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Searching for chemical to apply to hair

  1. Jun 24, 2011 #1
    Hi,

    We sell hair products; both synthetic and human hair. Sometimes the customer will cut the hair and then say the hair was too short and request a refund, discount or exchange. We are searching for a safe chemical that we can apply to the ends of the hair so we know if the customer has cut it or washed it out. We're thinking about something that is only visible under an ultravilot light, but we are open to other options as well.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. Jun 24, 2011 #2

    berkeman

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    Welcome to the PF.

    Why not just take a picture of the hair and the customer? Or do some other type of documentation that makes it clear what you sold them?
     
  4. Jun 24, 2011 #3
    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately that's only a solution when you're selling a few wigs per week, but not feasible when selling hundred or more wigs per week and need a scalable solution.
     
  5. Jun 24, 2011 #4

    berkeman

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    Wigs don't have size numbers? (sorry for my lack of knowledge).

    So you are looking for a treatment for the ends of the hair that can be detected easily with some simple desktop test?
     
  6. Jun 24, 2011 #5
    No worries. No, there are no sizes sewn into wigs and the hair extensions of course have no place to sew them in. Even if we had the vendors whom we source them from sew tags with sizes into the wigs there would still be situations where the customer may wash the hair. Essentially they cannot alter the hair in any manner if they want a refund on it. This includes cutting it, washing it, spraying conditioner in it, etc. Therefore, we would like to put a chemical on the hair that is either visible or not to the human eye that would easily let us know if the wig or hair extension has been altered.
     
  7. Jun 25, 2011 #6

    Borek

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    First hit when you google for UV dyes: http://www.riskreactor.com/Fluorescent_Dyes/Fluorescent_Dyes_Main.htm [Broken]
     
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