Hollywood's Wigs and Weaves



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It's been well over two years since Britney Spears famously shaved off all her hair at a Tarzana, California salon, yet she's still sporting a very obvious weave. What gives? Unfortunately, once you get into the weave game, it's hard to get out...

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Dolly Parton says she saves time by wearing her huge blonde wigs: "I wear wigs all the time because it's just so handy, and to get my hair to stay bleached and teased and sprayed like I used to do, it's so damaging."



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Mickey Rourke is often spotted hanging out in knit caps, probably because hiding his weave tracks takes serious effort.


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In 2009, singer and actress Alicia Keys attended the Academy Awards wearing a chestnut brown wig. She has beautiful hair, so her reasons for doing so are unknown.

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Famed designer Betsey Johnson's unabashed hair extensions are all part of her quirky personal brand.


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In 2008, model Coco Rocha wore wigs to several different NYC events, trying to keep her bright red hair hidden until an editorial was released.


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Paris Hilton's actual hair is actually pretty short, but she frequently makes trips to the salon to maintain her Barbie-like hair extensions. Fortunately, she takes better care of her fake hair than a lot of other extension-ed stars.


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Fans of America's Next Top Model know that weaves are one of Tyra Banks' favorite topics of dicussion. The television personality and supermodel even devoted an episode of her talk show to discussing the relationship black women have with their hair.

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The late Michael Jackson was forced to start wearing wigs after his natural hair caught on fire while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984.


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Britney, no stranger to extensions and hair pieces, has been sporting a very obvious weave for over two years. The stress of the weave has probably damaged her natural hair, making it hard for new growth to take place.

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Beverly Johnson has her own line of lace wigs, for which she serves as a fantastic model.


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Tina Turner has probably done more for The Wig in the past century than any other person. The awesomeness cannot be topped.

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Cher has worn wigs of all shapes and sizes for the duration of her decades-long career. We tend to favor the looks that are unabashedly unnatural - that's a diva's way of keeping it real.


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In 2009, retired tennis pro Andre Agassi admitted that he wore a weave during the late 80s and early 90s, and that he experienced a major hairpiece malfunction on the evening before his first French Open. He tried to affix the hair back on his head with bobby pins, but remained terrified for the duration of the match: "I was praying not for the win, but for my hair to stay on." He lost.

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Either Rumer Willis spontaneously grew her hair in the span of two weeks, or she's the proud owner of a raspberry red weave.

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Bret MIchaels is never, ever spotted without his bandana. He claims that the producers of his reality show, Rock of Love, weren't pleased whenever he took it off- but it's more likely he's just hiding his weave tracks. He does, after all, have "the finest extensions Europe has to offer."

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Lily Allen has a fabulous shag haircut, but she also has a nice collection of over-the-top wigs. There's nothing like a fuschia mop to top off a lavender onesie.

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Victoria Beckham used to look much more like other footballers' wives, with her long, highlighted extensions. After tabloids gleefully printed pictures of the wear and tear her hair extensions were causing her scalp, the singer-turned-fashion designer chopped her hair into a trendy bob.

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John Travolta has never admitted to wearing a hair piece, but some of the odd looks he's sported over the years have led to plenty of speculation on the matter. Make Me Heal predicts that Travolta is wearing a hair system made with a fine mesh material (see the closeup of the hairline at right).


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In July 2009, Solange Knowles was spotted picking up her son with a completely shaved head. She later tweeted, "i. just. wanted. to. be. free. from. the. bondage. that. black. women. sometimes. put. on. themselves. with. hair." Regardless, it looked rad on her - and she's still rocking the look.

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It wasn't until Phil Spector was convicted of second degree murder that the public saw pictures of him without his wig - although it was pretty obvious he'd been wearing hair pieces for years.


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Rapper Nicki Minaj isn't exactly worried about looking all-natural. Her brightly colored wigs are often dyed to match her goofy accessories, if not her over-the-top false eyelashes. How much does she spend on adhesive each month?


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Kate Hudson has a history of wearing wigs in her films, and it looks like it'll be no different for The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Hudson was spotted covering up her famous golden locks under a curly brown wig.


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Anne Hathaway actually looked pretty fetching with a pixie cut on the set of her film One Day, but alas, the look was the work of an expert wigmaker. Still, most StyleBistro readers agree that Anne should experiment with short hair one of these days.


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When Lindsay Lohan went to prison in 2010, officials allowed her to keep her hair extensions in, as they were essentially sewn to her scalp. Most inmates are forced to remove theirs, but apparently Lindsay's are industrial strength.


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Rihanna goes through a lot of other people's hair each week as she constantly updates her look, and apparently it can get quite expensive. The singer's hairstylist, Ursula Stephen, reportedly charges around $4,000 a day to keep the Bajan singer's weaves in check.