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The rap world is mourning the senseless death of East Coast drill rapper Pop Smoke, who was probably more recognized for his signature braid extensions than for his music. Police are hunting four gunmen who broke into the 20-year-old rapper's Hollywood Hills rental and shot him to death early Wednesday. The motive is unknown.
 

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Rapper Jay-Z began wearing hair units years ago when his own hair started thinning. The 50-year-old rap mogul reportedly dyes his gray hair black to match the custom hair pieces he wears. We wonder what Beyonce thinks about her old man taking his hair units off at night like she does.
 

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West Coast rapper Tyga is credited with starting the braid extensions trend among rappers. Male celebrities have long worn hair pieces and wigs to cover their bald spots, but Tyga took it to a whole new level.
 

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Rapper Fetty Wap got called out on social media for rocking fake dreadlocks a few years ago. He eventually removed his male unit and grew his own dreads long.
 

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Singer Chris Brown wore a cute male unit when his hairline started to push back in 2015. His custom units included fake dreadlocks that lasted for about 2 weeks.
 

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There's no shame in rapper Offset's hair game. He is well-known for rocking braid and dreadlocks extensions in his hair. Someone should tell him you can't switch from braids to dreadlocks and back again.
 

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People forget when singer Jason Derulo wore fake dreadlocks back in 2017. He didn't fool anybody back then, but he did bamboozle millions of female fans with that fake peen pic last year.
 

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Rapper Rich Homie Quan was repeatedly called out on social media for wearing hair extensions after he skyrocketed to fame as one of the first SoundCloud rappers. He wears his real hair cut in a short fro now.
 

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For some reason, NBA star Iman Shumpert thought he could get away with wearing braid extensions after rocking a hightop fade a month earlier. Hair doesn’t grow from high top fade to long dreadlocks overnight.

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Kenya Moore is back at it again. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star takes great pride in her long, glorious hair weave which she claims as her own hair. At age 48, Kenya is an inspiration to young women who believe they, too, will have waist length hair when they approach 50.

Unfortunately, things are never as they seem. Kenya, 48, took offense to fellow cast member Marlo Hampton saying she wears wigs.

In response, Kenya posted a video in which she claims all of that lustrous hair is growing out of her scalp.

Granted, her stylist did a great job installing her wig unit, but it's very difficult to blend thin hair into a lacefront and pass it off as your own.

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Here is an image from the video that clearly shows the line where Kenya's thin hair is blended into the wig. Look at the hair above her ear.

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If you still can't see it, here is another image where you can see the difference in texture and color of her real hair verses the wig. I lightened the thin, wispy hair over her ear so you can see the change in texture at the demarcation line.

Now watch the video again. Notice that her stylist parts her hair at that exact line above her ear where the wig begins.

Then Kenya pulls her hair back from her face to reveal her jagged edges and the thinning hair over her ear.

No 48-year-old woman has thick, jet black hair down to her butt. Even Stevie Wonder can see that's a wig.

Do better Kenya.

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Mayvenn is offering to pay for your next hair extensions install! Mayvenn was founded in 2013, thanks to investors like Serena Williams.

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Mayvenn was created in 2013 by Diishan Imira, who, at the time was selling hair out of his car. Now, the brand is working with more than 50,000 hairstylists in communities of color.

Visit this link for more information.
 

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Welcome Ciara to Team Natural. The Seattle homemaker and part-time entertainer showed off her natural hair in a video uploaded to her Instagram account on Sunday. The 33-year-old mom-of-2 has worn bundles of hair weave and lacefront wigs since her career launched with her hit single "Goodies" in 2004.

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unclockable

un•clock•a•ble (uhn-klok-uh-buhl) adjective
1. A complimentary word used to describe a MTT (male-to-trans) individual whose feminine appearance is convincing.

 

Alonzo Arnold is the go-to-stylist for hair weaves in Atlanta. According to Respect-mag.com, he is the youngest of three children raised by working class parents in East Atlanta.

Alonzo is best known for building custom wigs with virgin hair extensions such as the stunning unit he is modeling in the above photo.

Alonzo works out of his downtown salon or in your home by appointment only.

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Beyonce hair weave

The debate still rages over an image of Beyonce posted by her mother Tina Lawson, who at 66 can troll with the best of 'em!

Ms. Tina captioned an Instagram photo of Beyonce standing in a bedroom-sized closet: "INCHES!!!! So happy my baby's hair grew back !! She is going to get me."

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While researching the appropriate age for hair weave, I came across an article by Briana McCarthy on Essence.com.

McCarthy recalls seeing a young girl at her son's school, wearing really long hair weave. She wondered if the hair weave wasn't doing damage to the young girl's self-esteem (not to mention her edges).

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Christina Milian and Violet

Singer-turned-reality TV star Christina Milian responded to criticism about her 5-year-old daughter Violet Nash's excessive hair weave on Instagram.com.

Milian took Violet to meet her bestie Zendaya Coleman at the Inaugural World AIDS Day Benefit on Tuesday night.

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Rachel Dolezal

When former NAACP president Rachel Dolezal spoke with NBC Today's Matt Lauer about her transracial orientation on Tuesday, most viewers wondered how she got her Caucasian hair to behave like black hair. The answer is simpler than you thought.

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Rihanna steps out in NYC

It looks like Bajan singer Rihanna joined the Team Real Hair revolution. The 27-year-old singer stepped happily out of Tracie Martyn salon in NYC wearing a new hairdo! Rihanna apparently discarded her hair weave for her own dyed hair which she wore in a short bob. It must be nice to feel the wind blowing on her scalp for once. Rihanna styled herself in a mini skirt, boots and white t-shirt that says "School Kills".
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Zendaya Out with Dad Days After Giuliana Rancic Dreadlock Comment on Oscar Night

Former Disney star Zendaya Coleman has apparently learned the hard way that she shouldn't wear fake dreadlocks extensions just because her father wears dreads. Contrary to popular belief, dreadlocks are not a fashion statement. Dreadlocks are a symbol of spiritual growth and should not be taken lightly by Americans.

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Beyonce and Jay Z in NYC SPL

Power couple Beyonce and Shawn "Jay Z" Carter-Knowles arrived at a friend's residence on a rainy Monday night in NYC. Beyonce wore a neon pink suit and wet-and-wavy hair extensions while her aging husband Jay-Z wore a camel shearling collar overcoat.

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Riqua Hailes

You are probably among the millions of black women who buy your hair weave extensions from a salon, beauty supply store, or out of the trunk of a car. It's no surprise that beauty supply stores that cater to black women are the #1 importers of hair weave from China.

But have you ever stopped to wonder where your hair weave extensions come from?

After noticing inconsistencies in the hair extensions she purchased for her clients, Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions hair extension bar in Los Angeles, decided to go on an odyssey to Asia to see for herself where the hair comes from.

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Tameka Harris and Shekinah Jo

Reality TV stars Tameka Harris and her sidekick Shekinah Jo stopped by the set of The Real to promote their spin-off reality TV show, Tiny & Shekinah's Weave Trip. The show is popular in the ratings -- not surprisingly due to the fact that black women of all ages wear hair weave to cover their own African hair.

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TBWFall14

Pop singer Beyoncé covers the Fall 2014 issue of Today’s Black Woman Style Report, a beauty and celebrity hair style guide for women of color.

Beyonce graces the cover wearing her signature blond lacefront wig -- a look that is highly favored by her fans so she returns to it often.

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Racist casting call

Universal Pictures is casting black girls for its film Straight Outta Compton, a biopic which documents the rise of rap supergroup N.W.A.

The casting call by Sande Allesi Casting, which reflects the target audience of the movie, grades the women by skin color and whether they wear weave and extensions. "Fine" LSLH women (light skinned with long hair) are graded A/B, while dark skinned women who wear hair weave are graded C/D. Naturally the weave wearers are outraged by the degrading implications of the casting call.

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NeNe and Greg Leakes talk love and marriage on 'Access Hollywood Live' on location in Rockefeller Center Plaza in NYC

RHOA star NeNe Leakes, 46, and her husband Greg Leakes (not shown) talked love and marriage on 'Access Hollywood Live' on location in Rockefeller Center Plaza in NYC today. NeNe apparently heard all your complaints about her ill-fitting blond lacefront wigs.
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Beyonce new wig

Beyonce continues to experiment with new ways of reinventing herself to keep herself relevant in today's headlines.

After fooling her fans with a short lacefront wig a while back, Beyonce appeared onstage early Wednesday during the Adelaide, Australia stop of her Mrs. Carter World Tour sporting a new blond wig -- one that has her Stans enraged.

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Pastor Bans Hair Weaves in His Church

A Waco, Texas pastor is making waves for giving a fiery speech about the women in his flock. Pastor A.J. Aamir has grown wary of looking out over his congregation at Resurrecting Faith Church and seeing a sea of Yaki hair weave.

"Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I'm saying," Pastor A.J. Aamir told AmericaPreachers.com.

Pastor Aamir isn't the only one who thinks hair weave is associated with black women who have low self-esteem because they can't grow hair like other races. But it is probably the first time that a notable preacher has spoken publicly about the "false image" of wearing hair weaves.

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