How many celebrities wear hair extensions? Short hair included!
That said, Sturdivant-Drew and Valles think the veil is starting to lift, thanks in large part to Instagram. When celebrities post photos from an event, they increasingly tag their popularizers along with the rest of their “glam squad” members, such as their makeup artist and stylist. “It’s their way of saying, it’s really not me; I borrowed that hair,” says Sturdivant-Drew. “It’s a bit like playing dress up.”
What types of extensions do celebrities use?
For some celebrities, however, having hair extensions is like having their toes pedicured perpetually — Valles says that for about half of her clients, it’s part of general upkeep. (The other half seek out extensions for special occasions, like performances or photoshoots.) In this case, Valles says she primarily uses individual keratin bonding extensions, a line she co-created. with Glam Seamless. (We also like the ones from Great Lengths and Bellami.)
Keratin extensions are “considered the Rolls Royce of extensions,” says Valles. “They move and flow so naturally because [the bonding point] is the width of a grain of rice. You’re basically building a wig over your head. Valles says she’ll often use multiple colors on a single client: for example, Chrissy Teigen’s multi-dimensional locks require six different shades of hair.
This type of extension lasts six to eight weeks and requires the skills of a trained professional to apply and remove – but there are also more temporary options for building volume. Sturdivant-Drew loves clips, like those from her own line, TSD Hair. (We’re also fans of The Hair Shop and Luxy Hair.) To apply them, she suggests teasing the hair at the roots section by section, then clipping in the extensions (which come with snaps that look like tiny combs) as you go. To help them blend seamlessly with your natural hair, leave out the hairline and the natural part.
If you like the look, Valles recommends bringing your clips to your next hair appointment so your stylist can cut them to frame your face. If you’re using multiple clips versus one large piece, just be sure to label the inside of each section (center left, front right, etc.) so you know where to place them, she says.
And if you feel weird talking to your stylist about it, try to remember that you’re far from alone. “The more we normalize extensions as additional hair accessories, or as coloring your hair, the better it is for everyone,” Valles says. “So many women are insecure about their hair. [They should know that] a lot of people in the public eye who are known to have the “best” hair really have their heads full of extensions.”
This article originally appeared on Allure.