We have reported in the past on singer Ke$ha's hairstyle at the MTV awards, where the singer rocked up sporting extensions that almost reached her waist. Whether the Tik Tok songstress felt the need to increase the apparent thickness of her hair with the extensions due to damage and possible hair loss caused to her natural hair by continual bleaching is unclear, but the star has since cornrowed her hair and added further, multicoloured extensions.
The star, who was shooting a video for her new single Crazy Kids at a park in LA, seemed to have kept away from the dye bottle judging by her brown roots. Dying your hair, particularly bleaching, can cause damage to your existing locks, however it is unlikely that this will result in prolonged hair loss. Although, if hair is more likely to break, the overall appearance of your locks may appear thinner than usual and in a worse condition.
If Ke$ha is trying to be kinder to her hair, she may be interested to know that wearing it in a tight style such as the corn row braids that she is currently sporting can cause more damage than dying it. This is because tight hair styles put pressure on the hair follicles due to how the hair is pulled into the braid. Like hair extensions which weigh the hair down, braids can damage the hair follicle and over time lead to a condition called traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia and the subsequent follicle damage can mean healthy hair is replaced with short, wispy strands that cannot be used for attaching extensions. Eventually, follicles can cease to produce hair altogether, and it's crucial to treat your hair loss before this occurs.
Other than short frizzy hair replacing normal healthy locks, the only other possible symptom of the condition is tension headaches. It is therefore important to be aware of changes to your hairline, and to take your hairstylist's advice if they suggest a break from braids, weaves or extensions.
For those who are already experiencing hair loss from traction alopecia, the first step is to desist wearing the offending hairstyle. However, this is often not enough by itself to fully regrow hair. Belgravia have therefore developed a range of minoxidil formulations, minoxidil being the only medically approved hair loss treatment for women (licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA) that can regrow thinning hair.
Minoxidil is dose dependent, and as such a hair loss specialist is required in order to establish your ideal daily dose after a consultation allows them to look at your hair and scalp in detail. Ranging from liquids up to high strength minoxidil creams, minoxidil can also be combined with certain ingredients that appear to block DHT, the androgen that attacks hair follicles atop the scalp in those with a predisposition to hair loss.
A hair loss treatment plan works best when the proven medication is combined with a number of treatment boosters such as the FDA cleared LaserComb or nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics, which ensure hair is kept in its optimum condition. We also encourage our patients to visit us for check-ups every few months, where photographs are taken to track their progress.
The Belgravia Centre is a world-renowned group of a hair loss clinic in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation from anywhere in the world for home-use treatment.
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