I remember last year when Jennifer Aniston’s extensions were looking obvious. It surprised me, because up to that point I’d assumed that Aniston’s trademark hair was all natural. (And I’ll be honest, I coveted her hair.) After a while, though it was just looking too full and fake. It wasn’t Lindsay Lohan levels of fake hair, but you could tell she was using pieces. Well Aniston chopped off her hair to a shoulder length bob in February. She’s been growing it out ever since. Her longtime hairdresser, Chris McMillan, did an interview with Allure afterwards explaining the new look, and he sort-of suggested that she’d had extensions, but didn’t say it outright. He said Aniston’s old look was played out. “But The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills all have that [hair style]. You know what I mean… They all have that natural, piecey hair. It’s nice to take the extensions out of the hair and do something more natural.”
Now Aniston has confirmed that she had extensions and that they were damaging her hair. This sounds like a throwaway comment until you realize how much press it’s going to get her. She told Instyle “The real reason I cut my hair? My real hair was getting thinned out again from all the extensions. It was starting to look fake.”
That’s true, Aniston’s hair was looking fake. I think her decision to cut it had more to do with McMillan’s influence though. He very clearly told Allure why he wanted to take Aniston’s hair in that direction: it was the upcoming trend in fashion and hair, and he wanted his client to be a leader, not a Real Housewife follower. Kaiser thought that Aniston might be selling out her hairdresser with that extensions comment, but I get the impression that they’re on the same page and that he’s the one who convinced her that her hair was looking phony.
The thing is, Aniston’s hair has been reverting back to her long piecey look from 2010. Here she is in October of this year at an Elle event. I’m thinking she has extensions yet again here, and that she really prefers this style. We heard rumors that she thought she looked like a soccer mom with that hair. Those stories were probably accurate, since she didn’t keep that bob style for a hot minute.
I did a forensic analysis of Aniston’s hair earlier this year, where I found photos of her with and without the extensions prior to the big chop. You can see those photos at that earlier story, and here are a couple of her with the long obvious extensions.
So the verdict is that she’s still using extensions, but they’re more subtle and not as fake-looking as they were before. I prefer her hair longer, not the super long style but the look she’s sporting now. She probably does too, since she keeps returning to that style. She knows what works for her. This story makes me fantasize about how awesome it would be to have a hair guy with me every day, a BFF who would gossip with me and make me look gorgeous.