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As prices soar, FCT women recycle hair attachments

A cross section of women in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) say they will consider recycling hair attachments if the price of the item continues to soar.

The women, in separate interviews said on Thursday [today] in Abuja, that the cost of maintaining hair had become too expensive, along other goods and services.

Prices of hair attachments in December 2023 ranged between N3,500 and N4,500, depending on the size and brand. However, prices of the product have increased since January 2024 to between N5,000 to N6,000, leaving women to opt for natural hair, dreadlocks, low haircut and use of wigs as alternative to braiding with hair extensions.

the cost of maintaining hair had become too expensive, along other goods and services

Mrs. Funke Ajayi, a banker and a resident of Bwari, said she had decided to reuse her hair attachment more than once since the price of the item increased.

“I bought two attachments for N10,000 to make my hair, which is just for the attachment and then the cost of making the hair was different.

“I think it will be better to go back to the old days, where you use the attachments loose the hair, wash it and reuse.

“If I go to a saloon and they say they cannot reuse the old attachment on my hair, I will go to somewhere that they will be willing to make use of the old one.

“This is because, I might not meet up at some point if the price continues to increase,” she said.

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Ajayi, however, said that if she was buoyant enough, she would buy human hair attachment, which she said was expensive but was meant to be reused as many times as possible.

“The human hair is tangle-free and easier to maintain,” she said.

If I go to a salon and they say they can’t reuse the old attachment for me, I will go to where they will be willing to make use of the old one

Another resident, Mrs. Agnes Omali, said it was good to consider re-using hair attachments after paying so much to buy it.

“I have four daughters and will definitely reuse attachments if they have to make their hair, just to cut cost.”

According to her, the cost trend extends beyond hair attachments to other hair products like relaxers, which are part of hair maintenance and a must-do for girls and women.

This, she added, would not only affect hair business but would also make women consider cheaper but classy hair do.

Mrs Gloria Usman, another resident, said she could plait with hair attachment and carry it for as long as three weeks and reuse with a change in the hairstyle.

She, however, said if she plaited a hairstyle that could last for two months, she would throw away the attachment and not reuse.

the cost trend extends beyond hair attachments to other hair products like relaxers, which are part of hair maintenance and a must-do for girls and women

She said: “The last time I bought a particular brand of attachment for N4,200 I was lamenting. Now, the same brand is sold between N4,700 and N5, 000,for the small size, depending on where you are buying it from,” she said.

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Similarly, Miss Titi Ibidapo, an undergraduate, said that with the recent trend, she was left with either reusing the hair attachments, go for cheaper brands or wear a low cut hair.

She said: “I think I will just go for low cut; it will be more convenient for me in this hot weather.

“I have wigs I bought a long time ago and are still good so, I can use them interchangeably at will for now.” (NAN)

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