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March 4, 2024
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Abuja hair stylists say economic situation hurting business

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By Comfort Isaac
Some hair stylists in Abuja have decried the current low patronage and blamed the situation on the increase in the prices of hair making materials.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the situation had forced many women to resort to wearing ready-made wigs.

A NAN check in Abuja and environs revealed that many salons had increased their service charges with some blaming it on the harsh economic situation.

They said that the nation’s economic down turn had scared customers away to cheaper alternatives that are readily found in ready-made wigs.

Miss Peace Oluwatobiloba, a hair vendor, however, said that a lot of people still buy hair extensions and weaves, in spite of the increase in prices.

“I sell two to three cartons of hair extensions every week at the wholesale price of N2,500 per packet.

“Yesterday, I sold a hair extension for N85,000 and a lady bought it without haggling,” she said.

Oluwatobiloba added that it was up to the buyer to go for what her budget could afford.

Miss Janet Daniel, a stylists in Nyanya, said the increase in hair extensions, especially human hair, was extremely ridiculous.

“How can human hair be sold for N200,000?”, she asked, rhetorically.

Miss Ayomide Jesuloba, a house wife, said that she would buy hair extension “even if the price increases to N5,000”.

She added that those with really thin hair understand the struggle of trying to achieve volume on their hair so, for them, hair extensions are almost like a necessity.

Miss Esther Oluwatosin, another stylists, told NAN that in the past, a big packet of hair extension was sold for N1,500 while the small packet sold for N1,200.

Oluwatosin said that the prices of both had increased by well over 100 per cent.

Oluwatosin added that the quantity and quality of the hair extensions had also dropped.

NAN reports that hair attachments, both human and synthetic made, are witnessing increased patronage in the Nigerian market.

NAN also reports that a variety of these products are available in the forms of clip-ins, tape-ins, weave-on, among others.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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