Hassan Khan, 7, who collects scraps including hair on the outskirts of Islamabad. Photo: Haroon Janjua

Human hair: a growing business in China (and Pakistan is taking a cut)

  • The global hair trade was worth more than US$81 million in 2017. Pakistan is among the world’s top suppliers; it shipped 105,000kg to China in the past five years.
  • The hair comes from combs, traders and rubbish dumps, and much of it ends up in China’s booming cosmetics sector.
Topic |   Pakistan

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Hassan Khan, 7, who collects scraps including hair on the outskirts of Islamabad. Photo: Haroon Janjua
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