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THE HISTORY OF HAIR EXTENSIONS 

INVENTION OF HAIR EXTENSIONS 

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HAIR EXTENSIONS HAVE BEEN AROUND FROM AS EARLY AS 3400 BC IN ANCIENT EGYPT.

SHEEP'S WOOL WAS BRAIDED INTO THE HAIR.

 

THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS GAVE GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THIS BECAUSE THEIR HAIR WAS A CRUCIAL SYMBOL OF THEIR SOCIAL RANK AND MOST PEOPLE STRIVED FOR THICK, LUXURIANT LOCKS.

17TH CENTURY

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18TH CENTURY

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THE WIG CRAZE CONTINUED TO INTENSIFY IN THE 17TH CENTURY. ONE OF THE FIRST FAMOUS MEN TO WEAR A WIG WAS KING LOUIS XIII OF FRANCE, AND SOON AFFLUENT MEN BEGAN TO VIEW IT AS A STATUS SYMBOL. MEN'S WIGS WERE EMBELLISHED WITH PEARLS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS.

ANOTHER KING, THIS TIME KING LOUIS XIV OF FRANCE, ADVANCED THE USE OF WIGS. HE WOULD WEAR A WIDE VARIETY OF EXTRAVAGANT, BIG WIGS.

 

LOUIS XIV WOULD WEAR LONG HAIRPIECES MADE OUT OF HUMAN HAIR IN SEVERAL IMAGES.

20TH CENTURY

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BY THE 20TH CENTURY, WIGS HAD BECOME PRETTY COMMON FROM THE ELITE FEW TO THE MASSES, WIGS NOW ALLOWED EVERYONE TO EXPERIMENT WITH THEIR HAIRSTYLES AND COMPLEMENT THEIR NATURAL  HAIR.

THE 60's

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BIG HAIR, BEEHIVES, AND LONG, THICK HAIR—OFTEN ACCOMPLISHED WITH HAIR EXTENSIONS.

 

TO ADD MORE LENGTH AND VOLUME, MANY INDIVIDUALS CHOOSE CLIP-IN HAIR EXTENSIONS, OR THEY WOULD UTILISE PARTICULAR BEEHIVE HAIRPIECES. ARETHA FRANKLIN, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, AND BRIGITTE BARDOT ARE MULTIPLE  OF MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE THAT HAD THESE HAIR- STYLES.

THE 80's

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ANOTHER DECADE WITH ENORMOUS HAIR WAS THE 1980S! IF THE HAIR WASN'T BACKCOMBED AND PERMED, THERE'S LITTLE DOUBT THAT HAIR EXTENSIONS WERE USED TO PROVIDE ALL THAT VOLUME.

 

CELEBRITIES THAT WORE THE STYLE INCLUDE  THE LIKES OF: MADONNA, WHITNEY HOUSTON, DEMI MOORE, JULIA ROBERTS, STEVIE NICKS, AND WHITNEY HOUSTON

THE 90's

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BY THE 1990s, LONG LOCKS WERE IN DEMAND INSTEAD OF ABUNDANT HAIR, WHICH HAIR EXTENSIONS WERE IDEAL FOR CREATING. THE LONG, SLEEK HAIRSTYLE POPULARISED BY CELEBRITIES INCLUDING THE LIKES OF KATE MOSS, NAOMI CAMPBELL AND BRITNEY.

PRESENT TIME

HAIR EXTENSIONS HAVE COME A LONG WAY SINCE  THE ANCIENT EGYPT TIMES. TODAY'S HAIR EXTENSIONS COME IN A WIDE RANGE OF LENGTHS AND FASHIONS, INCLUDING CLIP-INS, TAPE-INS, KERATIN BONDS, AND MANY MORE.

 

HAIR EXTENSIONS, WHICH WERE FORMERLY SOLELY ACCESSIBLE TO ROYALTY, ARE NOW UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE.

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