THE INVENTION OF HAIR EXTENSIONS

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Hair has always been a symbol of status from time immemorial. It was said that people who lost their hair in the early century would be so ashamed to reveal their baldness to the public. It was a big deal back then to conceal your baldness because apparently being bald made you lose the public’s trust. Although this belief has evolved over centuries of civilization as many people both men and women shave their hair or adorn a short hair and no one cares anymore. In fact, in some cases they are seen as an act of boldness and confidence. However, there was a time this was not the case. And those who suffered hair loss had to conceal it with something we now call hair extensions.

Hair extensions will remain an important part of human invention. It has served as a relic for every century since its invention. Every time period films have always been represented by costumes and the hair worn by the people during that time. However, there have been many misconceptions on the internet on where hair extensions originated from. Who invented hair extensions?

Well, hair extensions can be dated back to Ancient Egypt Empire. The Egyptians who lived as at that time discovered that they could use their hair to exhibit their age, wealth and religion. And so, the elite Egyptians used these hair extensions to depict their wealthy status in the society. They invented these extensions from dyed sheep’s wool. Some men even went as far as shaving their own beards to make wigs and clip in weaves, they attached them to their scalp using beeswax and resin. Both males and females used these hair extensions to amplify their beauty. It exuded their exclusivity; only the wealthier Egyptians could afford it. It was recorded that Queen Cleopatra wore these wigs in bright colours such as peacock blue. There were many colours worn by Ancient Egyptians like red and gold.

Hair extensions evolved in the 1700s in America and Europe. Powdered wigs were invented by the elites called Perukes. It was a popular wear by the nobles to cover up their baldness or to amplify their appearances.

Of course, African Americans also wore hair extensions. In fact, it was said that a black woman from Cleveland Ohio invented hair weaves for black women to attach to their short curls. Her name is Christina Jerkins. She invented the hair weaving process adopted now by many hair stylists across the world. Her process was patented in the 50s as a new innovation. She, alongside her husband who was a jazz musician Duke Jenkins, formed their company Christina Hair Weev in the early 1950s. She was paid by people in America and outside the country to demonstrate and teach them how to sew-in hair weaves onto their hair.

Hair extensions have evolved from sheep wools and powdered wigs into a multi-million industry. There are assortments of hair extension worn by men and women but mostly by women all around the world. Unlike the early centuries when only the wealthy people could afford them, hair extensions now come in various budgets which I think it is a good thing because why should you anyone not enhance their beauty regardless of their economic background.