Kate Gosselin made headlines with the hair that took 20 hours to attach to her head, but the 34-year-old reality TV star says she hates her new hair extensions.
“She thinks her hair looks over processed and damaged,” a source apparently told Us Weekly. “She’s afraid people will think she’s one of Tiger Woods’ bimbos!”
Damage caused by extensions can lead to a hair loss condition called traction alopecia, where hair eventually falls away from the scalp as a result of constant tension.
“Hair extensions are one of the worst possible things you can do to your hair,” said hair loss specialist Leonora Doclis of the Belgravia Centre. “There are very few occasions in which hair extensions do not cause some sort of damage to your hair. Although the damage is usually minimal, it can sometimes be long term.”
While the damage is often only temporary and can be reversed if the hair is properly looked after, there are hair loss treatments for this kind of condition if hair growth has been hindered.
Gosselin, most famous for her TV show Jon and Kate Plus 8 that documents her atypical family’s life, has been receiving tips from a stylist on how to care for her new look.
“Kate has been trying different things, from headbands to ponytails to a Farrah Fawcett–style ‘do,” the stylist said. “She’s just not sure what she wants.”
But the make-over was not popular among the whole family. Nine-year-old twins, Cara and Mady, shrieked “Eww!” when they saw their mother’s signature spiky bob replaced with long blonde tresses.
“They started laughing,” a source said. “Kate ended up in her room crying.”