Great Lengths Hair Extensions

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Hair Extensions Ethically Sourced from Temple The foundation of the Great Lengths mission is to source, treat and supply 100% human hair extensions of the highest quality in an ethical manner. In fact, Great Lengths is still the only hair extension company that sources and processes its own hair.

Great Lengths Guarantees Ethical Sourcing

Great Lengths is the only hair extension company in the world that guarantees with documented support that all Great Lengths hair has met the following criteria:

  • Every strand has been donated willingly and with the full consent of the donor.
  • The donor has been treated with respect and care.
  • A fair and reasonable price is agreed for the hair and the money paid to the Temples to procure the hair is used solely for charitable endeavors, not for personal or individual profit.
  • A company representative procures the hair to cut out unreliable middlemen and ensure full and direct knowledge of the origin of the hair.
  • Exclusive in-house production process: Used from procurement of the hair to the wholesale selling of the extension to ensure full and documented traceability. Great Lengths International does not work through hair brokers. Great Lengths operates and employs our own sourcing staff and facilities in India so that we are always 100% sure of our hairs source.


Hair Extensions Ethically Sourced from Temple

Sale of hair generates a yearly income of 70 million pounds for temples
"The act of offering one's hair is a very ancient tradition for us which goes back many, many centuries." Watch Video

Where Does Great Lengths Hair Come From?

For over 5000 years, Hinduism has been entwined in the rich culture of India. For Hindus, every part of life is a sacrifice, a giving of oneself or 'Jivayajna' for which one receives true spiritual fulfilment. On a daily basis, devout pilgrims travel to temples across India to pay homage to their gods by making an offering to the temple.

Tirupati Venkateswara Temple (or the Temple of Seven Hills), is one of the largest and most popular of Hindu temples. Located on the top of Tirumala hills, this temple attracts thousands of worshippers a day from all over the world who queue up from early in the morning to late at night. Worshippers donate objects such as gold trinkets, personal possessions or their hair, a symbolic offering to show their devotion to the deity. This ritual shaving of one's hair is known as tonsuring.

In the past, tonsuring was a symbol of repentance, a devotee would ask for forgiveness and their shaved head was a sign of starting a new life. Today, pilgrims make an oath with god and should their prayers be answered, they shave their heads as a precious sacrifice and sign of gratitude and faith.

Prior to the advent of hair extensions the donated hair was often used for the manufacture of oil filters for cars (the microscopic hair cuticles would trap impurities when compacted into a filter) or simply for the filling of mattresses to sleep on. Traditionally, no money changed hands in this process.

In more recent times, the production of wigs, toupées and later real hair extensions has created a market for the donated hair. The increased demand has meant that the temples fetch a good price in exchange for the hair and these funds are then used to aid the poor. Whilst those donating don't receive monetary payments, the temples auction off the donated hair and make $100-400 per kilo of hair depending upon the quality. A small portion of this income is used for regular upkeep of the temple and pays the wages of the people that work there. The remaining money is invested into the local community, providing food, shelter and medical assistance to those in need.

All Great Lengths hair is 100% traceable and sourced directly from these temples.
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Angandwadi Project
Great Lengths sponsors The Anganwadi Project. Based in Australia, the Angandawdi Project aims to rebuild and fund the operation of Indian pre-schools in the urban slums of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
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