Our little company is made up of us 2 sisters; Crystal and Cherry. We are from the UK and made the permanent move to Australia in 2017. We are very passionate about our planet and try to live consciously in all aspects. Crystals history is in graphic design, Cherrys is in secondary school teaching followed by hair extensions; having opened a hair extension salon in 2015. We know the hair industry has a lot to answer for and became increasing uncomfortable with this, specifically the plastic waste caused by synthetic hair extensions and the ethics involved in human hair extension. We wanted to create a product which can be a great addition to the hair market without damaging our land, water, humans or beautiful animals.
We began reaching out around the globe, sourcing various materials, experimenting with them and building relationships. We fell in love with a raw material and the journey behind it, it was planet friendly in every aspect and even carbon positive but it needed some work. We allowed many months to work with this product until we were thrilled with what we were creating. Our brand was born.
The incredible discovery and invention of the extraction of the fibres from the pseudo stem of the banana tree is patented, therefore the intricate details of the process isn’t disclosed. The innovation from our partners at Bio Jigsaw Ltd is the introduction of hair fibres made from banana tree stem, with a focus of helping the environment by increasing tree plantation, minimising land waste and reducing the use of synthetic hair extensions which is currently adding extensively to the plastic waste into the ocean.
Banana hair is made from the part of the banana tree that is removed when the fruits are picked, known as the ‘stem’. The stem would normally be treated as a waste product, but by using it to create our natural hair extensions we provide the farmers with extra income and save land space.
Banana trees have one of the largest leaves in the world, enabling them to photosynthesise at a high rate. To support banana hair extensions will in turn increase banana tree plantation and is therefore, being climate smart. They are also compostable! We have learnt that we not only need to decrease the CO2 emissions drastically and immediately but we also need to remove CO2 that is currently in the atmosphere. Composting does just this!
“We have a single mission to protect and hand on the planet to the next generation”. Francois Hollande.