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Celebrity Hair Extension Fails: Stars’ Worst Malfunctions When Lengthening Their Locks


Bad hair extensions can happen to anyone, including celebrities. That was evidenced when the biggest of A-list stars — Angelina Jolie — attended a glamorous red carpet premiere with waist length hair extensions that weren’t blended into her natural locks.


As a result, there was a defined line of demarcation halfway down the actress’ back where her real hair ended and the extensions began. It was so noticeable that fans flooded Twitter demanding to know who wronged Angelina’s locks. Many were surprised that she was cleared to walk down the carpet with such a noticeable hair extension flub.


Angelina’s hair extensions fail was rare in that it happened on the red carpet of a major premiere in front of so many photographers, as she posed in Rome on October 24 to promote her new film, Eternals. But many other stars have had hair extension malfunctions in less high-profile settings.

Britney Spears has worn long hair extensions throughout her career. But over the years, she’s seemed to take less care in hiding them. The singer has been photographed on numerous occasions with the extensions visible from the top of her scalp, as well as underneath her locks. She tends to pull her hair up into loose buns, which expose the wefts holding her hair extensions.


At one point Britney famously shaved her head in 2007, ridding herself of her long, brunette hair extensions that had become so entangled. But once her locks started growing back in, the “Toxic” songstress once again turned to ways to make her tresses appear much longer.


For some stars, hair extensions were a way of keeping their locks when they began falling out. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith was snapped in 2016 with bald spots underneath hair extensions giving her long braids. Several years later, Jada revealed on her Facebook Live series, Red Table Talk, the heartbreak of losing her hair.


During a 2018 episode of the talk show, Jada revealed, “It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh my god, am I going bald?’”


“It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear,” she continued, adding, “Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual, and having the choice to have hair or not. And then one day to be like, ‘Oh my god, I might not have that choice anymore.’”


After consulting numerous doctors and specialists, Jada couldn’t get an explanation for her hair loss. “I’ve gotten every kind of test there is to have,” she explained. “They don’t know why.” As a result, she stopped using hair extensions and got her locks cut short, eventually shaving her head altogether in 2021 and looking so fierce!

ANGELINA JOLIE

The actress’ waist-length extensions weren’t blended into her natural hair as she hit the red carpet in Rome for the premiere of Eternals on October 24, 2021.

BRITNEY SPEARS

Britney has had longtime issues with not trying to hide her hair extensions. They were visible all along the side of her head when she pulled her locks up into a messy bun while taking her niece to a Los Angeles area dance studio on October 10, 2015.

BETSEY JOHNSON

The iconic fashion designer’s extensions were visible atop her head along her root line as she attended the Max Mara opening party of The Whitney Museum in New York in April 2015.

COURTNEY LOVE

The singer’s hair extensions were visible and noticeably messy as she attended the Marc Jacobs New York Fashion Week show in 2007

LADY GAGA

Lady Gaga may have shaved the back part of her head during a 2013 outing in West Hollywood. But when she put her locks in a bun atop her head, the hair extension were visible.

NICOLE RICHIE

Nicole had noticeable long light blonde extensions put in her hair, as she was seen leaving a Los Angeles salon in October 2011.

JADA PINKETT SMITH

Jada’s braid extensions didn’t cover up open areas on her scalp, as she attended the CinemaCon in Las Vegas in April 2016. However, the actress later revealed on her Facebook Live series, Red Table Talk, in 2018 that she had a condition that caused her to suffer from hair loss. As a result, Jada took to wearing her hair shorter and eventually shaved her head in July 2021.

FERNE MCCANN

British model and TV presenter Ferne arrived at ITV studios in London in February 2016 with her hair pulled up in a bun atop her head. As a result, her hair extensions along the sides of her head were completely visible.

CELEBRITY HAIR EXTENSION FAILS

The former American Idol judge’s long extensions on the back of her head were visible thanks to a gust of wind as she left a salon in 2006.


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