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‘How Can I Wear Hair Extensions Without Damaging My Hair?’

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Name: Kelly

Question: Hello my friend put hair extentions in my hair and I have had them in for almost two months. She has removed them and conditioned my hair, and replaced them again. When she took out the exstentions my hair was shorter then it was before I had hair exstensions. I do not like short hair, can I take the sewn in exstentions out and where clipons until my hair grows back? I don’t want to go bald. I really like the sewn in exstentions and also wish I could keep wearing them. Is there any way to keep them in with out damaging my hair. hair

Sew In Hair ExtensionsAnswer: Hi Kelly. Wearing hair extensions adds extra weight which slowly pulls on the hair, weakening the roots.

Placing this type of tension on your hair follicles can result in a hair loss condition called traction alopecia, particularly if the extensions are worn frequently. This can cause hair loss and signs of breakage around the hairline and temples – as these are the areas which take most of the strain – as well as where the extensions are placed. Having this weight tug at the hair’s roots is why people with hair extensions often experience headaches too.

Sewn-in and tape-in hair extensions tend to be more damaging than clip-in extensions, however, none are recommended for regular wear if you want to minimise the risk of hair loss. One thing we often find is that clients may initially experiment with temporary hair extensions for a quick volume and/or length boost, but love how they make their hair look so much that they use them continuously.

The more weight the extensions add to the hair and the longer they are left in, the more chance there is of developing at best hair breakage – which causes the hair to become brittle and snap, making it appear thinner and ‘frizzy’ – or at worst, traction alopecia. Whilst there are treatments for traction alopecia available, the best thing to do is to try and avoid developing this condition in the first place.

If you really do want to wear them, the healthiest way to wear hair extensions is by choosing lightweight clip-in versions and only wearing them for short periods. You should always take them out at night to allow your hair to rest and recover. Taking steps to ensure the health and natural strength of your hair, such as taking dietary supplements like Hair Vitalics, and using strengthening conditioning treatments, can also be beneficial.

If you are concerned that your hair has already been damaged by your previous extensions, we would recommend having a tricho-check to get a professional assessment of your hair’s condition before considering new extensions. A hair loss specialist will be able to determine the extent of any damage and can recommend effective ways to treat this. Quick and easy daily applications of the hair loss treatment minoxidil have proven effective in speeding up recovery and providing significant regrowth results for Belgravia clients with Traction Alopecia. Use of hair growth boosters, as appropriate, can also help but avoiding extensions in the meantime, while your hair heals, would be advisable.


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