By Steve Gillman - Updated September
I decided to research and write this page on selling hair
after reading about hair thefts around the country. That's right,
the news magazine This Week reported in May 2011 that
a thief in Houston stole $150,000 worth of human hair from a
salon that does extensions and make wigs. He took a couple big
bags of "Remy" hair, which is the most durable and
silky kind and typically comes from women in India. Apparently
this is becoming more common.
(Flickr photo by Peter aka anemoneprojectors)
Other recent thefts include $10,000 worth from a San Diego
salon, $85,000 worth in Missouri City, Texas, and hair valued
at $60,000 San Leandro, California. A theft in Dearborn, Michigan
resulted in the owner of the beauty supply store being killed.
Obviously there is money in that pony tail if you have one.
But how do you cash in? There are a couple ways. One is to sell
to a company that directly buys your hair. One example is WeBuyHair.com.
You are likely to make more if you list it for sale on a site
where people bid on it. You can see what your type of hair is
worth by browsing through the listings to find those that are
most similar. There are all sorts of factors that influence price.
It is better if you have never dyed it, don't wash it too often,
keep it covered, and so on. Some sellers even list the vitamins
Now for the bad news. You will generally need to have ten
inches of hair to get any decent price, and it can take almost
two years to grow that much, so you won't be able to cash in
too often. Of course growing hair is not difficult work, but
obviously selling your hair is not going to be a regular income
source. It is just a quick way to raise some money if you are
willing to chop off that ponytail. And as one writer on the subject
says, it is "less painful than selling any other body part."
What's Your Hair Worth?
What is referred to as "virgin hair" (no chemical
treatment) is the most valuable. Longer hair gets more of course,
as does hair that has some natural shine to it. Younger might
be better, but in looking at the listings for sale on one website,
I did see this: 17" mostly pepper, little salt, European
hair, weighs 5 ounces; virgin hair never colored, last
perm done when 16, now 60! She was asking $681.
In looking at websites direct buyers it became apparent that
the higher prices are found on the sites where you accept bids.
One company paid just $10 per ounce for hair, for example, which
would make the woman's hair mentioned above worth just $50.
Some other listings I found included:
- 10-12 inches dark brown; $600
- 12" thick, dark blond, Scandinavian; $1,000
- 15 inches wavy brown, healthy lifestyle and diet; minimum
Of course another way to make money is to sell other people's
hair. For example, you could convince your friend with the long
blond ponytail that she would look better with short hair, then
buy the hair from her for $50 to resell for $1,000. If you have
a few friends with long hair you might have a temporary business
Seriously, though, if you know someone who works at a beauty
salon you might make a deal to buy any long hair cut off.
Four Steps to Hairy Profits
1. Grow your hair.
2. Take photos.
3. Cut it off.
4. Sell it.
Best Place to Sell Your Hair?
You could try advertising your hair on Craigslist or other
free classified ad sites. But the easiest way to get top dollar
is probably to use one of the hair sales platforms online. The
biggest at the moment seems to be Hairwork.com. You'll almost certainly make
more money selling hair on an auction site like that.
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