So many women dream of beautiful, luxurious locks framing their face, and often hair extensions are the easiest way to add length and volume to your hair instantly. However, many people believe that hair extensions can cause hair loss and hair thinning.
When applied correctly, hair extensions do not negatively affect hair growth. Many women report hair loss or poor hair growth after using extensions because these extensions have been applied by inexperienced stylists.
Whether hair growth is affected by extensions really depends on the type of extensions and how skilled the person applying the extensions is.
What Are The Different Types of Hair Extension?
You may find yourself getting overwhelmed when choosing hair extensions – after all, there are a lot of different types and brands out there.
The easiest type of hair extension to use and remove are clip-in extensions. You can clip-in these extensions at home whenever you want to add some extra length and volume, and remove them yourself after use.
Tape-in extensions are taped or glued to your hair. Since they need to be aligned perfectly with the roots and applied using a heated tool for the glue, you should go to a professional stylist for this procedure.
Sew-in extensions (also known as weave) involve cornrowing your hair and then using a needle and thread to sew the extension in. Because they are sown in, these extensions can look very natural and are long lasting.
And finally, fusion or pre-bonded hair extensions are fused onto small sections of your hair using an adhesive.
How Can I Use Hair Extensions Without Affecting Hair Growth?
Use clip-ins if you can
If you are worried about affecting your hair growth, you should opt for clip-in extensions. They cause no heat damage to your roots, and because they are temporary you can remove them after use, allowing your hair to breathe. This lets your roots recover from holding the weight of the extensions.
Try not to sleep in your clip-in extensions as you want to give your hair a good break. Sleeping on them could cause additional, unnecessary pulling, which could essentially lead to hair loss or breakage.
Go to a trusted professional
If applied or removed incorrectly, tape-in, sew-in and fusion extensions can be bad for hair growth. When going for these options, book an appointment with a trusted expert who has good reviews. Do your research.
Applying heat to your roots can cause long term damage, so make sure you are in good hands. These extensions are not inherently bad for hair growth, however an inexperienced stylist applying them incorrectly can cause hair loss, thinning and damage your roots, leading to poor hair growth.
According to renowned dermatologist Francesca Fusco, sew-in extensions are more damaging than tape-in ones. She believes it is important to find the right stylist to apply your extensions, and if you feel an extension pulling at your hair, you should get it reapplied by your stylist to ensure you are not damaging your roots and hair growth.
Other experts believe it is important to get your extensions professionally removed at the correct time, or you could be putting your hair growth at risk. It is also vital to follow the maintenance requirements of the extension type you choose to avoid causing any lasting damage to your roots.
Avoid extended use
And finally, it is best to avoid using hair extensions for an extended period. Sustained use can cause a rare problem known as Traction Alopecia in some women, so if like Jennifer Aniston in the 90’s you are seeing significant root damage due to extensions, it may be time to take a break. And if the damage has already been done, visit an expert to help deal with your hair loss and growth issues.
So, the final answer is no, hair extensions are not bad for hair growth if applied and removed correctly. However, it is important to choose a good stylist to apply and remove your extensions if you want to prevent any damage to your roots and cause hair loss.