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$501.7 million in 2018, up by 6.2% over the five-year period starting in 2014 and rising 11.4% from 2017 to 2018.

Worldwide, exported synthetic beards, eyelashes and similar items were valued at $901.1 million for 2018. That dollar amount reflects a 36.1% gain compared to 2014 and a 10.1% year-over-year uptick from 2017 to 2018.

International sales of wigs, beards, eyelashes and similar items made from human hair were worth even more at $1.3 billion in 2018, albeit that amount is -47.9% less than the comparable metric for 2014 but a 2.2% increase from 2017 to 2018.

Regarding similar items made from animal hair encompassing wigs, beards and eyelashes, total exports equaled $1.7 billion during 2018. The latter amount benefits from a 58.1% increase since 2014 and a 37.1% year-over-year uptick.

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 2018.

  1. China: US$168.2 million (33.5% of exported synthetic full wigs)
  2. Indonesia: $157.6 million (31.4%)
  3. Philippines: $54.5 million (10.9%)
  4. Germany: $34.4 million (6.9%)
  5. Bangladesh: $22.2 million (4.4%)
  6. United States: $15.4 million (3.1%)
  7. Hong Kong: $11.8 million (2.3%)
  8. United Kingdom: $6.5 million (1.3%)
  9. Vietnam: $6 million (1.2%)
  10. Myanmar (Burma): $5.8 million (1.2%)
  11. Laos: $4.7 million (0.9%)
  12. France: $3.4 million (0.7%)
  13. Cambodia: $1.1 million (0.2%)
  14. Italy: $1.1 million (0.2%)
  15. Nigeria: $1 million (0.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98.4% of all exported synthetic full wigs in 2018 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of synthetic full wigs since 2014 were: Laos (up 77,717%), Vietnam (up 279.8%), Italy (up 98.2%) and Myanmar also called Burma (up 70.6%).

Three countries posted declines in their export sales of synthetic full wigs namely: Hong Kong (down -62.4%), Philippines (down -25.2%) and China (down -6.7%).

Other

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of synthetic beards, eyelashes and similar items during 2018.

  1. China: US$467.8 million (51.9% of exported synthetic beards and eyelashes)
  2. Indonesia: $89 million (9.8%)
  3. Senegal: $50.7 million (5.6%)
  4. Bangladesh: $49.6 million (5.5%)
  5. Vietnam: $36.1 million (4%)
  6. South Korea: $35.8 million (4%)
  7. United States: $25 million (2.8%)
  8. North Korea: $20 million (2.2%)
  9. United Kingdom: $17.8 million (2%)
  10. Canada: $15.6 million (1.7%)
  11. Nigeria: $11.7 million (1.3%)
  12. Togo: $9.3 million (1%)
  13. Germany: $6.4 million (0.7%)
  14. Thailand: $5.8 million (0.6%)
  15. Ireland: $5.6 million (0.6%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 93.8% of exported synthetic beards, eyelashes and similar items in 2018 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of synthetic beards and eyelashes since 2014 were: North Korea (up 7,306%), Ireland (up 1,171%), Nigeria (up 755%) and Vietnam (up 530.3%).

Two countries posted declines in their export sales of synthetic beards and eyelashes namely Togo (down -66.6%) and Thailand (down -45.5%).

Human

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of items made from human hair including wigs, beards and eyelashes during 2018.

  1. China: US$963.4 million (75.6% of total wigs, beards and eyelashes made from human hair)
  2. Indonesia: $94.6 million (7.4%)
  3. United States: $50.5 million (4%)
  4. Hong Kong: $49.2 million (3.9%)
  5. Germany: $28.1 million (2.2%)
  6. Italy: $12.2 million (1%)
  7. Israel: $9.3 million (0.7%)
  8. Netherlands: $7.3 million (0.6%)
  9. Bangladesh: $6.6 million (0.5%)
  10. Vietnam: $6.6 million (0.5%)
  11. United Kingdom: $5.9 million (0.5%)
  12. Austria: $4.8 million (0.4%)
  13. South Korea: $4.2 million (0.3%)
  14. Canada: $3.1 million (0.2%)
  15. Sweden: $2.7 million (0.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 98% of all items made from human hair exported in 2018 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of wigs, beards and eyelashes made from human hair since 2014 were: Vietnam (up 8,468%), Israel (up 383.6%), Netherlands (up 158.6%) and Germany (up 77.8%).

Five countries posted declines in their export sales of wigs, beards and eyelashes made from human hair namely: China (down -56.3%), United Kingdom (down -36.4%), Italy (down -17.5%), Canada (down -8%) and South Korea (also down -8%).

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 2018.

  1. China: US$1.6 billion (89.8% of total wigs, beards and eyelashes made from animal hair exports)
  2. Indonesia: $79.9 million (4.6%)
  3. Mozambique: $21 million (1.2%)
  4. United States: $13.9 million (0.8%)
  5. South Korea: $9.2 million (0.5%)
  6. Thailand: $9 million (0.5%)
  7. South Africa: $5.7 million (0.3%)
  8. Uganda: $5.1 million (0.3%)
  9. Taiwan: $4.4 million (0.3%)
  10. Vietnam: $3.6 million (0.2%)
  11. Italy: $2.7 million (0.2%)
  12. Netherlands: $2.3 million (0.1%)
  13. United Kingdom: $2.3 million (0.1%)
  14. Israel: $2.2 million (0.1%)
  15. Germany: $1.6 million (0.1%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.2% of all items made from animal hair exported in 2018 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing exporters of wigs, beards and eyelashes made from animal hair since 2014 were: Uganda (up 8,414%), Netherlands (up 499.5%), Taiwan (up 427.5%) and Germany (up 116.4%).

Two countries posted declines in their export sales of wigs, beards and eyelashes made from animal hair namely Thailand (down -46.3%) and Mozambique (down -18.8%).

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 September 12, 2018

Forbes Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 3, 2019

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 3, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 3, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 3, 2019

Wikipedia, Eyelash extensions. Accessed on September 12, 2018

Wikipedia, Wig. Accessed on September 12, 2018