The Surprising Story Behind Your Hair Extensions

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Anyone who’s impulsively run to a stylist with a picture of Michelle Williams’ pixie can understand the agony of growing out your hair. Or, maybe too many hours of watching E! red carpet coverage have given you envy of celebs’ ample manes.

Whatever the cause of your need to super-size your strands, nothing offers instant gratification like hair extensions. But, did you know that there’s a long, interesting journey behind them? Before you put an end to your short-hair saga, find out the long, strange trip your extensions have taken — and what you need to be aware of before heading to the salon (this time with a photo of Blake Lively, not Michelle Williams).