Hair extensions have a life -period of 3-4 months and their total cost is around to 750 euros for all the head. According to this, for a woman it would cost around to 3.000- 6.000 euros to have long hair for about a year by using hair extensions.
Photos of Traction Alopecia caused by Hair Extensions
Hair Extensions’ Risks
- They wear and strain on the skin that provides protection against damage threatening the medulla and the cortex. Thus, the brain is left exposed.
- The glue that connects the hair extensions destroys the hair ends by damaging and breaking them, creating persistent split ends. In addition, because of their weight, they damage the skin, as it is not healthy already, with a result for the hair to stop growing.
- The hair color fades due to the damage caused to the shell.
- It is also worthy to be noticed that people who have already weak or poor hair and those with a pre-existing condition such as anemia are at greater risk from hair extensions.
In addition, complaints and denouncements have been reported for causing itching and other allergies because of the glue.
The origin of hair extensions
“Apart from the fact that they miss their own hair they have obtained psychological problems as cutting their hair is not a normal situation. Their long hair is something good on them which others buy it by grams and for a paltry sum…”
There are just a few people who know that hair extensions mainly come from the “shaving rooms” of thousands of Hindu temples. That’s where every Indian woman goes to fulfil their Votive offerings to the gods, according to the Hindu tradition. According to an ancient Hindu custom, shaving an infants head brings happiness and as for shaving an adult ‘s head, it’s an act of gratitude to the gods.
It started from a temple in India that decided to sell the hair that women devoted to the god Visnu. Along the way, it became the richest temple and the offerings were no longer meeting the growing demand, and then new violent and mutilating methods where applied on people.
Some of them come from dead people too.
In a more scientific way…
Hair extensions: what are the risks?
Extensions: watch out for hair damage
UK hair specialists have studied cases of hundreds of women who have had hair extensions. Their conclusions are indisputable: hair extensions should be banned as, according to their observations, an increasing number of young women suffer from alopecia (severe hair loss). Worn for long periods of time, hair extensions cause permanent damage: the hair and scalp can be irreversibly damaged in localised areas. These researchers point the finger at many hair salons that offer lower and lower prices for hair extensions, which are far from done properly.
For hair expert dermatologist Dr Abimelec, it is the actual bonding of hair extensions that weakens hair. “These extensions, bonded using keratin, damage the hair structure”. As for horizontal weaving, the scalp risks a lack of irrigation and is suffocated under the plait. This ‘pressure cooker’ effect dries out and weakens the hair, even to the point of reducing re-growth.
And what about clips? According to Hervé N’gom, this technique can also be disastrous especially because of the hair extensions that wholesalers boast as being natural but which are in fact synthetic. Combined with your natural hair, these synthetic additions can become inextricably entangled. In some cases, only a pair of scissors can sort out the problem.
Removing extensions can also be problematic: they may sometimes be ripped off, taking natural hair with them!
Some as young as 19 are experiencing the dangerous side effects that come with trying to transform one’s natural hair with hair pieces that make their hair longer and fuller.
“We have patients who are in their early 20s come in after wearing hair extensions for six months or one year, and they actually have bald spots,” Dr. Eric Schweiger, a New York City dermatologist, told “Good Morning America”.
Doctors say people particularly at risk for damage from hair extensions are those with already thin or weak hair, or with a pre-existing medical condition, like anemia.
Hair extensions, in which hair is attached onto a person’s existing hair or scalp by either weaving, gluing or clipping it on, may cause little damage to some women but, for others, the hairpieces can cause nightmarish results.
Hair extensions should be banned, according to one of the biggest hair science groups in the UK.
The Trichological Society says a growing number of salons are offering to do them at a cheap price and some hairdressers don’t have the qualifications to put them in properly.
The organisation says that’s leading to more young women suffering from hair problems such as bald patches and alopecia.
Barry Stevens is a hair scientist who runs the group.
He said: “People who have hair extensions usually have high hopes they’ll look and feel good but very often it ends in tears.
“There can be quite serious consequences wearing them for a long period. They are capable of destroying hair permanently.”
A report published in the British Journal of Dermatology also warns people about the possible dangers of hair extensions.
Researchers in the US and Italy say problems with them are more common than reported.
The report says some women have no visible signs of hair loss even though their scalp could be suffering when looked at more closely.
Barry Stevens has worked with many women who’ve taken legal action after having their hair ruined by extensions.
Poor quality hair will snag with brushing and combing and eventually rip your hair out
Barry Stevens, The Trichological Society
After years of examining hundreds of women’s hair and scalps, he thinks extensions which are glued-in, sewn-in or attached with a metal ring should be banned in the UK.
“Hair extensions pull out one’s natural hair,” he warned. “They’re heavy, don’t absorb water easily and can tangle very quickly.”
More specific, the 34th years old Atasha Graham died from an alergic shock after an allergic reaction which according to the doctors was caused by the glue of the extensions he was wearing.
The incident took place when the woman was having a good time at a club with her boyfriend when suddenly she collapsed and was transferred immediately to the hospital. Unfortunately it was very late and ther they just confirmed her death.
The Ο pathologist Michael Heath who examined her said that the cause of her death was whether the glue that is used for the extensions to be placed or the material used for the dislocation of the hair extensions and their replacing with new ones. According to the doctor, the combination of glue and sweat from dancing caused the allergic shock for the unfortunate woman.
A hair transplant is a severe and costly surgical operation with complications and limitations in its realization. The preparation of an emergency plan is necessary. It’s done exclusively in cases of specific patterns
The person that is submitted must wait for the result for 10 to 12 months from the day of the surgery and the placement can involve 800 (for early patterns) to 6400 (for final patters, if there are healthy follicles on the donor area) hair follicles, that’s about 17.000 hair strands. The next possible hair transplant can be done 12 months after the last one.
Note: The average number of hair stands a head has is 150.000.
Clinically and officially speaking, the maximum number of hair transplants a head can be submitted to is 5. If a 6th one is going to be carried out, it will strictly concern a slight enrichment of the hair follicles only on the front area of the forehead. A hair transplant can’t stop hair loss as well as the evolution of baldness. Always speaking on a clinical and official basis, it can only be done in order to add a specific number of hair follicles if there are any existing on the donor area.
A hair transplant can’t be done:
1. On early stages of diffuse baldness because hair loss is still ongoing
2.On final stages (of a great hair dilution) if the donor areas are consisted of very few and weak hair follicles.
3.On women suffering from a thyroid disease or anemia.
4.On early ages (young children)
5.On people who suffer from secondary causes of female androgenetic alopecia like lack of iron and/or thyroid disturbances.
6.On people that are predisposed to bleeding
7.On people who take medication or vitamin supplements (like Vitamin E) that promote bleeding
The costs are as follows according to the number of hair follicles are going to be added:
For 500 hair follicles (approximately 1250 hairs) the cost is 600 – 1200 euros
For 1000 hair follicles (approximately 1250 hairs) the cost is 1200 – 2000 euros
For 1500 hair follicles (approximately 1250 hairs) the cost is 1800 – 2800 euros
For 2000 hair follicles (approximately 1250 hairs) the cost is 2400 – 3600 euros
For 2500 hair follicles (approximately 1250 hairs) the cost is 3000 – 4200 euros
For 3000 hair follicles (approximately 1250 hairs) the cost is 3600 – 5000 euros
Depending on the doctor who will do the surgery, the clinic and the technique that is going to be used, the final cost can reach the 15.000 euros.
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HEALTH COMPLICATIONS OF HAIR TRANSPLANTS
1. Damage to the follicles
2. Death to transplanted follicles
3. Permanent hair loss Shock
4. Deformities on hair
5. Postoperative infection
6. Damage to the parietal and occipital area
7. Destruction up to 20% of naturally existing hair
8. Damage in several hair areas for future use
9. Infections (folliculitis)
10. Excessive bleeding
11. inclusion cysts (post-transplant epidermoid cyst) and graft ischemia occurring
12. H-factor.( Physical damage, Biochemical damage, damage to growth centres)
13. Poor growth. (“X-factor” : excessive damage to the follicular root)
14. Donor area scarring. (Scars up to 1 cm in width)
15. Hyperfibrotic scarring
16. Pigmentary changes in the skin
17. ¨Denuded grafts which mechanism may reduce the survivability of transplanted hair and be determined as harmful and dangerous.
18. Machine for cutting the grafts: This machine cuts hair like the guillotine and contains many bits which separate grafts at random destroying many of them.
19. Laser Transplants : The laser causes thermal damage to the skin so they do not have good healing and healthy development of hair follicles.
20. Implantation with Choi: A device which pushes the hair with force and can cause problems to the proper development of sensitive and delicate hairs of mainly Caucasian races.
Hair transplants cause serious complications in health
Hair transplants include hair redistribution from the parietal and occipital area, such a dangerous condition because skull consists of nerves that when they are damaged, health is damaged by serious complications.
**Frontal lobe lesions (injuries) are caused more offen when skull and brain injuries are caused.
**Generally, at the cortex, the information is distributed so as the received information for the one side of the body to be represented to the other side’s brain’s hemisphere and the primary body-sensory cortex contains a map which represents the several body organs, known as homunculus.
THE HOMUNCULUS OF THE BRAIN
Such injuries can cause the following:
2. weakness for complicated moves
3. Lack of spontaneity
4. Loss of though flexibility
6. Low ability of observation
7. Mood changes
8. Changes in social behavior
9. Broca’s aphasia
10. Personality changes
11. Difficulty in problem solving
12. Difficulty in behavior control
PHOTOGRAPHS OF BAD HAIR TRANSPLANTS