I made $800 chopping off my 32ins hair – how much is YOUR hair worth?
MANY people will be lining up to get a post-lockdown haircut, but could your locks earn you hundreds of pounds?
Alina Brewster reveals how she made $800 (£580.30) selling 26 inches of her hair, and the total could have been more if it wasn't for some split ends.
Alina, who runs the blog The Page Savant, said she often got interest from people wanting to buy her long, blonde hair, before she even knew she could sell it.
She said: “Any time I went in for a trim, my stylist would joke that if I ever cut my hair, she would buy it. I thought, ‘That can’t be real, is it?’”
After researching and realising it was, Alina decided to take the plunge and sell her hair.
Although she was happy with the service she selected, Alina warned people to beware of individuals who try to pressure you into cutting your hair for next to nothing.
Another red flag she encountered was people who wanted videos of her having her head shaved for fetish purposes.
She explained: “The biggest red flag is pressure. If someone is trying to force you to make a quick decision or giving you a tight deadline, they are either a scammer or someone with a fetish.
“They are trying to use your emotions against you to get what they want.”
She also advises against negotiating with anyone, as that can be part of their game.
Alina said: “For some people, the bargaining is part of a sexual fantasy. If you don’t want to be a part of that, don’t even engage.
“Don’t answer, don’t email, don’t entertain it as an option.”
One way to make sure you are educated on your hair’s worth so that you won’t fall for low-ballers or get forced into negotiations is to use a hair price calculator, like the one offered by Beauty Mag.
This tool also highlights how important it is to care for your hair properly if you’re planning on selling it.
For instance, Alina made $800 USD (£580.30) for 26 inches of hair – however, due to split ends, she had to cut 32 inches off to make sure they had enough to work with.
For the full-length cut, she could have received $882 USD (£639.78).
If you are looking to make some cash, London based Hair Harvest buys your hair off you by the ponytail to make bespoke wigs made from real hair that's ethically sourced.
That means that they know where the hair is coming from and that people are giving up their locks willingly, and they're not being exploited.
Bloomsbury Wigs – the side of the business that makes the wigs – mainly sell to cancer patients who have lost their hair through chemotherapy, alopecia sufferers and members from the trans community.
The amount they will pay you for your hair depends on the length, the colour and the condition.
"It's simple supply and demand," Hair Harvest owner Graham Wake told the Sun Online. "Lots of people want lighter hair and naturally blonde hair is harder to come by.
"Ideally we want virgin hair. Good quality, Caucasian hair. We don't really want to make a wig for someone with real hair that has already been damaged by bleach.
"They have to feel as natural as possible.
"There is a lot more dark hair in the market from Asia and China so naturally blonde hair costs more money to buy."
Meanwhile, a hairdresser shows how you can tame your split ends yourself at home – and it will save you hundreds on haircuts.
And a woman shares step-by-step guide on how to not wash your hair for a week WITHOUT it getting greasy.
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