Hair extensions goes back to ancient Egypt where the women would use weaves and sewn in extensions. Nowadays they come in various types and colors: clip-ins, tape, micro-loop, fusion, sewn in, real Remy hair, artificial hair etc.
The 3 top reasons why people get extensions:
- The obvious choice for hair extension is to actually provide length and body to hair. This is particular useful for those who have a hard time to grow their hair or who just want a temporary fashion statement.
- Hair extensions are great for those trying on a new shade. Perhaps you want highlights, but you can’t make up your mind about the shade to go with? With hair extensions you have the flexibility of switching the hair swatches at your own will.
- They provide versatility in fashion. They can change hair color, or add a little oomph to hair without damaging the hair. (Provided of course that the extensions are done professionally with care.)
Hair extensions: The price to pay
Hair extensions can come with a price. The weight of the added tresses can put stress on the hair follicles causing hair loss over time, also referred to as traction alopecia. This is the same type of hair loss observed by people who always have their hair in tight pony tails. As a general rule, if you can feel a pulling effect after your extensions, you should have the extensions removed and repositioned. It is generally recommended by trichologists to give the roots a break (from extensions) from time to time.
Some types of extensions are worse than others. The glue in or sewn in extensions are harder to remove once they’ve been placed and are meant for long term usage. They aren’t usually advised for thin hair because of the strain they put on the hair strands. The pressure at the roots can create traction alopecia over time when misused/over used. Nowadays there are single sided tape-in extensions for medium/fine hair. Those are less heavy and more considerate to the follicles. An example is shown in the video below.
The other thing to note is that artificial extensions is not long lasting. If you intend to use extensions for recurring periods of time, it is usually best to get natural hair extensions (Remy hair are usually premium quality). The downside however, is the cost difference. Remy hair is quite pricey to buy although it feels and behaves like natural hair. Not to mention the actual salon cost for putting in the extensions.
Note that using natural hair means that you need to care for it just like you would with your own hair. The tresses will get damaged with heat styling, they will get split ends, they will get tangled , or static etc. Therefore you need to work hard at keeping your investment in good shape.
Hair extensions provide great options but to avoid any future agony, you need to make sure that you pick the appropriate type of extensions for your hair type, and choose a knowledgeable hairdresser to place them for you.