Top Exporters of Wigs, Beards and Eyelashes

Woman's wig (courtesy of Pixabay)

Woman’s wig (Pixabay)

Global exports of full wigs made from synthetic textile materials totaled US$461.7 million in 2016, up by 11.4% over the five-year period starting in 2012 but down by -1.3% from 2015 to 2016.

Exported synthetic beards, eyelashes and similar items were valued at $766.4 million for 2016, a 37.9% gain compared to 2012 and a 6.6% uptick year over year from 2015 to 2016.

Export sales of wigs, beards, eyelashes and similar items made from human hair were worth even more at $1.5 billion. That dollar amount represents an 8.2% increase over the 5-year period starting in 2012, but a -39.3% drop from 2015 to 2016.

Regarding items made from animal hair including wigs, beards and eyelashes, total exports equaled $1.1 billion. The latter amount is a -3.8% decline since 2012 and a 9% year-over-year gain for 2016.

Below, you will find the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System codes the product categories shown.

  • 670411 for synthetic full wigs
  • 670419 for synthetic beards, eyelashes and similar items
  • 670420 for items made from human hair including wigs, beards and eyelashes
  • 670490 for items made from animal hair including wigs, beards and eyelashes.

Top Exporters of Wigs, Beards and Eyelashes by Type

Synthetic Wigs

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of synthetic full wigs during 2016:

  1. China: US$158.2 million (34.3% of exported synthetic full wigs)
  2. Indonesia: $139.5 million (30.2%)
  3. Philippines: $44.3 million (9.6%)
  4. Germany: $29.7 million (6.4%)
  5. Hong Kong: $24.5 million (5.3%)
  6. Bangladesh: $17 million (3.7%)
  7. United States: $14.6 million (3.2%)
  8. United Kingdom: $6.8 million (1.5%)
  9. Tanzania: $4.1 million (0.9%)
  10. Vietnam: $3.6 million (0.8%)
  11. Netherlands: $3.3 million (0.7%)
  12. France: $2.1 million (0.5%)
  13. Cambodia: $2 million (0.42%)
  14. Thailand: $1.7 million (0.38%)
  15. Ghana: $1.4 million (0.3%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.1% of all exported synthetic full wigs in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporter since 2012 was Bangladesh via its 5,326% gain in value since 2012. In second place was the Netherlands (up 227.9%), followed by Vietnam (up 183.5%), United Kingdom (up 75%) and Indonesia (up 52.4%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were 5 decliners: China (down -10.3%), Philippines (down -19%), Hong Kong (down -19.9%), France (down -37.4%) and Thailand (down -63.5%).

Other

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of synthetic beards, eyelashes and similar items during 2016:

  1. China: US$398.3 million (52% of exported synthetic beards and eyelashes)
  2. Indonesia: $95.4 million (12.5%)
  3. Senegal: $41.9 million (5.5%)
  4. Bangladesh: $31.9 million (4.2%)
  5. South Korea: $30.8 million (4%)
  6. Vietnam: $26.3 million (3.4%)
  7. Togo: $21.3 million (2.8%)
  8. United States: $20.3 million (2.6%)
  9. United Kingdom: $16.7 million (2.2%)
  10. Canada: $16.3 million (2.1%)
  11. Nigeria: $10 million (1.3%)
  12. Thailand: $7.7 million (1%)
  13. Italy: $5 million (0.7%)
  14. Germany: $4.6 million (0.6%)
  15. Hong Kong: $3.7 million (0.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 95.3% of exported synthetic beards, eyelashes and similar items in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporter since 2012 was Vietnam via its 526.7% gain in value since 2012. In second place was Bangladesh (up 411.9%), followed by Senegal (up 294.8%), United Kingdom (up 112.9%) and Thailand (up 73.7%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were 5 decliners: Canada (down -0.8%), South Korea (down -2.7%), Germany (down -33.9%), Italy (down -35.5%) and Hong Kong (down -54.6%).

Hair

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of items made from human hair including wigs, beards and eyelashes during 2016:

  1. China: US$1.2 billion (83.1% of exported items made from human hair)
  2. Indonesia: $83 million (5.6%)
  3. Hong Kong: $44 million (3%)
  4. United States: $30.8 million (2.1%)
  5. Germany: $19 million (1.3%)
  6. Italy: $12.1 million (0.8%)
  7. United Kingdom: $8.1 million (0.54%)
  8. Netherlands: $7.4 million (0.5%)
  9. Vietnam: $5.5 million (0.37%)
  10. Bangladesh: $5.3 million (0.35%)
  11. India: $4.3 million (0.29%)
  12. South Korea: $4.2 million (0.28%)
  13. Austria: $4.1 million (0.27%)
  14. Israel: $3.5 million (0.23%)
  15. Canada: $3.1 million (0.21%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.8% of all exported synthetic full wigs in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporter since 2012 was Vietnam via its 61,300% gain in value since 2012. In second place was Bangladesh (up 4,838%), followed by Israel (up 145.5%), India (up 81.9%) and Indonesia (up 68.6%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were three decliners: Hong Kong (down -4.8%), Italy (down -7.4%) and South Korea (down -29.1%).

Animal

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of items made from animal hair including wigs, beards and eyelashes during 2016:

  1. China: US$924.7 million (85.3% of exported items made from animal hair)
  2. Indonesia: $64 million (5.9%)
  3. United States: $18.9 million (1.7%)
  4. Mozambique: $15.4 million (1.4%)
  5. Thailand: $10.2 million (0.9%)
  6. South Korea: $8.5 million (0.8%)
  7. Myanmar (Burma): $7.6 million (0.7%)
  8. South Africa: $4.9 million (0.4%)
  9. Israel: $3.6 million (0.33%)
  10. Taiwan: $2.7 million (0.25%)
  11. Vietnam: $2.3 million (0.21%)
  12. Kenya: $2.2 million (0.21%)
  13. Italy: $2 million (0.18%)
  14. Ireland: $1.8 million (0.17%)
  15. Singapore: $1.2 million (0.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.7% of all exported synthetic full wigs in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporter since 2012 was Myanmar (Burma) via its 16,344% gain in value since 2012. In second place was the Ireland (up 2,538%), followed by Israel (up 429%), Mozambique (up 184%) and the United States (up 153.4%).

Bucking the upbeat trend were three decliners: Italy (down -1.3%), China (down -9.5%) and Thailand (down -15.2%).

Firms

Wigs Exporting Companies

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are examples of exporters engaged in the trade of wigs and hair extensions.

  • Hair Edition (South Korea)
  • Hair Piece Factory (Bangladesh)
  • Montez Enterprise, LLC (United States)
  • Pearlcoin Limited (Hong Kong)
  • Sensualy.it (Italy)
  • Suna Hair (India)
  • Tran Nang Chinh Household (Vietnam)
  • Xuchang Yunlong Hair Products (China)

The home-country location for each business is shown within parentheses.



 

See also Top Human Hair Exporters by Country, Perfumes Exporters by Country and Beauty Cosmetics and Skincare Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Alibaba, Supplier showroom for hair wigs. Accessed on November 22, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on November 22, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 22, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on November 22, 2017

Wikipedia, Eyelash extensions. Accessed on November 22, 2017

Wikipedia, Wig. Accessed on November 22, 2017