22-year-old country and western singer Taylor Swift has apparently become the latest celebrity to develop Traction Alopecia caused by excessive use of hair extensions. Photographed leaving a West Hollywood restaurant and wearing her hair up in a ponytail, a bald patch was clearly visible on the top of Swift’s head.
Seasoned celebrity watchers have noted how the appearance of Taylor Swift’s hair had changed significantly since her triumphant appearance at the Grammy Awards on February 12th, apparently losing length and body. The dramatic change suggests that Taylor has had hair extensions removed in the intervening period.
The problem with hair extensions
Hair extensions are becoming increasingly popular with celebrities, fuelled by the popularity of stars such as Katie Price, Cheryl Cole and Coleen Rooney. However many of these famous women have gone on to experience a hair loss condition called Traction Alopecia which has left them with bald patches and areas of thinning hair.
Hair extensions are of themselves are generally safe to use without any ongoing negative effects on a woman’s hair so long as they are used on a temporary and infrequent basis. It is when hair extensions are worn for an extended or permanent basis that women can start to develop bald patches or hair loss.
Hair extensions are tightly braided to a woman’s own hair, as close as possible to the scalp. During the affixing process, the woman’s own hair is placed under great strain as the hair is straightened and the extensions attached. This combination of tension coupled with the extra weight of the actual extensions places hair follicles under unnatural strain.
Over time the tension causes hair follicles become distorted and pulled out of shape, and the natural hair falls out. If the hair follicles continue to be stretched it eventually becomes impossible for a new hair to grow properly, leading to further bald patches. Because extensions are attached to several adjacent hairs at once, when they fall out, the loss is quite apparent.
Resolving hair extension related hair loss
In Taylor Swift’s case, when faced with thinning hair and patchy baldness, the temptation will always be to have new extensions affixed to cover the problem. Although extensions or weaves can effectively hide patchy hair loss, they will also eventually result in further hair loss.
As a result the only way to correct hair loss caused by extensions is to stop wearing them and seek immediate advice from a hair loss expert, who will be able to identify correctly the cause of the thinning, and devise a treatment plan to enable the hair to regrow. Often women will find that given enough time their hair begins to grow back normally once the extensions have been removed although it is a good idea to get a proper diagnosis in the first instance.
Here at The Belgravia Centre our hair loss experts have experience of treating a wide range of hair loss conditions including female pattern hair loss and Traction Alopecia. Following an initial consultation, our hair loss experts will create a custom treatment plan designed to meet the specific needs of the patient.
Specialist hair loss treatment at The Belgravia Centre
These treatment plans will combine clinically approved medication such as Minoxidil, or one of our own custom formulations which combine Azelaic Acid with Minoxidil for increased efficacy. Our experts may also prescribe one of our Hair Growth Boosters to enhance further the effects of the medication.
Our unique Hair Growth Boosters include the Hair Vitalics dietary supplement which contains all the vitamins and minerals required for healthy hair growth along with herbal extracts such as saw tooth palmetto. Were Taylor Swift to attend our London Victoria clinic she may also be the FDA-cleared LaserComb; a device used to stimulate the cells in the scalp surrounding the hair follicles, encouraging them back into action.
The Belgravia Centre is the UK’s leading hair loss clinic and pharmacy with thousands of satisfied customers from all walks of life. To find out more about how our hair loss experts could help correct hair loss caused by hair extensions, give us a call on 0800 077 6666 or message us to arrange a free, no obligation appointment. You can also fill out our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment programme that we can post anywhere in the world Whether you are a multi Grammy Award winner like Taylor Swift or not, we have an affordable, custom-made hair loss treatment plan for you.