • Doyoung's Vroom Vroom Mic

    Naturally beautiful hair is priceless, rich people need to go to salon every week to have this kind of hair, while that women don't need to do anything, they get it for free. Who is richer?

  • Reinhardt
    Reinhardt 2 days ago

    Better to sell your hair than body :)

  • India Shep
    India Shep 2 days ago

    Thank you Dan! You're amazing!

  • Gowri Karuppiah
    Gowri Karuppiah 2 days ago +4

    love that new generation is ready to run ethical business and with supply chain transparency..... hope many gets inspired

  • Christina Penner
    Christina Penner 2 days ago

    I like Dan. If you need any connects in LA let me know.

  • Bleu Ivy
    Bleu Ivy 2 days ago

    I love what that man Dan is doing. It takes these women years to grow their hair.

  • Bleu Ivy
    Bleu Ivy 2 days ago

    This is why I don’t use extensions anymore. I even started growing my own nails and do eyelash extensions anymore. There are many products to restore your natural beauty.

  • Camilizer Love
    Camilizer Love 2 days ago +2

    CAMBODIA!! My country 🇰🇭

  • Krystin Grant
    Krystin Grant 2 days ago

    I wish Dan much success we no longer have Arjuni he looks very credible his hair is amazing

  • Hind Farsat
    Hind Farsat 2 days ago

    I hope these women gonna achieve their goals and be happy in the end

  • rollychanel Vibes
    rollychanel Vibes 2 days ago

    Really inspiring discovery. I hope that will educated people out there to have a better choice with beauty. #beautynopain

  • Rmon128
    Rmon128 2 days ago

    I’m a 21 year old American male who’s never thought twice about the weave industry or what goes on behind the scenes. Just a random recommendation from YT again, but man this almost brought tears to my eyes. From the woman who was making a hard sacrifice for her family, to Dan for being so honest, ethical and empathetic. Let’s help Remy New York trailblaze the hair industry! So many facets of life can be improved and we are seeing Dan do it in a field that many people don’t think about or take for granted. Thanks for making my day man. Positive vibes to all🤘🏾

  • Catia Pimentel
    Catia Pimentel 2 days ago

    dan is awesome

  • Moji Olabisi
    Moji Olabisi 2 days ago +1

    Ewwwwww I have extensions on my hair rn And I WAS LIKE *MUM CAN YOU HELP ME TAKE OUT MY HAIR*

  • Mama Rana
    Mama Rana 2 days ago

    Thank you Dan!

  • Lynnette Michelle
    Lynnette Michelle 2 days ago


  • Lori Mcgregor
    Lori Mcgregor 2 days ago

    And this is what we call a time for the advancement of women. apparently only the rich ones

  • Congratulations
    Congratulations 2 days ago

    Chris Rock touched on this in his documentary

  • Ehfos
    Ehfos 3 days ago

    put nits in the wigs and it'll put the celebs right off

  • JustAGirl
    JustAGirl 3 days ago

    ok dude the veins on his arms are daddy

  • Deni 데니
    Deni 데니 4 days ago


  • IntensiveOutpatientRehab

    To think that this poor women's hair will most likely end up on the parking lot pavement after Shaniqua gets into a mass brawl with the other strippers at the club over someone stealing her tax return money, fills me with unbearable sadness.

  • Kyle Cortez
    Kyle Cortez 4 days ago

    Keep making great content! 💖

  • kyra
    kyra 4 days ago

    I love Dan!!!

  • t dagbo
    t dagbo 4 days ago

    She looks so much better with her haircut!!!

  • t dagbo
    t dagbo 4 days ago

    Why did you not link the black womans work?!

  • meysol11
    meysol11 4 days ago


    AMANDA NIGHTWOLF 4 days ago

    So that's how we do it for us go out to these poor places get $100 on the open up business tell Mega Millions genius yet evil.

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  • Aneifa Foster
    Aneifa Foster 4 days ago

    I never knew these lace wigs were made by hands..because the holes are soo fine..I thought they had a machine to do so

  • I’m Still the same me

    Wow now what dan is doin is actually true feminism

  • kim taetae
    kim taetae 5 days ago +3

    I wanna a job like you😢to save the world😢

  • Toneka Halo Bovell
    Toneka Halo Bovell 5 days ago

    That why i don't like this human hair.

  • Melissa
    Melissa 5 days ago

    Dan is the best, good luck to him and his company

  • aribrijoy2 love
    aribrijoy2 love 5 days ago

    Bitch whote people just jealous because blacks have thick hair

  • aribrijoy2 love
    aribrijoy2 love 5 days ago

    Thats white people not black

  • music maniac
    music maniac 5 days ago +3

    Remy is better I think ...Why would need people's hair if you have your own? That's just a waste ...

  • Happy Michie Worriah

    Wooh n wear

  • zin lee
    zin lee 5 days ago

    respect to Dan

  • Subscribe for absolutely no reason

    You like my hair? Gee thanks, just bought it!

  • Mia Waddell
    Mia Waddell 5 days ago

    go DAN!!!!

  • naturalpn7
    naturalpn7 5 days ago

    This shudve had at minimum 1 billion views. ..

  • Jungkook Bunny
    Jungkook Bunny 6 days ago

    Their haircut is so nice 💜💜💜

  • Jarel Sajata
    Jarel Sajata 6 days ago

    Love this :)

  • AT Star
    AT Star 6 days ago +6

    Women do so much for getting artificial beauty and looks..

    • M ern
      M ern 2 days ago +1

      Western women...its silly i expensive clothes...its makes westerners on the whole look dumb..

  • Infinx
    Infinx 6 days ago

    Dan is an absolutely amazing person. He literally paid like hundreds of dollars to the women for her hair. He is such an amazing person.

  • After all it’s not like I Cared

    * Nikki Minaj has left the chat *
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    * almost any girl in hip hop & pop have left the chat *

  • izel nayeli
    izel nayeli 6 days ago

    dang, i love dan 😭

  • Patricia Goldinger
    Patricia Goldinger 6 days ago

    I applaud Dan and wish him the best of luck and much success with his business, Remy New York. We need more business people like him. He’s really changing people’s lives.

  • Endy Kenny
    Endy Kenny 6 days ago

    8:32 hes so beautiful

  • Valentine
    Valentine 6 days ago

    This almost made me cry. Bless that woman, I hope things go well for her from now on :(

  • gangster akira
    gangster akira 6 days ago

    i have long hair almost near the knees..and when he was cutting her hair..i started cryin.. cause i would never be

  • anabiya yousaf zai
    anabiya yousaf zai 6 days ago

    This man is so kind and generous God bless him

  • Dreop shahira
    Dreop shahira 6 days ago

    I feel very sorry and sad at the same time at that woman she beautiful hope she and her family get a better life

  • Sanni Keinänen
    Sanni Keinänen 6 days ago +1

    This is so weird to watch as a girl with buzzcut

  • S Bsims
    S Bsims 6 days ago

    Beauty’ takes on a weird level especially w/them “entitled” people...ugh...🤦🏻‍♀️
    But Dan seems like he cares...
    So may he prosper 👍🏼...

  • Cherryblossom
    Cherryblossom 6 days ago


  • Person on internet
    Person on internet 6 days ago +4

    “Women robbed of hair at gun point”
    Me: *has 5 feet of black thick hair*................well I am not going live in the city anymore

  • Ngoc Mai
    Ngoc Mai 6 days ago

    In the countryside of Vietnam, middle-aged women are considered charm, elegant and traditional if they have a long hair and pull their hair back into the messy bun.
    In the past, my Mom sold her hair one time to get the small money for the family. I known that she was upset even she didn't show to anyone. Sometimes there was no choice. But it hurt me too.
    Hope that they don't have to sell any body parts, and they could change the hair not for money, just because they want the new hairstyles. ❤️

  • Rana Rana
    Rana Rana 6 days ago

    I cut 55 cm from my hair as i refused to sell it,instead i donated it for cancer care center for patients:)

  • ✡Shalom Dove 🕊🕎

    Have anyone wondered some of those hairs came from the dead? The funeral makeup artist would trim the deceased hairs while they sleeps in a box (coffin). His/her job is to make a full makeover to dress them up beautifully for their final departure on earth. The collector will then give those "hairs" away to some factories who mend, bleach and condition them to sell. A female tourist who experienced a terrifying encounter, who did her Hair Extension at a roadside store (because it's a good price to pay for a skilful expertise) saw a demon in her hotel room Asking her why she wears ' her' hairs on herself.😱😱😱...??!!?!? Heard this in Indonesia and Thailand. How true I don't know but understanding people would not do it and forbid any child to do it because of the dark forces of witchcraft. Hair extension sure makes you look extra sexy and good but it also torments your soul when it is done with a darkness. Especially to narcissist, women and young girls, may you all have discernment. God Bless You All. Shabbat Shalom 🕊🕊.

  • Mae •
    Mae • 6 days ago

    I remember when I went to Dubai and a woman came up to me and asked me to cut my hair for money, I have golden blonde hair and it is down to my bottom which took me a while to get it healthy long and thick and it annoyed me so much especially as I was only 12 when she asked me! My mother just rushed off with me lol

  • Tara No
    Tara No 6 days ago

    I think all of this is awesome, but seriously from a superficial perspective all these women look BETTER with shorter hair.

  • Vector Stock
    Vector Stock 7 days ago

    I would give that lady $1,000 Every week for cutting her hair!

  • J C
    J C 7 days ago

    any price accepted in the market is, by definition fair

  • Samia Imram
    Samia Imram 7 days ago

    Great job

  • Ngân Nguyễn Minh
    Ngân Nguyễn Minh 7 days ago +1

    I wish I knew him sooner. Since I once grew long hair for like more than 5 years and when it was cut, the money that I got in return did really disappoint me and make me feel like the hair that I grew and loved was just like sth worthless:(( That feeling is still with me when I looked back and my hair never grows that long again. I appreciate Dan’s business and what he is doing right now. Vietnam really needs a lot more like him who thinks for everyone’s development and who really appreciates women. Hope that his work can draw more attention in the future:))

  • Noona 05
    Noona 05 7 days ago

    I felt sad when saw the sadness in that first lady (like I would never buy hair extensions again) but then when I saw how beautiful is the hair cut he gave her and the fair price he paid her and how happy she was I felt comfortable♥️
    Ps i'm obsessed with her extensions

  • muskan agrawal
    muskan agrawal 7 days ago

    Just growing my hair to donate it to someone with need and no resources... But after reading the comments I will be more careful while choosing the organisation... 😊😊

  • Pretty Universe
    Pretty Universe 7 days ago +25

    money can buy anything including human hair and poverty can make u sell anything even body organs and even hair 😭😭😭

  • Manali Gupta
    Manali Gupta 7 days ago

    Awsome man

  • xXKellyXx kelly
    xXKellyXx kelly 7 days ago +1

    I live in Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and I study in singapore

  • Helen Yac
    Helen Yac 7 days ago

    I have long hair and I was always self conscious about it but after watching the video made me appreciate more :)

  • Shinnycandy River
    Shinnycandy River 7 days ago +1

    That's why education is very important but i will pray for poor people so they can get education 🤲

  • Johanna
    Johanna 8 days ago

    YES DAN 👏

  • Liana Fedha
    Liana Fedha 8 days ago +1

    White pple drive the prices up. I love the temple idea myself because they actually went there themselves. Nobody hunted them because he could speak the language, offered them $90 & went on to charge $4,000. Yeah ... & what he is hiding is that he will target New York fashion week to be known as the to go guy for couture hair. How much do you think that will be? And here you are saying awwww.... how stupid & misinformed!!!

  • Dianne Ina
    Dianne Ina 8 days ago

    watching this documentary reminds me the Thai movie 3 am it's scary

  • meme lord
    meme lord 8 days ago

    In India, people come around and pay for the hair from your hairbrush. When I went to India, my aunt had a little bin of hair. Kinda gross

  • Henry Huynh
    Henry Huynh 8 days ago

    Vietnam is where Iive

  • Mercy Fe Pondevilla
    Mercy Fe Pondevilla 8 days ago

    i love this article.. made me cry.. tbh.

  • Stefan
    Stefan 8 days ago +5

    Although he has probably a pretty fair approach for his business, it's still heartbreaking to see the woman selling a part of herself just to make a living.
    Stop capitalism ❤️

    • Stefan
      Stefan 2 days ago

      M ern you think too small, I guess. 😃

    • M ern
      M ern 2 days ago

      lol ok...

  • Dharna Sahu
    Dharna Sahu 8 days ago

    Thuy actually looks so pretty with short hair😄

  • Meribah McHayle
    Meribah McHayle 8 days ago

    God bless Dan

  • Leigh Philip
    Leigh Philip 8 days ago

    This is absolutely disgusting that humans cam do this to each other. What type of world do we live in?

  • A-Girl- Like_Me
    A-Girl- Like_Me 8 days ago +1

    Grab that rice water

  • Farz Blue
    Farz Blue 8 days ago

    Very sad. But it is good to see there are nice people who are not using people in need.

  • Lu Bel
    Lu Bel 8 days ago

    People who make this Business Can change lot of stuff.

  • Lu Bel
    Lu Bel 8 days ago

    Who get all Those moneys? Only Those who need these moneys dont get them. Harmful and People who make from this Business are beast 🤮 these women are poor and dont get enough moneys. And if someone with Cancer need that wig they dont have enough money too. So its fair? No! Those who suffer suffer even more.. So i support same People as him.

  • Katherine Zacheis
    Katherine Zacheis 8 days ago

    Just like the meat and dairy industry... many people don’t know where their food is coming from.

  • Puppies Forever
    Puppies Forever 8 days ago +1

    Instead of giving hair to women who are stupid ! give it to children with cancer

  • Nguyên Trần
    Nguyên Trần 8 days ago

    I am crying. It so unfair

  • A human
    A human 8 days ago

    The sadness on her face,very disturbing and upsetting.

  • Pratik saha
    Pratik saha 8 days ago

    The woman was about to cry I cried after seeing her eyes totally filled with tears I also feel like that when I cut my hair

  • Pasti Pyxels
    Pasti Pyxels 9 days ago

    Those women are beautiful! Dan did such a great job!