Because hair extensions are attached to the hair, tugging at your hair and scalp, there will always be a risk of damage due to tension placed on the roots. This tension can lead to traction alopecia, a type of alopecia caused when pressure is constantly put on the roots, damaging the hair follicles.
Can you get alopecia from hair extensions?
Some hairstyles, like tight ponytails, braids, corn rows, or extensions, can pull and provide stress on the hair follicles. This can cause traction alopecia, or hair loss due to repeated tension. The hair loss may be reversible early on, but it’s permanent if prolonged.
Will hair grow back after extension damage?
More often than not, the hair does not grow back. Traction alopecia, on the other hand, is hair loss due to traction, or pulling. It’s often reversible and occurs when you put your hair under constant strain.
Are hair extensions bad for thinning hair?
Hair extensions add length and volume to hair by attaching real or synthetic hair to the natural hair strands. Unfortunately, most types of hair extensions are too heavy for fine or thin hair. Heavy hair extensions can damage or pull out fine hair, further exacerbating breakage and hair loss.
Does Jennifer Aniston wear hair extensions?
Jennifer Aniston used to wear hair extensions for years. She stopped wearing them when she realized they were damaging her real hair, and other than a couple of minor relapses, she has stopped wearing them completely now.
How long does it take for hair to grow back after traction alopecia?
Hair regrowth may start around 3 months after discontinuing these hair practices, and once the hair cycle is restored.
Should I give my hair a break from extensions?
To maintain healthy hair, it’s important to give your hair a break from a weave or extensions. Wear these styles for two or three months at most, then give your hair a break by switching to a hairstyle without them.