Having a full, lively hair with the help of hair extensions can be a good thing. Think about Jessica Simpsons, Beyonce, Selena Gomez and J.Lo, they all have a perfect long locks. Well, looking good can have a dark side too. From traction alopecia or baldness, severe headache and Follicular damage, these some of the dangers of getting Hair extension.
A 46-year-old social worker came to the clinic of Neurologist, Dr. Orly Avitzur of Terrytown, N.Y., complaining about an agonizing headache. “ She came to me after having had a very expensive battery of test” After a series of test ranging from x-rays, cat scans, MRI and even cerebral artery test were done the unnamed patients’ results turned out to be okay. Dr. Avitzur touch a portion of her scalp near her temple, where the patient said the most tender and later found out that there were rows of tightly braided hair extensions. “When I went to examine her and simply touched her scalp, she pulled away and winced when my fingertips touched her quite gently,” she added.“ It was clear that the pain is coming from her new hair extensions”
There are four different types of hair extension; Micro bead/link, weave type, Tape type and pre-bonded or also known as Fusion. All these types can either give greater or lesser damage. Dr. Avitzur said that, this is not her first time encountering a patient that suffers from severe headache. The use of tightly bonded hair extensions, pony tails and chignon can also be the culprit. Hair specialist says that pulling the hair can cause damage to the hair and therefore, the hair will be prone to breakage or worst, traction alopecia.
Traction Alopecia is a kind of hair loss that happens slowly over time. This is the result of constant hair tension or pulling of hair strands. As a result, thinning of the hair can be observed, either in the temples of your head or the hairline itself. This is not just a typical hair breakage, it is a condition where your hair root will be completely pulled out that the follicles around the hair becomes inflamed. Because of this, hair won’t be able to grow again.
Some hair extension user, loved their extensions, so much that they are willing to endure the pain and the danger at stake just to make them feel good about themselves. Dr. Avitzur added that on the first signs of hair loss “Stop before the problem becomes permanent!”
The extensive damage cannot be restored easily or it may, but will cost you a lot of money. So before having a hair extension to look pretty, weighing the pros with the cons is very practical. You might just save yourself from alopecia and other hair damages.