Can Hair Extensions Damage Your Hair?

They are ever-popular and can help you have the long locks you’ve always wanted but too impatient to grow, but are hair extensions good for your hair? Many people may consider getting hair extensions but are confused by the many different types and techniques available with some having more long-term effects than others. Here, we’ll look at why people do choose hair extensions over naturally growing their hair and if this stylish habit can cause more harm than good.

Thinning Hair or Lack of Regrowth

As hair extensions can give you instant long hair, this can be a huge benefit for those who struggle to grow their hair naturally. A cause of this can just be down to your genetics, meaning your natural hair is much thinner compared to other people. Another can be in the form of hair loss such as Alopecia, where the condition can cause hair to fall out in patches on your head. One solution some people may try is using hair extensions that can cover these areas. However, those who experience hair loss in this manner may want to consider more permanent solutions such as a specialist hair transplant in Turkey to provide long-term regrowth and natural results. Both clip-in and glue-in hair extensions can provide temporary coverage to give the desired aesthetic but will only mask the problem.

Glue-in, Clamps or Tape?

The different methods of using hair extensions can provide different results, with clip-in or clamp style hair extensions being the quickest and safest option. Generally, they can just be clipped in when needed then removed before showering or going to bed. If you opt for more permanent hair extensions such as gluing or bonding the extensions, this can cause strain on the hair roots in the long term. Whilst it’s not guaranteed to damage your hair, for some people the results long-term can be similar to those who suffer from Tension Alopecia, where the hair follicles are excessively pulled through certain hairstyles like a tight bun, ponytail, or plaits. If you are worried about triggering hair loss, you may want to avoid anything that does cause unnatural strain on the hair follicles.

Poor Maintenance & Application

Of course, if you are lazy about removing your hair extensions when they are not needed, this can cause unnecessary issues with tangled or pulled hair. However, this will depend on the type of extensions you have and how you maintain them. Regular washing of hair extensions should be avoided too, usually once every 15-20 uses is sufficient if you have been using product such as hair spray or wax. Regular brushing and care for your extensions can make their longevity and quality last longer. Whilst we mention quality, you can expect to get much better results from salon-quality extensions that are fitted professionally than cheaper alternatives you have to fit manually. 

Overall, hair extensions if used carefully and temporarily will avoid any damage to your hair in the long term. If hair loss or thinning hair is of concern, seeking advice from your doctor or a specialist can help assess the severity of your hair concerns and provide a permanent solution

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