The growing business of hair — human and otherwise

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(PIX11) -- With treatments from relaxing to perming, dyeing and straightening, women can go great lengths to get the perfect coif. And there are many more options to get your tresses the way you want them.

The hair extension industry rakes in an estimated half a trillion dollars a year -- and the customer base keeps growing.

For example, four to five packs of hair are needed to achieve Beyonce’s look. But before you try to achieve a different style, there are a few things to know, like what’s out there, where to buy it and, most importantly, the cost. Hair can run anywhere from $9 to $1,500.

Texture, type, color and length can vary -- and so can the prices. One of the most popular texture out there right now is Brazilian hair, which can be described as very soft with a lot of body and natural shine.

Echelon is a hair company that specializes in 100 percent virgin Indian hair and they boast it comes straight from the source. It starts at $89 every 2 inches and go up by $10.

The type of hair used in your weave, extensions or wigs is another important factor. On the market now, there is human hair, synthetic hair and human blend. Synthetic hair is made from non-human materials and is the least expensive. But it also doesn’t have a long shelf life.

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