Hair On The Brain reader Jumbly sent me this mind-blowing AOL article on Brandi Irwin–the 28-year-old New Yorker who reportedly spends $47,000 a year on her hair. Keep in mind that the average woman spends roughly $50,000 on her hair over the course of her lifetime, so Brandi spends as much in one year as most women spend in their whole life!
The “former model” gets her hair done at Gemini 14 salon in New York City (LUCKY THEM) where she spends over $10,000 on her 24-inch hair extensions three times a year. Brandi gets her hair colored every six weeks at about $300 a session, plus twice a week blow-outs at $65 each, plus tips! She told the New York Post, “It’s my biggest expense, but it makes me feel beautiful. And I’ve worked hard for what I have.” (Er, her family worked hard. Brandi stated that her parents did some wise investing when she was younger in order to be able to afford fake hair 4eva!)
“Without the extensions people say, ‘Well, she’s cute,’” Brandi says. “You add all this hair and it puts a ‘Who is she?’ factor on me. Without the hair, I’m this normal average person. But with it, I walk around the corner, and it’s like there’s a wind machine on me. It’s like I’ve stepped off the pages of a centerfold.”
Other Gemini 14 clients agree. “If you want to look like a million dollars, you have to spend 10 grand,” stated 27-year-old makeup artist, Kate Bazazian. “If you spend 50 bucks, you’re going to look like you spent that.”
Well, it goes without saying Brandi looks insane with all that fake hair, but what do you think in general: do extensions add a who is she factor? And is the more you spend directly proportional to the better you look?