A leading synthetic hair innovation will soon be more widely available. Raw Society Hair
has created the world’s first 100% compostable braiding hair extension. The 'hair' is made from banana fibre, extracted from the stem of banana trees. As the stem purely connects the fruit and the tree, it is a natural byproduct of farming; using it in this way gives it purpose, saves land use and provides farmers with additional income. The brand is owned by Welsh sisters, Cherry and Crystal Hinam, who emigrated to Australia in 2017 and have backgrounds in human hair extensions and graphic design respectively. Speaking exclusively to R29, Cherry says: "We receive the raw product from Uganda. It arrives yellow in colour, curly and frizzy. We then colour and style it until it is ready to be used. Not only can the hair be reused
, but it can also be curled and straightened." With plans to sell direct to consumer as well as to businesses, the sisters are also about to launch a 'zero' range, where colour is applied without water or heat and is 100% natural.