Until recently I had no idea that pop singer Jessie J regularly wears wigs – and she wears them to prevent hair loss! Did you know she wears wigs? When I saw Jessie J for the first time, I was jealous of her perfect, thick black bob, but I had great hair at age 24 too, so it didn’t dawn on me that she could be wearing a wig. I am sort of shocked that Jessie J had me fooled for the past year, and even though her trademark black bob doesn’t have the most realistic looking part, I just figured she had naturally thick hair. I had also never seen her with any other hairstyles, and that would have clued me into the fact that she wears wigs!
In the May 2012 issue of Glamour magazine, I was shocked to see Jessie J sporting her natural hair, and I was shocked she talked about hair loss! A female celebrity talking about hair loss? That’s almost unheard of (although Lady Gaga has recently admitted her hair is falling out too – from over-bleaching it).
Here’s what Jessie J says about her hair in Glamour:
Glamour: You wear a lot of wigs, right?
Jessie J: It’s so tough to explain to people. When you have half an hour to be ready at four o’clock in the morning, you don’t have time to get up and glue in extensions or blow-dry your hair. A hairdresser who did my hair said, “You, my darling, have something that we call ‘successful’ hair,” which is basically battered hair that’s split and falling out in the back because you’ve had to blow-dry it every day. I don’t want my hair falling out, so I wear wigs!
So while Jessie J doesn’t exactly admit to having ongoing hair loss, to me her thinning hair is kind of obvious in the pictures of her in Glamour. I guess I feel bad for saying that since she doesn’t mention the hair loss I see on her (in the front and on the sides). And the wearing wigs to prevent hair loss thing is interesting to me. I know a lot of celebrities (like Julianna Margulies on The Good Wife) wear wigs to prevent having to spend hours styling their hair every day while on set. But I am paranoid that if I wear a wig every day it will start to tug at my real hair and cause traction alopecia, but maybe if I find the right wig it won’t be an issue.
So let’s take a closer look at Jessie J and her different hairstyles and wigs:
This is one of Jessie J’s pictures from Glamour magazine. She’s wearing hair extensions or a clip-on ponytail in the back, but you can see her receding hairline in the front.
Here you can see her thinning hair on the sides at the temples – Jessie J, I have the same exact thing happening too.
Here’s another shot of her natural hair.
Here is Jessie J performing without a wig.
Here she is in her trademark wig, which I totally thought was her real hair!
I love the color of this purple wig!
I’m not sure if this is the same purple wig, or a different one, but it looks a lot more realistic. I would love to wear a wig like this! And she’s wearing a Swatch watch – I love Swatches!
This is a cool looking long wig with a technicolor ombre thing going on.
Another two-toned wig – this time in red.
I love this blue color, but why do crazy colored wigs always have to have such fake parts? This looks like a Katy Perry wig – or other crazy celeb wigs.
Jessie J sporting her real hair, but with clip-on bangs (and probably a clip-on ponytail too).
I think this is Jessie’s real hair, plus extensions, but I’m not sure.
Again this looks like Jessie’s real hair, worn down with waves, but I don’t know for sure.
I’ve really liked Jessie J, ever since I first saw her performing her song “Mamma Knows Best” on Saturday Night Live last year. I’m happy that she’s comfortable talking about her hair and the issues celebrities face when it comes to their hair. And I love that she’s not afraid to talk about wearing wigs. Every celebrity that admits to wearing hair makes it that much easier for us thinning non-celebs to gain cultural acceptance. On a side note, when Jessie broke her foot last year and was told she would never be allowed to wear high heels again, a friend of mine was so devastated for her. At the time I didn’t know she had hair issues, so I thought – who cares because at least she has tons of hair! Now I feel doubly bad. Well at least she has money, and a lot of talent!
Do you have any opinions about Jessie J’s hair, wigs, and possible hair loss? Do you like her music?