How Do Hair Extensions Work? Can They Cause Hair Loss?

If you’ve ever wondered how your favorite celebrities achieve their long, luxurious tresses, look no further:  the answer is oftentimes extensions. Extensions are real or synthetic hairpieces that are bonded or woven into your hair near the scalp to produce a longer and fuller look. Properly applied extensions can give you a celebrity-like head of hair for up to three months. However, sometimes the added stress to your natural follicles can aggravate the very problem you’re trying to improve, causing traction alopecia.

For those who choose extensions because their hair is beginning to thin, more permanent and less damaging options may help to encourage hair growth depending on the cause of your hair loss. For those who are losing hair as a result of patterned baldness, topical medications can help to impede further hair loss and even regrow some hair. Hair restoration surgery works to restore hair to a balding area by transferring it from a donor site usually near the back of the head or ears. Patients whose hair is thinning for other reasons (hormones, medications, trauma, etc.) may benefit from short-term treatments like Rogaine® until the cause of the hair loss is addressed.

Women or men who choose to have extensions applied to lengthen or thicken the look of their hair should make sure to always visit an experienced applicator who follows safety guidelines and has a proven record of good results. To stay up to date on the latest hair loss and restoration news, make sure to follow The Griffin Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. If you’re interested in learning more about hair restoration, contact our office to schedule a consultation.


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Monday, April 23rd, 2012 Blog, Educational, Hair Loss

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