It might sound a little creepy, but there's money to be made in selling your hair. Prices for human hair range from £6 to more than £650 (U$10 to U$1000) through online outlets. "Virgin hair," meaning hair that has not been dyed or treated, is worth more. Prices vary, depending on thickness and length. Buyers tend to want the hair to make wigs and extensions, but they also use the hair for paintbrushes or for doll hair--and some people have hair fetishes.
eBay and Craig's list
You can find listings under "human hair," "cut human hair" or "real human hair" on eBay and on your local Craig's List. The hair for sale on eBay and Craig's List is relatively inexpensive. For example, you can find a 28cm (11-inch) blondish brown ponytail starting at £6.40 ($9.99) on eBay. When you're searching for human hair, you'll come up with many offerings of wigs and extensions for sale that you'll have to wade through before finding actual human hair for sale.
The hair trader
During the 2009 recession, business was booming at The Hair Trader, where more than 1,000 inquiries a day were coming in asking about how to sell human hair, according to a "Good Morning America" report. Unemployed moms were hoping to sell their long locks to help make ends meet. The site boasts the highest traffic, sales and prices in the business. Jacalyn Elsie, co-founder of the site, told a Florida radio station in 2009 that nothing on the site sells for less than £97 ($150). The way it works is that a seller posts a photo of herself or the woman who has the long hair as seen from the back. The ads boast of a healthy lifestyle which leads to healthy hair, and give details about the length, curl and colour of the cascading hair seen in the photo. A price is listed, but offers are usually welcomed.
At Hairwork.com, you pay £13 ($20) to place an ad that stays up three months or until your hair has sold. Many of the ads feature hair that has not yet been cut. Marlys Fladeland, the site’s Utah-based founder, advises sellers to wait until the money is in their accounts (most sites suggest using PayPal for sales transactions) before they start cutting, just to make sure the sales are going through. She told the "The Sunday Times" in England in 2006 that some buyers may have ulterior motives, such as hair festishes, but she added, "that's their business." On her site, in addition to the hair that's for sale, you can find ads for Victorian jewellery made from human hair, along with books, supplies and other hair-related items.