What is the process?
Banana Hair is hand made from start to finish, there is not one machine used during the entire process. Banana hair is providing further income for Ugandan banana farmers and jobs for Ugandan people in a friendly, relaxed and enjoyable working condition. The process is patented, therefore the intricate details are withheld but see below for an understanding.
Extraction takes place in Uganda, Africa. During harvesting of the fruits on a banana tree the pseudo stem is removed, this is standard procedure and they are usually considered a waste product. The stems are dried and the centre is removed using bamboo scraping tools which keep the strands intact. The strands obtained from the stem are then further dried, softened and manipulated to create the finished pieces presented to you beautiful earthlings.
Why is banana hair more expensive than plastic synthetic hair?
Banana hair is hand made from start to finish, the procedure is very slow. Plastic hair is mass produced from machines using toxins that are detrimental to the workers and environmental health, the factories often provide low wages and in many cases present poor working conditions. To lower the cost of our banana hair may endanger the working conditions and wage offered to the workers in Uganda, Africa. To obtain fair working conditions for all, the retail price of the finished pieces must also remain fair.
Can it be heat styled?
Yes. You may heat style up to 190 degrees, the same as human hair.
Can banana hair replace human hair extensions?
We do not believe banana hair is a direct competitor with human hair, we believe banana hair is the perfect texture for braiding and making accessory pieces such as headbands. It may suit certain human hair textures, but our motive is to replace the plastic synthetic hair which is currently littering our oceans and land due to its short lifespan, low price and regular use.
Can any dye be used?
Yes. We have used hair dyes, food dyes and fabric dyes, all of which take very well. However, we have not tried them all so it is definitely possible that certain dyes do not take as well as others. As banana hair begins multi-tonal it will also finish multi-tonal, you may also notice certain strands are a little more stubborn than others and the finished colour may fluctuate from the desired colour. For best results, allow the dyes to soak in for a long period. We recommend brushing the banana hair before colouring and keeping it as ‘sleek’ as possible during colouring. Do not brush when wet, instead leave it to naturally dry. You may wash your banana hair using shampoo and conditioner if you wish, again keep the hair as ‘sleek’ as possible during this process, do not scrub and tangle.
Do our products come in any plastic packaging?
No! We love our planet and have cut our profit to ensure we are not polluting this wonderful world we live in.
What dye do you use on the dyed range?
Our dyed range has been coloured using a non-toxic fabric dye. We choose to use a fabric dye due to the vibrancy of the colours achieved and absorption ability. However, banana hair can be coloured using any dye. The dye we use is certified non-toxic and comes in plastic free packaging. It is not a natural dye.
What is the biodegrading time and conditions?
Our partners in Uganda found the following; 48 weeks biodegrading time in water. 6 weeks in soil. Outdoor weathered 12 weeks.
What is the composition of banana hair?
The Composition of banana fiber is Cellulose 62%, Lignin 29%, Hemi cellulose 3%, Pectin 2%, Miscellaneous 4%. Therefore, it is considered a light weight and finer quality fibre to use in natural and biodegradable hair extensions.