Hair Extensions and Shedding Hair

“Will hair extensions cause damage, or hair loss?”

This has to be the number one concern we hear in regards to hair extensions, but Hair Flair’s nano link extensions are the latest technology and were specifically designed for thin, fragile hair. They are the safest, most discreet hair extension option on the market and when fitted correctly by a trained professional, maintained regularly, and cared for, they will not cause any damage to your natural hair.
“If that’s true, why when my hair extensions are removed, do I see a bunch of my natural hair come out?”

The answer is simple.

The average person will lose around 50-100 hairs per day as part of the natural hair cycle. You only have to consider how often you clear out your hair brush to realize that you naturally lose a lot more hair than you realize on a daily basis.
With that in mind, I want you to picture one of your hair extensions clamped on your natural hair with a bead. Your natural hair is still going to shed those hundreds of hairs every day, but instead of coming out in your brush, or falling on the floor, in your bed, in the shower, they remain trapped within the bead with nowhere to go. Over the 6-10 weeks that you have your hair extensions in those shed hairs are going to add up!

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Think of it this way: After a month or two (or three) when your hair extensions are due to be moved up or removed, you would have naturally shed around 12,000 hairs, a lot of which have not been able to free themselves from your hair extension bonds.

So for this reason when you come to your maintenance appointment, you’ll undoubtedly notice a lot of natural hair coming out with hair extensions, and this is COMPLETELY NORMAL. The hair extensions have not caused your hair to thin, and have not caused your natural hair to fall out.

Keep in mind that when you are wearing hair extensions for weeks, and months, at a time, you become accustomed to the feeling of having very thick, full, hair. When your hair extensions are removed it is easy to forget what your hair actually looked and felt like before. Just as it took time to get used to having extensions, it will also take time to re-adjust back.

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Shedding is just the nature of the beast, however if at any point you do become concerned, contact your hair extensionist. A professional hair extensionist will have many years of experience in dealing with this, and will be able to answer any questions you might have, and really just put your mind at ease.

The key to hair extensions is also in finding a professional, reliable, hair extension specialist who is fully qualified, knowledgeable, and practiced. A simple look in the classifieds or social media platforms, and you will be bombarded with people claiming to be qualified specialists, so do your research and find somebody you feel good about and you’ll have no worries.

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The Most Common Aftercare Mistakes

We at Hair Flair Extensions, often tell people to treat their extensions the way you would treat your natural hair, and to not overthink things. The quality of our European hair and the method of installation makes them very easy to work with, however there are a couple of exceptions. Please read on to find out the most common aftercare mistakes and how easy it is to avoid them!

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Sleeping with wet hair extensions

Do yourself and your extension technician a favour and do not fall asleep before your hair extensions have fully dried. Your hair is at its weakest when it is wet, so when you go to sleep with your hair wet or damp the roots can become intertwined, and will dry that way. Over time this will cause matting, because your bonds will becoming tangled. For you, this will mean a longer, and more painful maintenance appointment as your extension technician will have to spend a lot of time detangling (a lot of girls charge by the hour too.) As gentle as she is, there will be pain to you and breakage to your hair.

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Conditioning your scalp

Another common mistake is over conditioning; rather, conditioning the bond and scalp area. After your extensions are installed, feel free to wash it normally, but you must remember to only condition from the mid lengths to the ends. If you put conditioner on the bonds they will break down faster, product will begin to buildup in the bonds, and the extensions will fall out easier since they’ve been lubricated.

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Brushing too rough

Avoid taking your brush and yanking from the scalp downwards. It’ll cause stress at the bond and could pull the extension out prematurely. Instead, grab a section of hair and hold it taut, like in the photo, and brush starting at the tips working your way up. When you get to the top, hold the actual bonds as best as you can to complete brushing.

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Too much heat

Never allow the hot stream of air from your dryer to sit too long in one place (near the bonds) as this can melt bonds over a period of time. A better idea would be to dry your extensions first using the cool setting. Same goes with your other heat tool; straighteners, curling rods/irons, etc. Avoid hitting the bonds with your tools – if the bonds do get overheated, the little metal bead gets stuck in the keratin bond and can be a lot harder to remove for your technician, resulting again in a more painful maintenance appointment for you/ potentially damaging your natural hair.

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Over-toning and purple shampoo

A toner is basically is a semi permanent colour, so it does contain a small percentage of peroxide. We all know you blondes love your toners because they reduce brassiness, but beached hair requires the lowest volume so as not to cause damage. Our extensions do take well to toner, however you need to find someone who really knows what they are doing and has experience. Purple shampoo can certainly be over used as well resulting in dry, brittle feeling hair extensions so use with discretion.

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When Extensions are Your Best Solution for Medical Hair Loss

So you’re experiencing some hair loss. You may not have accepted it yet, but you know it’s happening. And you’re wondering what your options are to fit in and continue to feel confident and beautiful. You may have heard about hair extensions but aren’t sure if they’re going to work for you or if they might be a bad idea.

Let’s talk. There are surgical options, but they’re expensive and painful and there’s healing time and results are not guaranteed. There are non-surgical options such as laser light therapy and steroid creams that try to stimulate hair regrowth, some of which work, but again, results are not guaranteed and all of them take time.

Then there are wigs. These have got to be the most well-known and accessible solution for anyone wanting to quickly switch up their hair look. But before you slap down your credit card at the nearest wig shop, there are some things to consider:

  • Real human hair wigs (do you really want to wear any other kind?!) are rather pricey ($1000 – $5000) (Synthetic wigs tend to cost $100 – $500) (Note: Some insurance companies will cover wigs and other hair prosthetics for medical reasons)
  • A proper-fitting wig should be shaped to your head, which requires a couple of consultations and wait time
  • Wigs (especially lower-quality ones) won’t allow your scalp or natural hair to breathe, which leads to sweating and itching and can exacerbate hair loss
  • Chances are the hair won’t feel quite like your natural hair
  • At the end of the day (and usually to shower and swim and work out, etc.), you’ll have to take your hair off. Some people are happy to be able to do that, but others say they just don’t feel like themselves when they have to put their hair on and take it off; when they don’t feel as if their hair is actually a part of them

In some cases, your options may be limited. For example, if your hair loss is extensive enough that you have no hair or very little hair on the parts of your head where pieces can be attached, you may have to resort to a wig or try hair regrowth options.

If you think a wig is your only option, don’t despair. There are benefits, too!

  • Synthetic hair wigs have “memory” – style them once and you’re good to go
  • No bedhead!
  • Get up and get out the door quickly because your hair is already styled
  • You might like your wig more than your natural hair

That all being said, we think Nano-link hair extensions are the best solution for many types of medical hair loss, and here are a few reasons why:

  • Extensions are semi-permanent
    • You don’t have to change them every day, and you don’t have to keep them forever – it’s a happy medium!
  • You get great hair in one day
    • No waiting for fittings or surgeries – come in for an appointment and in a few hours, walk away with a full head of hair!
  • Heat-style along with your natural hair
    • Besides taking a bit of care around where your extensions are attached, our (100% cuticle intact European Remy hair) extensions will blend in with your natural hair and you can curl and blow dry and straighten to your heart’s content
  • Tiny and light
    • Nano-link extensions are the most inconspicuous option on the market
    • They are so small they are almost invisible even in very fine hair
    • At 0.8 grams per strand, they are the lightest option out there, and therefore cause the least amount of strain on your natural hair of any extension variety
  • Your hair grows back but you don’t have to have an awkward in-between phase
    • That’s right – with Nanos in, your hair will look long and luscious even while it’s in that weird grow-out stage

We could go on, but you get the picture. The bottom line for us is that extensions allow our hair loss clients to look good and feel confident quickly and affordably.

Read all of our top 10 reasons why we recommend Nano-links for hair loss clients on our website.

Are you ready to talk to us about hair extensions for your hair loss?