Do Hair Extensions Damage Your Hair?

Going to extreme lengths for long hair?

Long luxuriously thick hair can often seem to be the ideal.  However with no sure fire way to instantly grow your hair overnight, the popularity of hair extensions is on the rise.  But many women may be concerned that the process of getting hair extensions may actually do more harm than good. In fact do hair extensions damage your hair?

Types of hair extensionsHair Extensions

Hair extensions are used to add length or volume to your existing hair.  They can be made up of real or synthetic hair and dyed and styled to blend in with the hair you already have. The most common types of hair extensions are made from Remy Hair, which is high quality human hair usually from India or China.

There are several different types of hair extensions on the market. Whether you’re looking for a temporary or semi permanent solution. Hair extensions can be added to the hair in different ways. Extensions can be clipped in, taped in, woven in, glued or beaded into your own hair.

Why do hair extensions damage our hair?

Glue In Extensions

It’s often the process of applying or removing the hair extensions that can cause damage to your hair. By choosing a more permanent hair extension using hot glue, tight wefts and the additional weight of hair extensions can place pressure on hair follicles, causing the ‘real’ hair to fall out.

This type of hair loss is called Traction Alopecia which is temporary hair loss caused by constant pulling or tension on the hair shaft.  The severity of Traction Alopecia will be dependent on the amount of damage to the base of the hair and how long you’ve had hair extensions.  Often the damage can be reversed, however in some cases where hair extensions have been worn for a long time it can lead to permanent hair loss.

If you are starting to see hair extensions damaging your hair it’s best to address it straight away, and have them removed by a professional.


Which type of hair extension causes the least amount of damage?

Most hair extensions damage occurs because of the constant pulling and extra weight of the additional hair. However, clip in extensions can be the best option as they are temporary and easy to apply yourself. Small sections of hair attached to clips are attached securely to your hair to add extra length and volume. By not using more permanent methods like glue, tape or sewing, you can avoid extra damage.  However, it is important to remember to remove the extensions daily to prevent damage whilst you sleep.

What are the best ways to cover hair loss from hair extensions?

Can hair extension damage be reversed? If you have already experienced hair loss, thinning or sparse areas of hair you can apply a cotton hair fibre to conceal the thinning areas. Boost N Blend gives you instantly thicker looking hair and covers the areas where hair extensions have caused damage. You can also enhance your hairline with Rootz a coloured hair concealer that fills in any gaps.

Boost N Blend Fibres

Can hair extensions damage be reversed?

Although there is no quick fix, removing your hair extensions is the best place to start! If the damage is less than extensive, women can try changing their hair style. Make sure to use a good quality shampoo and conditioner to nourish the hair follicles with essential oils. You can also read about ways to promote a healthy scalp and revitalise your hair here.