Kerling International was established in Backnang near Stuttgart in 1960 by Gustav Kerling. Initially the Kerlings operated a small contract processing operation with a handful of staff members. Within a short time they had managed to develop the company into a processing operation for hair. Shortly thereafter, they expanded their product range to include ready-made hair pieces, wigs and toupees. In recent years, Kerling International has been one of the leading providers of secondary hair.