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Vegan barrister wigs made from hemp could break a 200-year-old tradition of using horsehair. 

Pupil barrister Samuel March shared a prototype of the cruelty-free wig on Twitter, describing it as a ‘world’s first’. 

The 29-year-old added: “0 percent horsehair, 100 percent vegan friendly. What do we think? Will it pass in court?”

Vegan barrister wigs

The 100 percent biodegradable wigs will retail at around £650. Its horsehair counterparts can cost up to £700. Reports say March received 20 requests for orders just one day after unveiling the product. 

According to the Telegraph, Ivy & Normanton, the UK’s first legal outfitter for women, says it’s ‘keen to stock the product’.

‘Will it pass in court?’

‘A sacred uniform’

Founder Karlia Lykourgou told the publication: “There’s definitely a positive conversation to be had and we are interested.

“I’ve actually been shown a synthetic wig and it does not have the same quality as a horsehair wig. The legal garb that we wear is significant and it means something. 

“We don’t want to dilute the quality of this garb that we wear, it’s a sacred uniform and it takes a lot to get there. A hemp wig sounds like it might have a similar quality to horsehair, there’s certainly a conversation to be had.” 

‘Makes the Bar more sustainable’

Moreover, on Twitter, the organization said: “The first hemp vegan wig has been developed! We think anything that makes the Bar more sustainable and allows people to express their personality and beliefs is a good thing.

“What do you think? Would you be prepared to pay the same as a horse hair wig or more for it?”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.