Britney Spears’ Hair Extensions – A Cautionary Tale

Britney Spears’ Hair Extensions – A Cautionary Tale
August 15th, 2011

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Britney Spears before hair extensions

Britney Spears, like many celebrities, loves wearing hair extensions to add thickness and length to her hair, but unfortunately Britney is also the poster-child for absolutely horrible hair extensions. Not only can hair extensions look bad, they can actually ruin your hair, leaving you with permanent hair loss! Britney Spears is a cautionary tale to anyone thinking about getting hair extensions – while they might look great initially (well not in Britney’s case), they can leave you with less hair than you started with, permanent bald spots, and a receding hairline.

There are some hair extensions that are safer and gentler on your hair than other types, but I believe all of them carry the risk of causing permanent hair damage. It’s unfortunate because the people that can benefit the most from hair extensions (those with thin hair) also show the most dramatic signs of hair loss because they have less hair to cover bald spots that may later form. In this first picture you can see Britney Spears when she was first getting famous – she had average, fine hair, which was totally normal, yet not very pop star-ish. Unfortunately her transformation into a pop star also ruined her hair, probably permanently.

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In this photo, you can see Britney’s horrible hair extensions. With all of her money, you would think she would buy the best, most realistic extensions possible. I don’t get it. The only good thing about Britney’s extensions is that they probably scare a lot out people out of getting them and inadvertently ruining their hair permanently. A lot of celebs wear beautiful extensions, and you just assume they have naturally long, thick hair. Since Britney is the most famous celeb with extensions, I used to think all extensions looked this fake, which luckily deterred me from getting them.

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Wow. I don’t know what’s going on here. Even though I usually feel like my hair looks awful, it doesn’t look this bad.

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Here you can see Britney’s extensions on the top of her head. What sucks about having thin hair is that you need extra hair on the top of your head, but it’s hard to achieve invisible extensions. And even the best extensions can tug and pull and cause traction alopecia, especially in vulnerable areas like the top and front of your head.

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Here’s Britney sporting wefts of hair. Before I started I actually bought extensions like this to attach to my hair, but I never wore them. Note to self: don’t wear your hair in an updo when you have big clip-on pieces of hair attached to your head. This picture scared me out of wearing the extensions I bought. Even without wearing my hair up, I’d be afraid my thin hair wouldn’t be able to cover the extension seams.

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In this picture you can see Britney either has traction alopecia from wearing extensions, or a receding hairline that she’s trying to fill in with the extensions. Extensions are a double-edged sword because initially (when done right) they can make your hair look better, but then they cause hair loss, which you need to disguise with even more extensions, thus making your hair worse in the end.

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Here Britney Spears is wearing more of those weft hair pieces to fill in her balding areas. Unfortunately she doesn’t have enough hair to cover up the seams of the pieces of hair. You can also see her receding hairline and temples (which I have too, so Brit, you’re not alone).

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The picture on the left shows Britney’s thinning part (probably caused by hair extensions over-use).

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More pictures depicting Britney’s receding hairline and temples, and her thinning sides. I don’t know for sure if extensions caused her hair loss, but they most definitely contributed to it. When Britney went “crazy” and shaved her hair off that one time, everyone thought she really was crazy, and at the time I did too, but now I think the meltdown could have had something to do with her hair. Not a day goes by that I don’t want to put an end to my crappy hair, and just shave everything off. If enough stressful stuff happens to me, I will probably end up with clippers in my hands too.

These pictures illustrate bad hair extensions – probably the worst extensions you can get, so most people won’t end up looking like this if they choose to “enhance” their strands with extra hair. I’m not trying to be mean to Britney – it sucks that she is suffering from hair loss like the rest of us, and I would hate to be a celebrity and end up ruining my hair because I needed to wear extensions to enhance my image. Please let Britney Spears’ hair extensions serve as a warning to you. You may start out with average, thin hair, but hair extensions can cause permanent damage that can’t be disguised. There’s no easy solution because clip-on hair pieces can also damage your hair, and even wigs can cause a bit of traction alopecia. This is why I hate hair loss! What are your thoughts about Britney Spears and her hair extensions?

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  • tamra
    August 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

    WOW poor Britney! I am with you cause I never knew why her extensions were so bad. I think she does them herself. I remember when she was on the MTV music awards and she did her own hair and it looked really bad. I don’t like people touching my hair so maybe Britney feels the same way.

  • J
    September 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Wow, those are some pretty bad pics of poor Britney! I’ve always thought it would be hard to be a celebrity and in the public eye all the time, but it must be especially painful for her when she’s so obviously suffering from hair loss. :( At the time she shaved her head a few years ago I didn’t understand why the heck she would do such a thing, but my husband and I recently came to the same conclusion you did. I know I’ve thought about doing it! I get a lot of pain, irritation, and itching in my scalp right before I start shedding, so yeah it’s extremely tempting to pick up the old clippers… :/ Anyway, love the blog and thanks for sharing all of your tips and thoughts!

  • Kris
    October 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    There is no way she has AGA is there? I mean both of her parents have full heads of hair. It must just be major traction allopecia.

  • Samir
    November 17, 2011 at 3:18 am

    i think she can get better results if she gets some ayurvedic treatment

  • lola
    April 25, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Poor thing. I have shitty baby fine hair with a receding hairline and I can tell you it sucks balls. Gladly I never went the extensions route though, I just pile on the hairspray.

  • Liz
    December 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Wow, that’s just ridiculous, with all her money. I wear the Jon Renau “Haute” wig (a Jennifer Aniston style with a realistic “smart-lace” top) every day and it only costs me about $150 on sale. It’s synthetic so it bunches up a lot at the bottom and I replace it every six months or so. It’s heat-defiant, so I wash it weekly and then smooth out the frayed edges with anti-frizz solution and a large curling rod and that works fine. Why can’t Britney do the same? Weird.

  • JJ
    April 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    i wish everyone would leave her alone. She is surprisingly strong. I dont think any of us would have just shaved our heads as an ‘out’…most would have done worse. I really thing there is a hormone and thyroid issue. Wish I could get blood tests for her. There are alot of women with the hard physical and mental problems she faces. I wish her team would embrace it and help others. Alot of women are committing suicide over things like hair loss. *I* have nothing bad to say about her and wish her luck.

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