Hair without harm: U-M graduates use invasive plant species to create healthier extensions

October 27, 2020

Crains Detroit September, 2020

Two recent University of Michigan graduate students are aiming to reinvent synthetic hair extensions without plastic, in a way that puts an invasive species to productive use.

Jannice Newson and Nana Britwum have just created their first prototype of a synthetic hair made specifically for Black women that is plant-based and biodegradable.

Their company, Lillian Augusta, is about “hair without harm” — to the environment and wearer. “Our hair is going to have the characteristics people desire from synthetic braiding hair,” Newson said, “without the harm, the discomfort, and the plastic pollution.”

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