Hair loss from hair extensions

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Posted on : October 14, 2016 | Author: John Kahen | Category: Hair Loss

By 40, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40 percent of women show signs of female pattern hair loss, a result of genetics, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, crash diets, medical conditions, or certain medications.

“With extensions, the positive is instant density,” It’s temporary, meaning you can take them out. It’s a very good solution but a bad extension job can result in broken hair, hair loss, and even bald patches. “When extensions first came out, it was about the longer the better,” said Emily Dougherty, beauty director at Elle magazine. “It’s still that way for the junior consumer. Then there are the varsity consumers who use extensions for volume. It’s not necessarily longer, but lusher. It’s what a 35-year-old wants: her hair to look like it did at 18.”

There are a variety of application methods but the main distinction among the high-end brands is the way the extensions are applied. Nearly all offer pre-bonded extensions, meaning there is a hard plastic substance at one end that will act as an adhesive once the stylist presses it to several strands of the client’s own hair, about an inch to an inch and a half from the scalp, with a pair of tongs that are heated (known as “hot fusion”) or that generates heat by way of ultrasound (called “cold fusion”).

While many women feel soreness at the scalp and occasionally have a headache after the application, the discomfort is temporary. But with long-term use, some types of extensions may harm the hair – or worse.  Chronic traction, or pulling at the root, can lead to permanent hair loss.  Damage might be permanent after three years of repeated use of some kinds of extensions resulting in permanent bald patches wherein hair restoration is the only method to replace the damage. 


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