In a bid to monitor and regulate the quality of hair extensions sold to consumers the Zambia Bureau of Standards in conjunction with other agencies have drafted a standard for hair extensions specifications.
According to the draft, hair extensions will be classified into 3 broad categories including wigs, weaves and braids and hair pieces.
The scope of this Draft Zambian Standard prescribes the requirements and test methods for hair extensions for use on human beings.
The draft standard is also clear on the labeling and packaging.
The package shall be such that it allows the buyer or the consumer to clearly see the contents either wholly or partly. The hair extensions bundle shall be packed in suitable material or bags that will prevent damaging of the contents during normal handling, transportation and storage.
Bureau of Standards Head of Marketing and Public Relations Hazel Zulu has explained to 5fm Radio that the standard for hair extensions was prepared by the Cosmetics Technical Committee.
The hair extensions therefore, shall only be considered to comply with this standard if it complies with all the requirements of the standard.
The cosmetic industry and particularly the hair extensions sub-sector have significantly grown over the years, hence the need to ensure that a standard is put in place to bring rationality to the industry.
Interested and affected parties are request to collect the draft documents from Zabs Offices at Lechwe House, Freedom Way, South End, In Lusaka Offices to submit comments in writing or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. by 16th of January, 2017.