Hair Extensions – Friend or Foe? Says Dallas Hair Restoration Salon

Hair Restoration Specialist discusses the pros and cons of hair extensions for women!

More, more, more…we all want more when it comes to long, thick, flowing hair. Many women use hair extensions to increase the length, fullness and density of their hair. Everywhere you look in movies, magazines and television women are sporting this must-have accessory. The popularity of hair extensions has grown immensely in recent years and is now considered mainstream.

No pain no gain! When it comes to hair extensions this theory most definitely applies. Dallas hair replacement specialist, John Florig says fused hair extensions may actually damage hair and cause significant hair loss. Women that already have fine, thin or weak hair are especially susceptible to hair loss after wearing extensions. Traction alopecia is caused by a pulling sensation on the hair follicle, which creases tension and can cause hair loss over a period of time. This type of hair loss is usually brought on from a tight ponytail, barrettes, or the weight and heaviness of hair extensions.

There are several different types of hair extensions available, some of which cause extensive damage to the hair follicle and others, which may result in less hair loss. Hair extensions are usually applied directly to the hair or scalp with clips, bonds, tapes or a weaving method. Clip-in extensions are very popular among women wanting to add volume and length to their hair for a specific event or occasion. This type of extension works best when clipped in, worn for the event and removed that evening. It is not recommended that you sleep, shower or swim with clip-in extensions in your hair.

Fusion extensions are applied using a technique called fusion bonding. With hot fusion bonding, a professional hair stylist applies the extensions with a bonding adhesive and a heating element to attach the hair extension to your natural hair at the base of your scalp. Cold fusion bonding is applied in a similar way, but the hair extension is applied by weaving small sections of hair through a micro link tube, which is then tightened with a weaving plier. Cold fusion extensions are thought to be gentler on the hair since there is no heat applied, however the weight of the extension may cause hair loss.

After wearing hair extensions, some women may notice slight hair loss while others may suffer devastating permanent baldness. John Florig, of Folicure Hair Replacement in Dallas says, “We have noticed a huge increase in consultations with women suffering from female pattern baldness, traction alopecia and thinning hair after wearing certain types of hair extensions. I invite everyone who is experiencing hair loss to come in for a free hair analysis so we can determine which treatment is safe for each individual. Our job is to replace your hair, not damage it further. “

If you are considering getting hair extensions or have suffered hair loss after wearing hair extensions, please give us a call at 214-691-5700 and book a free consultation to find out the hair restoration options that are available to you!