Synthetic wigs get a bad rap for looking cheap or fake, when the truth is that most people—including lots of black women—usually mistake my synthetic curly and afro wigs for my real hair. With BHNC, Freddie decided to forgo the unregulated human hair market and use alternative, premium fibers—or "fair hair"—for ethical purposes.
"We hear an increasing number of women being attacked at night and shaved or obligated to shave their heads as a result of financial instability crisis," reads the BHNC website. "A huge proportion of 'ethically sourced' human hair is bought from religious temples after women have shaved their heads as a means of religious devotion, only for it to be sold and imported to Western consumers. And while these religious institutions temples often claim to invest the money made from the hair back into local communities, there are fears not all are so honest with their windfall, choosing instead to keep it for religious officials."