The fever pitch of celebrity culture in the age of social media has had dramatic, far-reaching effects on our society as a whole. One of the many repercussions of pop culture’s diffusion into everyday life? The rise of hair extensions as a way for women to get the same long, full-bodied tresses of the stars.
But as celebrity culture gives, so does it take away. For notorious “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, the start of her 15-month prison sentence at Connecticut’s Danbury Correctional Facility was met with both the surrender of her freedom and the surrender of her hair extensions.
According to The Gloss.com, hair extensions aren’t permitted in prison, no matter how famous the prisoner. Giudice, who was convicted on charges of bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion, among other things, may eventually have access to haircuts and color — but only if she displays good behavior.
“Teresa has worn clip-in hair extensions for years, because her hair has been thinning, especially around her hairline,” a source told InTouch magazine. “The clip-in hair extensions allow her to make her hair look fuller, and it’s not that expensive.”
Giudice shouldn’t worry too much, however. There’s a good chance she won’t be serving her full sentence, anyway. Giudice’s release date has been set for February 2016 — two months less than her original sentence’s terms. The release date might inch back even more, as Giudice’s attorney, James L. Leonard Jr., has said he hopes to get his client home “sometime before Christmas.”
In the meantime, Giudice will have no choice but to keep paying the ultimate price for committing bankruptcy fraud and a slew of other financial crimes — living behind bars without her beloved hair extensions. Let’s hope her fellow inmates are more sympathetic to the plight of rich women than the characters on the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black.
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