A Quick Peek at the History of Hair Extensions

Models as Marie Antoinette holding small terrier dog, with male partner. In grounds of a mansion in Cannes, Cote d'Azur, France

We at La Crowne are always amazed by all things hair. We want to know everything there is to know about hair, hair extensions, hairstyles, trends, and more. We follow the hottest celebrities and trendsetters and we check out the styles of icons from the past as well.

Naturally, we’ve been curious about the history of our favourite accessory today – hair extensions! And because we know you’re curiosity is now piqued, too, we want to share the story with you.

Elegant Egyptians

We all know ancient Egyptians are super stylish. Remember Cleopatra? Well, it was not just the royalty. Ancient Egyptians, in general, valued appearance and were always looking for ways to achieve the perfect look. Their appearance also said a lot about their status. For instance those higher up in their society, including Pharaohs and wealthy families wore wigs and hair weaves. Those wigs were worn not only by women but also men and even children. Those hair pieces were made of human hair and dyed sheep’s wool which were attached by sewing into knots of the wearer’s own hair.

The Big Wigs

During the 18th century, King Louis XIV of France was considered the biggest trend-setter. When his hair started to thin out he had a team of wig-makers to create large and long wigs for him to save his majestic look. As paintings and historical movies show, men wore big wigs and that’s probably to hide balding and greying of hair, which come with age. Additionally, men also wore wigs to flaunt their status. It’s most probably where the phrase “big wig” came from! During the 18th and 19th centuries, wigs were made from hair collected from women from the working classes or those considered poor.  Real hair wigs were expensive, even amounting to a week’s worth of wages!

Beautiful Beehive

When the topic is about hair during the ‘60s, nothing can bump the beehive from first place. This was achieved with fake hair attached to a hairband. During this period long hair extensions were not that popular as people thought them to be quite expensive.

‘90s Girl Power

The masses gained reach of hair extensions during the ‘90s when clip-in hair extensions have become more widely available. Specifically, coloured hair pieces were really popular, especially in the shades of pink and blue. During this time, we see hair extensions in supermodels like Tyra Banks and famous girl groups like Spice Girls.

Today’s Trend

Unlike celebrities from the past who were known from their trademark hairstyles like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, stars of today love to rock different hairstyles at every event they go to. And we, the public, have finally realized that the magic behind the incredible changes not only in the hairstyles but also the hair length are hair extensions. As experts like La Crowne make premium hair extensions like La Crowne Fusions and La Crowne Clip & Go available to everyone, more and more women get to enjoy luxuriously beautiful Remy hair extensions. Of course, La Crowne extensions are not just for special occasions but they’re also perfect for adding length and volume to enhance your daily look.

It’s amazing how much wigs and hair extensions have been a part of our lives for hundreds of years now. It makes us wonder how they’ll continue to evolve in the coming years. Well one thing’s for sure – La Crowne will still be there to bring you the highest quality hair extensions.