Requiring the most maintenance of any hair trend, super long locks have long been a celebrity favorite. Why? Ultra-long lengths signal a life of leisure – it’s akin to wearing your status proudly, like a peacock displaying its feathers. Rapunzel-like tresses have graced the heads of many celebrities, but we’ve noticed an uptick in recent years thanks in large part to hair extensions. As for who is responsible for this trend? We think it has something to do with today’s birthday girl, Cher.
This style chameleon, who turns 74 today, has sported everything from a voluminous perm to a spiky pixie crop during a pop career that’s spanned more than 50 years, but she’s perhaps most famous for the glossy long locks that she rocked in the 60s and 70s. In fact, Cher still holds sartorial major influence over modern-day celebrities like Kim Kardashian.
From contouring makeup to (briefly!) convincing us that cycling shorts work as a fashion choice, Kim Kardashian is a trendsetter in her own right. However, she’s quick to credit Cher – a fellow Armenian-American – as her style icon. She even dressed up as the beloved songstress for Halloween.
Jerry Hall’s signature long, golden locks (and equally long legs) cemented her supermodel status back in the 70s. Now 63, Hall still has a lustrous mane of hair, although it isn’t quite as long as in her modeling heyday.
One of the original 90s supermodels and the first black woman to grace the cover of French Vogue, Naomi Campbell made waves in the fashion industry, strutting her stuff on the catwalks with waist-length, poker-straight hair swishing behind her. The model – now nearly 50 – has worn a variety of wigs and weaves throughout her career, recently admitting that she has suffered hair loss as a result of using extensions.
Nicki Minaj made headlines after debuting her natural waist-length locks at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards – and the hip-hop star took things a step further the following year, with strands that reached down to her calves. The self-appointed ‘Barbie of rap’ has also worn uber-long extensions in just about every color of the rainbow during some of her performances.
Almost as famous for her three-foot long ponytail as her angelic singing voice, Ariana Grande has rarely been seen without this sleek and stylish updo since she burst onto the music scene in 2011. The singer revealed in a Facebook post that she began using extensions after repeatedly dyeing her hair for an acting role left the ends of her long tresses damaged, but says she has grown to love her signature style.