A New York-based entertainment journalist has written about how a decade of wearing hair extensions led to hair loss.
Writing on revelist.com, Maria Fischer explains that she had been wearing extensions for so long that chunks of her hair started falling out. Though so doesn’t say so directly, it seems almost certain that her shedding was caused by the hair loss condition Traction Alopecia, which is commonly associated with styles that place undue pressure on the hair follicles. It is frequently seen on the scalps of women who regularly wear tightly braided hairstyles, but it is also associated with weaves and hair extensions which can tug on the hair for weeks and months at a time.
“If I wanted to save my hair,” writes Fischer, “I had to learn to live without my extensions.”
Year of rest
She says that it took a year of “rest” before her natural hair was ready to be unveiled. Her new look meant an end to blonde hair extensions and welcomed in a mane of brown hair, and a photo she posted of it on Instagram marked, she said, the first time in 10 years that her “100% real, naturally-coloured hair colour saw the light of day.” Whilst her hair looked healthy and vibrant, her thinning on top was still clear, as you can see below.
The pictures suggest that Fischer had something of a lucky escape, as in some cases hair lost to Traction Alopecia can be permanent. Often, however, this is not the case, and Traction Alopecia treatment can help to stop the shedding and encourage regrowth. In every case the most important piece of advice someone will hear from an expert, especially professionals at a reputable hair loss clinic is: “change your hairstyle – immediately.” This is because once the hair follicles are damaged beyond a certain point, treatment will no longer be an option.
“I know I’m lucky,” writes Fischer on the Revelist website. “My hair is thin and frizzy, but it’s still healthy, growing hair. The texture of my hair is not discriminated against in the workplace, nor is my hair thinning to the point where I’m worried that I’ll go bald.” Continues below…
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