Can Hair Extensions Cause Hair Loss?

Can Hair Extensions Ruin Your Hair?

The short answer is no, hair extensions do not cause hair loss on their own. Hair falling out after extensions is unfortunately not unheard of if hair extensions are overused or used incorrectly. Hair extensions are completely safe to wear and completely fabulous as long as they are used according to the instructions.

Because hair extensions are attached to the hair and tug at the hair and scalp, there is always the risk of damage to the roots due to the tension. This stress can cause traction alopecia, a type of alopecia caused by constant pressure on the roots, which damages the hair follicles.

The application method, not the actual wearing of hair extensions, is the most harmful aspect of them. The application can cause a lot of damage, including scalp pain and follicle damage, if the person doing it is inexperienced or lacks technique. Applying the extensions yourself if you don’t have enough experience is also a no-no because you risk making a mistake and causing damage.

Hair extensions are wefts/pieces of hair that are attached to your natural hair with clips or tapes at the top, depending on the installation method, to add length or volume. Some types of hair extensions, such as micro-loop, fusion, and nano-ring hair extensions, can be applied strand by strand. Hair extensions are a type of hair replacement system that allows you to add volume, length, or even color to your natural hair without committing to a long-term commitment.

Types of Hair Extensions

Hair extensions come in a variety of styles to suit any occasion. When deciding between them, consider your budget, how you’ll wear them, and how long you want them to last.

Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions are ideal for first-timers and those who like to experiment with their appearance. They simply clip into your hair and can be removed whenever you want, as the name implies! Furthermore, because these extensions are temporary, they put the least amount of stress on your hair and can be easily removed at the end of the day.

Can Clip-In Extensions Cause Hair Loss?

Although clip-in hair extensions are simple to apply at home, we recommend seeking professional assistance to ensure that the clips aren’t attached too close to your roots or too tightly, as this could cause hair loss. Aside from that, they are completely safe to use as long as they are properly maintained.

Tape-In Hair Extensions

Tape-in hair extensions use glue. The name, once again, gives it away. The wefts of hair are attached at the roots with a type of tape rather than a clip. These are a little more long-term, lasting six to eight weeks on average.

Can Tape-In Extensions Cause Hair Loss?

Tape-in extensions will not cause hair loss if they are installed, maintained, and removed properly. Attaching the tapes too close to your roots or sandwiching an extremely thin layer of real hair between two tapes is a common mistake that leads to hair loss.

Keratin Fusion Hair Extensions

In a keratin fusion extensions, each strand of hair is tipped with keratin, which is gently heated, bound to the natural hair, and allowed to cool. These typically last three to six months.

Can Keratin Fusion Extensions Cause Hair Loss?

Keratin fusion hair extensions are among the top three least damaging hair extensions for fine hair. Keratin hair extensions have the potential to cause hair damage. Especially if you wear them for an extended period of time and never allow your hair to breathe and grow without the added weight of long extensions. Depending on how well you take care of them, they usually last 3–5 months. They may even start falling out or loosening, in which case a trip to the salon is in order.

Sew In Hair Extensions

Finally, sew-in extensions are one of the most long-lasting hair extensions available. The natural hair is braided across the head, and the extensions are literally sewn into the braids, which works best with thicker hair. These can last anywhere from six months to a year.

Can Sew In Extensions Cause Hair Loss?

Before attaching the sew-in hair extensions, the natural hair must first be braided and/or cornrowed. The sew-in hair extension foundation of braiding and/or cornrowing can be stressful to the scalp, hair roots, and follicles. More weight is added to the surface of the scalp when hair is sewn into cornrows. The tighter the braids and/or cornrows are, the more stress the scalp, roots, and hair follicles are exposed to.

Sew-in hair extensions entail sewing extra hair into the braids or cornrows’ base. Even more stress can be added to the head if too much hair is added or the hair is sewn in too tightly.

Are Hair Extensions For Everyone?

Hair extensions are usually suitable for anyone with normal hair, but the density of your own hair should be matched. They are not recommended for people who are experiencing active hair loss because wearing extensions can give you a false sense of how severe your hair loss is and prevent you from taking action to treat it.

Hair extensions should be avoided by those with sparse or very thin hair to avoid causing additional damage to the follicles.

Lush hair Folk can help if you’ve been affected by hair extensions and are dealing with thinning hair. We offer a variety of hair thinning treatments that promote growth.

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