The Surreal Experience of Shopping for Hair

When I went shopping for a friend of mine to get some early Christmas stress out of the way, I really didn’t expect to be fondling real human curly clip in hair extensions. Seriously! What kind of merchant is going to make a clearly weirded out shopper sit there and feel test the different kinds of hair that they have in their shop. On one hand, I didn’t even know that you could find real human hair in stores – that’s already weird enough for me. Second, I didn’t think there was enough real human hair that it would be broken down to different types thanks to a robust organizational method!

I mean, clearly I like my friend enough to want to give her something of value this Christmas. I’ve known for a while that she likes finding the best kind of hair for her weaves and extensions. I didn’t think weaves and the like actually used real human hair (I learned that they don’t) but apparently with real hair you can get it at a much better premium than you would over false hair. Plus, according to this merchant who I’m sure was totally telling it to me straight, it looks better.

I still bought it. I hope she doesn’t think I’m weird for giving her a box full of human hair. I didn’t know what kind of hair she has or under what category it fell under so I bought her a couple of different types (kinky and curly along with just kinky hair). My hope is that she likes them both and won’t be forced to go back to shop in order to exchange one of them – how strange would that have to be? Returning real human hair? I don’t know, maybe I just don’t ‘get’ it.

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