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Do Hair Extensions Damage Your Hair? A Complete Guide

Do Hair Extensions Damage Your Hair? A Complete Guide

Fashion Blog Tue Sep 01 2020

From excessive hair fall to migraines, hair extensions have to be the most controversial topic in the massive universe of hair styling. There isn't a single side effect that hair extension hasn’t been roped into.

If you are new to the hair extension world, the horrifying stories may have caused you to second guess your decision. 

We are here to put your mind at ease. We’ll answer all the possible questions, from "do hair extensions ruin your hair?" to "how do you keep extensions in perfection condition?" - by the end of this article, we promise you'll already be making an appointment with your hair stylist.

Do Hair Extensions Damage Your Hair?

With practiced professionals and advanced techniques currently available to us, the straight answer would be - No, if they are professionally fitted and cared for well. Let’s be honest, if they were dangerous to our natural hair, why would they be so popular?

Back in the days when there were limited options available, hair extensions earned a bad repute. Sometimes due to the clip- in extensions being visible through the hair and other times due to the poorly designed clips tugging at the hair roots. Hair extensions have come a long way since then.

Now coming to the damaging part, do hair extensions leave your lifeless and dull? We’ll tell you where this myth originates from. These notions are typically associated with permanent hair extensions, the process of which uses extreme heat or glue to install the extension into your natural hair. Clip-in hair extensions, on the other hand, are the safest forms of hair extensions to be used on a daily basis.

Clip-in extensions are worn in need of extra length and thickness. When they are clipped-in, removed and cared for properly, clip-in hair extensions do absolutely no damage to the hair.

Hair Extension Methods

Since we talked about how the technique and process can make a difference in damage-free hair extensions, we are going to talk about different methods of application out there so you can make an informed choice.

Out of all application methods - micro beads, tape-ins, fusions, clip-ins are the quickest and the safest way to achieve lustrous mane. 

Permanent hair extensions necessarily require the application of glue or bonding the extension to strands of hair, there are chances of damaging the roots and also running the risk of discomfort.

On the other hand, clip-in extensions are temporary. They aren’t tightly gripping your roots and hence allow your hair to breathe. Also, you can give your roots some rest by removing the clip-in extensions while having a shower, workout, or while you are sleeping. 

Due to its high-flexibility, many women use clip-in hair extensions on a regular basis to achieve longer, fuller hair without damaging their natural hair.

Causes of Hair Damage Due To Hair Extensions

With everything we have said up until now does not rule out the possibility that hair extensions can “never” damage your hair. Here are a few things you need to be careful about.

Inexperienced Stylists

The biggest issue with hair extension is not the extension itself, it is the technique used by the people installing them. 

Inexperienced stylists can do a messy job, pick the wrong set of extensions or install super heavy weighted sets. 

All of which can lead to headaches, scalp pain and hair fall. Carefully research and pick a reputable stylist who can flawlessly fit in your new luscious locks.

DIY Installation

DIY installation can easily go wrong if unprofessional hands are trying to install extensions for the first time. 

This becomes even more complicated if you try complicated installation methods like hot or cold fusions. Without hands-on experience, the extensions will get damaged and so will your natural hair.

Hair Extension Designs

Damage by the design of hair extension isn’t that much of a concern, however, it is still a damage. Damage by design is as mild as gluing fake nails, it won’t make you lose hair or thin out your hair volume.

Designs like keratin hair extensions attach to the roots of your hair with the help of melted hair protein, which is the keratin. These kinds of extensions leave a mark on your hair which isn’t something to be counted as “real damage”.

Avoiding Hair Maintenance

No matter which type of extension you choose, every extension requires regular maintenance in order to keep the extension and your natural strands healthy and strong.

The good part is, they don’t need salon maintenance. Avoiding maintenance can be as simple as not brushing your hair as frequently as needed. If you don’t comb out and separate your natural hair from the extensions, both will get tangled up creating awful dreadlocks. 

After which, your stylist will be left with no choice other than removing the extensions by forcefully pulling them out.

Not washing your hair correctly can also create problems with your extension. Hair strands are most sensitive when they are wet. Tugging on the extensions or scrubbing aggressively can harm your roots and natural hair.

Another maintenance tip is to check your hair extension type before sleeping in with hair extensions on. For example, you can go to bed with hot fusion, cold fusion, and tape-in extensions but you cannot pull off an all night’s sleep with clip-in or flip-in extensions.

If you have fixed your extensions using semi-permanent methods like keratin extensions, micro beads, or tape-in, do not forget to get them refitted at regular intervals.

We hope you got an honest look into what it takes to get hair extensions and what is expected of you to prevent the damage. Hair extensions are definitely a worthwhile investment if you are looking to unleash your inner Rapunzel. However, you need to treat your extensions with the same carefulness as your natural hair. Condition them regularly, apply a hydrating mask once a week and smooth glossy serum on days when they look dull.

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