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Extension Shaming: Why Stars Don’t Want People Knowing About Their Fake Locks

Instagram user comments about J-Lo, “If only she sang as nice as her extensions look”

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Extensions: the majority of celebs wear them, but few admit to it. While some stars such as Selena Gomez and Sofia Vergara have no problem being open about their fake locks, many are feel a sense of embarrassment and secrecy.

Hollywood hairstylist Priscilla Valles, who works with clients including Kylie Jenner, Christina Augilera, and Chrissy Teigen, says that around 97 percent of all female stars use extensions. Not just on screen, but in every day life as well.

Hairstylist Amie Jorgeson of Beverley Hills agrees. She says, “I would say wearing extensions all the time is the new normal. Most actresses and models wear them off set as well.”

Although it’s become so common, most actresses still don’t like to admit to the fact that they wear extensions. This is largely due to internet trolls – you can find some pretty harsh comments on Facebook and Instagram. Jennifer Lopez was recently mocked for one of her Instragram posts. The comment read, “If only she sang as nice as her extensions look.”

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Celebrity stylist Jen Atkin is standing up against “extension shaming” and encouraging women to fight the stigma by talking openly about their fake hair.

Valles points out, “When I started doing extensions 16 years ago, I was signing confidentiality agreements daily because no one wanted anyone to know they had them in,” she says. “Now, because of social media, people started being more open about beauty — but still, about half of my clients don’t want to go public.”

Stylist Kim Ferry, who has worked on the set of Pretty Little Liars says, “I think it’s OK if we’re throwing in some extra extensions just to thicken up hair a little bit because no one will really know. It’s not like we’re trying to trick anybody.”

How do you feel about extensions? Would you ever give them a try?


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