I remember when 'yaki' hair first came out. We (college kids/neighborhood kids) were all like who tf would sell yak hair and call it 'yaki'.why dont they give it a different name.
im still convinced that the majority of the hair in the BSS is yak hair. There was a thread years ago that had some info saying that for the manufacturers to be able to label the hair as 'human hair', there had to be a certain % of human hair in the package. the percentage was shockingly low.
a bhm member ordered this yak hair to experiment with. she wefted it. se said that it had a horrible odor but never came back to let us know whether or not it held a curl, responded to perm & dye, etc. I can only imagine that perming would remove the animal odor. And then a hair manufacturer would give the hair an acid bath to remove the cuticle...then viola! sell it for $50 a pack and get rich quick.http://wagmanprimus.com/product_detail.asp?pl_id=30&type=product_line&id=1184
I also remember someone saying hair from Qingdao is usually human but hair from Henan is usually a synthetic blend or animal hair blend. Who is to say that all of the hair from China and Korea isnt animal hair?
I swear that 'Brazilian Hair' has an odd reddish undertone that Ihave never seen on Indian temple hair. It is like the Brazilian hair is grey hair that has been treated with henna so that it could be easily bleached (from who knows what human source dead or alive (since they cremate their dead in china) or what animal source it comes from.
I have to go to China during the fall (Beijing) and will schedule a trip to Qingdao (2-3 hour flight from Beijing) but I doubt that I will be able to crack the code b/c even a Chinese speaking agent would never rat out their compatriots. The only way to find out is to get one of those Chinese hair industry journals and pay a Chinese college student hire in USA to interpret it.