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  • Where has all the Jumbo Braid gone??

    As many of you are aware, the initial decision to leave the EU was a huge blow for small business, especially those who rely heavily on importing. Our business was no exception.

    The only logical decision for us was to stop selling certain products, based on the falling value of the pound. This has meant that supplying synthetic hair at current prices would be unsustainable, and a price hike would be too high. It would be foolhardy to continue absorbing the costs against other products, with the value of our currency fluctuating and the continued uncertainty.

    So based on this we decided to pass our stock to I Kick Shins in the USA, since this type of business is now more sustainable over the pond.

    This is because she is not only a lovely person, but she has a similar business model to us and is one of very few people to be honest about her products and not miss sell. It was important to us that the person to take our stock, would continue to offer our customers a great and honest service with the high quality genuine products you've come to expect from us.

    Her catalogue boasts everything you could possibly need for your synthetic hair projects.

    Plus regardless of being in the USA, she offers great value for money to international customers.

    Finally we would like to say a HUGE thank you to all our customers over the years... WE ARE STILL HERE if you would like other products or to have your hair done, but for synth hair and dread making supplies we leave you in Sarah's awesome hands :)

    Keep up your awesome projects everyone... and remember who brought you the first ever Rainbow Jumbo Braid! ;)

    Please note that we are in the process of sending the stock over, so bare with us and contact I Kick Shins for further info on when it will be online and how it will be sold.

  • Necessary changes...

    So, we've all been watching the news and whether you agree with the EU referendum result or not, it does affect a few things.

    For a import/export business such as ourselves, we have seen an immediate rise in the cost of buying in our own brand due to factory price increases, courier price hikes and of course, the exchange rate.

    Due to these factors, (and it's been a long time coming anyway), we are no longer able to absorb the inflating costs of jumbo braid.  As such we have had no choice but to raise our prices.

    We continue to bring you the highest quality products for your hard earned cash, and will strive to continually improve and expand our product range for you.

    Prices will increase gradually with each new batch of hair we receive at the new costs.

    As always we are greatful for all our customers, their understanding and continued support.

    If you have concerns about raising your own prices to reflect materials costs, get in touch as we have plenty of help and advise to give :)

  • Kanekalon / Jumbo Braid Update

    We thought we'd update you all on the 'Kanekalon Shortage'.

    Ourselves and some others who have contacted Kaneka Corp, have had direct replies confirming that they have no plans to discontinue unnatural Kanekalon Colours.  They are continuing to manufacture them.  The only changes are that they have clamped down on trademark infringement and therefore have prevented other companies naming their products Kanekalon when they arent.  This means there are a select amount of factories supplying genuine kanekalon.  We are lucky to be working with one of them :)

    So, we are expecting our own brand 100% Kanekalon Jumbo Braid braid Super Soft, to be landing again by the end of May, with new colours in tow, and a load more going straight on order thereafter.

    We also have our own high heat jumbo braid range (from K7 hair - explained in our knowledgebase), our Henlon Jumbo Braid range and more Jazzy and LA Trend Hair being restocked along with all the other marley and special effects hair we do.

    This year is all about awesome braiding, dreading and weaving hair :)

  • Kanekalon and Fibres Explained.

    After a lot of digging and interrogating the factory we use for our high heat Kanekalon we finally have an admission/answer that explains the confusion.

    The Kaneka corperation have had registered the trademark Kanekalon for many years. Under this kanekalon umbrella they have kanekalon KK which is the normal low heat sealing hair you are used to and types of kanekalon called kanekalon K7, Kanekalon K5 and Kanekalon K2. All are varying textures to produce the colours and more natural human hair type feels that they require for wigs, toupees etc.  Some hair will be a mix of any of these depending on the result the factory wants.

    When we asked them for 100% kanekalon in unusual colours... They gave us K7 - which is technically still 100% kanekalon, but a high heat fibre under the same trademark.  They did not lie to us, but omitted the K7 tag.

    So, for the above we apologise, as our high heat kanekalon, although honestly named and described should have also had the K7 tag on it. Something we will now be rectifying.

    An honest misunderstanding between the factories and consumers as we ask for Kanekalon, and they were in their eyes providing it... So the process they described to us, as high heat kanekalon is correct... They just needed to tell us it was K7 and not KK.

    Again, I speak ONLY for diversity hair as I do not know the type of fibre others brands use.

    I am updating the website currently to add the K7 tag to appropriate hair. All the information about this hair however, remains the same. We also have comprehensive information in the knowledgebase regarding fibre types  and other info, so go and take a look if you are unsure

    Moving forward we have all the full names of fibres and descriptions all in place for you.  Apologies again for leaving the K7 part from the name. All our information about the hair was and still is correct, just now with added fibre name.

    You can read about the fibre types here 

  • Kanekalon Shortage - Myth!

    Ok, we've seen alot of posts floating around about a mythical Kanekalon shortage... so we're going to give you the facts.

    Is there a kanekalon shortage?  NO!  Infact the Kaneka Corp who produce Kanekalon, even opened a new factory recently to increase their supply capabilities to meet the ever growing demand.  However, in terms of retailing it in some countries, we are told there appears to be.  So whilst it is available from the manufacturer, some retailers overseas are not stocking it.

    Why do people keep saying there is a shortage?  Because simply put, there is alot of misinformation going around that gets passed on and added to by the many factories selling kanekalon.

    Basically, alot of the big brands stopped buying in so much Kanekalon Jumbo Braid because it is not a big earner compared to their other products, in some cases due to retailers cutting prices on it, they will even make a loss, making it not worth their while buying it in so frequently.  This is why we often have out of stocks from brand names, and why we got in our own brand.  Also, due to the high demand for braiding hair and the want for more colours, many overseas manufactures have started offering PP (polypropylene), TK (Toyokalon) and Henlon Hair as alternatives, and calling it Jumbo Braid so customers think it is Kanekalon when it isnt.  They can buy this in cheaper than Kanekalon and sell it for a better margin, so that's what they do.  It's just business unfortunately, but we know the difference and will only sell things 100% honestly.

    Is Diversity Hair's Jumbo Braid Kanekalon?  Yes, Jazzy, LA Trend, Sensationnel and Diversity Hair Super Soft are all 100% Kaneka Corp Kanekalon.  The High heat Kanekalon is also Kanekalon, but due to the colouring processes it takes on a higher heat resistance and texture, so some companies call it only by 'Jumbo Braid', its real name is Kanekalon K7 another product of the Kaneka corperation.  Diversity Hairs original Jumbo Braid range is made from this high heat Kanekalon K7.

    So what is this silkier high heat Kanekalon im getting elsewhere?  The wide range of colours of jumbo braid you are getting from other stores right now, that is tougher and silkier, is NOT kanekalon.  It is Henlon, a wig making fibre.  It has the same sort of toughness and heat resistance as the high heat Kanekalon, but has a smoother flatter, less dense texture.  It is still perfect for making dreads and braids, but sealing is best done with a damp cloth and straightening irons to get it hot enough to seal.  It will not shrink.  Occassionally it may be Kanekalon K7 with a coating to help it to tangle less.

    So where has all your hair gone if there isnt a shortage and who are you to say there isnt a shortage?  Fair question.  Diversity Hair has fast become the leader for Jumbo Braid in the UK and as a result we sell out quickly... we can restock and no sooner have we uploaded it, it's sold out before we can even announce we have it back. As with any business, we have spending limits on restocks and business bills to pay, so it's a balancing act.  However, we have both our own brand ranges and a new range of Henlon Hair on order and it should be arriving soon.

    Our Super Soft Brand is 100% Kaneka Corp Kanekalon sourced from an accredited manufacturer, which is why is fast becoming alot of our customers favourite ever brands of Jumbo Braid and sold out in record time!

    We apologise for you having to wait for the restocks, but once they are hear, we should have a rolling order with our suppliers and not see shortages in our store again.

    We are also a LONG established company with a reputation for honesty and being knowledgable.  We know our industry inside and out and will always give you the facts, so if you want to know something just ask us and we'll get you the answer :) There is NO KANEKALON SHORTAGE, in fact, more is coming and more new fibers available soon :)

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  • Handmade crafts – Less than minimum wage?

    That’s right, less than minimum wage, you read that right.

    ‘But why?’ I hear you cry ‘I got a quote for a bag/set of dreads/shoes/jewellery/cake/artwork, and it was extortionate, it would only cost them ‘X’ amount in materials!’.

    The above is something that crafters and hobbyists and self-employed individuals selling handmade items encounter all the time.  It’s not a fair comment to make and here’s why…

    When you buy an item in a supermarket or a chain store, you pay for (in most cases) a mass produced item, made in a factory, most likely overseas, which cost pence to make.

    When you buy from a crafter you pay for not only the materials, but their time, their skill, their experience, and most of all their love of what they do ensuring you get a lovely bespoke item.

    Let’s break it down a little.  A small business making synthetic dreads for a living.  They have to take into accounts their materials cost, their electric/water costs, their time (this is the big one), merchant fees if they take payment online, and also how much experience they have.

    If you have someone making dreads and materials cost them £30 for example, add around £5 for bills, and it takes them a total of 12 hours to make a set of dreads and they charge you £80, you’d think what’s wrong with that, that’s £45 profit.  Yes, it’s £45 for 12 hours work which works out at £3.75 a hour.  Would you work for that?

    A lot of crafters will take well over 12 hours to produce some truly exceptional work, and they are constantly met with ‘That’s too much’ comments when they give quotes.

    I am pleased to see that many trusted, well established, talented dreadmakers and crafters have now increased their prices to reflect the quality of their work.  Lets stand by their decision, afterall, if they cant afford to live on what they earn, they can no longer make beautiful hair for you or I, and that would be a terrible shame ;)

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