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.
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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.