For the past few years, the house of Balmain has been enjoying a major fashion moment. But until today, I had no idea that it dabbled in hair as well. Balmain Hair comprises a range of hair extensions that has been around for more than four decades. Who knew?
While Balmain's clothing is made in France, the hair extensions are sourced in Southeast Asia. There, growing and cutting long hair for extensions has become a multimillion dollar industry. Now available in the States at Francky L'Official salon in New York, the extensions are less likely to be an instantly recognizable status symbol than Balmain's wide-shouldered jackets are — but then again, only the hair comes with a six-month guarantee.