Recently, Good Morning America did a segment on hair loss caused by hair extensions. Dr. Shapiro typically gets several cases a year from this particular type of hair loss. Hair extensions CAN cause hair loss, depending on the condition of the hair and how long the hair extensions are worn.
The type of hair loss that hair extensions can cause is called “traction alopecia”. This is when hair falls out because it is pulled too hard for too long. The hair follicles become inflamed and damaged.
Hair extensions can be permanent or clip-on. Permanent hair extensions can be made of synthetic or natural hair. They are tied on or weaved. They can pull or the weight of permanent extensions can cause traction alopecia.
Clip-on hair extensions are temporary, which makes it easier to limit the amount of time they are used and the spacing between uses. The disadvantage of clip-on hair extensions is that they are usually clipped right next to the scalp, which may cause pulling and therefore, the anchoring surrounding hair might fall out.
Traction alopecia from hair extensions can be temporary or permanent. If the hair does not grow back, a hair transplant can help restore the user’s natural hair to the balding areas.
Before using hair extensions, Dr. Shapiro recommends taking his Help Hair® Shake, which user studies have shown have all the nutrients to make the hair look thicker and look stronger, and reduce hair breakage. His All Natural 4-Step Program™ is outlined in his book “Fight Hair Loss and Win!“, and includes Help Hair® Vitamins, Help® Hair Shampoo and Help Hair® Conditioner.
Dr. Shapiro is a dermatologist and hair transplantation specialist with hair transplant clinics in the Miami, Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale areas of south Florida.