One of the top questions stylists receive during an extension consultation is, “Will extensions damage my hair?” Depending on the hair extension method you choose, the answer could be yes. Before investing in any type of hair extensions, the key is to do your research.
If you are experiencing extreme hair loss or thinning, stay away from any semi-permanent method of hair extensions. Since your hair is already in a fragile state, adding any pulling or pressure will damage the hair follicle further and lead to more hair loss. Not sure why your hair is falling out? Check out these eight common causes of female hair loss.
Never attempt to put in your own extensions, always go to a licensed cosmetologist. Make sure that they have received education or are specially trained in the method of extensions you are looking for, or you may be putting yourself at risk of damaging your hair.
After your first application, your stylist should always educate you on the proper at home maintenance for your extensions. Your daily routine is just as important for preventing hair extension damage, such as using a heat protectant before styling and using the proper hair care products. Depending on the method, schedule a reapplication or check up to ensure the extensions are applied correctly and not pulling at the hair.
With some methods, natural shedding will occur. However, if you feel there has been more hair loss than normal, consult with your stylist. Once the hair follicle has been damaged, that hair will not grow back, so it is important to address the situation right away.
Sew in and braid-in are the two methods most suitable for coarse or thick hair. However, they can cause the most stress to the hairline. Over time, tight braids can damage the hair and even cause the hair to break.
If you have thin or fragile hair, try a tape in method, which is the least damaging method of extensions, as they require no braiding, clips, or messy bonding agents.
Lastly, always buy your hair through a licensed cosmetologist or reputable source. Stay away from hair shops or beauty supply stores, as the hair is low quality, and the source of the hair is unknown.