Hair weaves for men
Thanks to the miracle of modern science and one hair stylist on the lower East Side, luxurious locks once reserved for rockers and the covers of romance books can belong to just about any man.
Yes, New York City is now home to male hair extensions.
“Men come in wanting to achieve the look of Brad Pitt, but their hair is only halfway there, ” says celebrity hairstylist Adel Chabbi, who is known in the industry by his first name only. “Now they can get the other half instantly.”
Since opening earlier this year, Adel Atelier has attached hair extensions to nearly a dozen male clients, ranging in length from an inch to half a foot. Adel says many of his clients work in entertainment or fashion and are looking to stand out at auditions or have better presence on camera.
“Most men don’t even know this is an option, ” Adel says. “But if it works so well for women, why not men too? It’s a huge boost of confidence.”
Women’s hair extensions are as common as bangs these days. Adel served as a judge in the Miss Universe Pageant and claims 90% of contestants supplement their natural beauty with hair extensions. He also alleges Hillary Clinton relies on them. (A spokesman for the former secretary of state calls that assertion “Absolutely false.”)
But on men, they’re just starting to sprout.Bryan Pace for New York Daily News Adel Chabbi adds extensions to the hair of Delong Le at his salon on Orchard St.
Hair extensions are not a cure for male pattern baldness — customers need at least 6 inches of hair for the extensions to attach properly and look natural.
But for those with the prerequisite locks, extensions offer a way to dramatically change their looks, or perhaps live out ’80s rock-star fantasies, since they come pre-dyed in a rainbow of colors, from traditional black and blond to bright pink and neon green.
The process is simple. The hair comes in bundles with glue on one end. Adel heats the glue and affixes it to a client’s real hair. It doesn’t take long to finish a whole mane, letting guys step out of the chair in about an hour looking like modern-day Samsons.
“Everyone is always commenting on my hair and asking how long it took to grow, ” says Delong Le, 27, who doesn’t like ’fessing up about the provenance of his 6-inch extensions. “ ‘Oh, it took forever, ’ I tell them.”
Le is a theater student and believes he has gotten parts because casting directors like his cascading black hair, which, thanks to the extensions, reaches well past his shoulders.
Turns out, it’s not just a great look for guys who want to wear their hair down — extensions can also work as the male answer to updos.
“I’ve seen guys who have a mohawk and want to get it a little bit longer, so they put in extensions and it looks great, ” says Le.Bryan Pace for New York Daily News Delong Le shows off his finished look, which he calls a hit with casting directors.
Adel uses hair from the Great Lengths brand, which gets its locks from the Temple of Seven Hills in India, where devotees donate their manes, knowing they will be sold by the temple and the money will go to charity.
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Why do Black men hate hair weaves?
just wondering, and is that why you love us white women>
they don't.most black men prefer black women.you may not be white.