In a nutshell, hair extensions are the key to looking like Rapunzel, we all know that. But what are the real damages that they bring to the table? Hair loss, pain, breakage, pulling out at the roots, thinning hair, and even bald spots. How can you tell which are the least damaging hair extensions available on the market? Read on and see.
First of all, let’s take a look at what types of hair extensions you could get.
- Tape ins – They bond to your natural strands of hair using tape. Hence the name. They are incredibly lightweight as well as thin, meaning very little damage to the hair itself. It also means that you won’t feel them at all. You won’t need any chemicals or tools to put them in or take them out either. The hair is 100 percent natural and you can style it any way you want.
- Clip-ins – These ones fall into the temporary hair extensions category because you can take them out whenever you want yourself. Clip-ins are a bit heavier and do not work extremely well with thin hair, precisely because of their weight. Apart from that, they can easily come off when you least expect it. If you shed hair, the clip ins come off too. There are also very visible, meaning that if it’s a windy day, everyone will know you have extensions.
- Fusion hair extensions – Now we enter the realm of the more troublesome, as far as the least damaging hair extensions go. Fusions need to bond to your hair with a tiny bead of ‘glue’. This can damage the hair in the long run. However, the real damage comes when you need to take them out. Most women report that a lot of their hair actually gets pulled out during this process because the small particles of ‘glue’ are not easy to remove at all.
- Micro Links – You thought fusions are hard to get out of your hair? Let’s talk about micro links for a second. You actually need pliers to get these babies out. Well, not you because nobody recommends you do this at home, by yourself. Stylists use a pair of pliers to pull out the links and, in doing so, inadvertently pull out a lot of hair. Needless to say, this causes a lot of damage. Apart from that, the installation is tricky as well. The links are a bit like a screw which will damage the hair shafts when you clamp them together.
- Braided hair extensions – These ones get literally sewn into your braided hair using a needle and thread. Yes, that might be a tiny problem. Ladies report that, after using this technique for longer periods, their hair got thinner and they even noticed bald spots. The heavy extensions pull down on the tight braids causing the hairs to pull out at the roots. It takes women years to regrow that hair damage.
Therefore, which are the least damaging hair extensions you can get? Taking into account all that we said above, we have to go with the tape ins. They really do cause the less damage to your hair, even if it is fine. What do you think? Write to us in the comment section below and let us know.
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