After finishing my homework assignments last night, I was surfing the internet and reading random news stories. I came across this interesting article out of the UK, about the dangers associated with hair extensions. We have all heard a bad weave story,
or a story about bad hair extensions. Some of us may have even experienced it
ourselves, personally, and or professionally. Many have suffered breakage and
hair loss, that can take years to recover from. In some situations, the hair
may never make a full recovery. A group of Trichologists (scientists that
study the hair and scalp) in the UK have come together, to call for a
ban of hair extensions in their country. Check out the article below.
One of the biggest hair science
groups in the UK has called for a ban on hair extensions.
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 organization says that’s leading
to more young women suffering from hair problems such as bald patches and
“People who have hair extensions
usually have high hopes they’ll look and feel good but very often it ends in
tears,” the BBC quoted Barry Stevens, a hair scientist who runs the group, as
“There can be quite serious
consequences wearing them for a long period. They are capable of destroying
hair permanently,” he said.
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.
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,” he stated.
He also says because hair extensions
have grown in popularity, buying the hair is much cheaper than it used to be
and more salons are offering to put them in at a reasonably cheap price.
“The quality of hair can make a big
difference. Any poor quality hair will snag with brushing and combing and
eventually rip your hair out,” he added.
But Shola Rose, who’s been a
hairdresser in London for more than 12 years, doesn’t agree with calls to ban
“If you have extensions, you should
have them done properly, in terms of how often you have them removed and have
them washed,” she said.
“If your hairdressers tell you to
have a break, then you should take one, not go to another shop. Only qualified
hairdressers should apply them.
“Some hair salons do them at a
bargain price and the hair is of a poor quality. I do think there should be a
governing body for hairdressers which we don’t have at the moment in the UK,”
Eighteen-year-old student Sonja
Elair from Clapham in London regularly has hair extensions.
“Hair extensions are generally quite
good but it all depends on how you have them done,” she said.
“If you use a lot of glue then it
can damage your hair but if you sew-in the hair it actually grows it.
Canerowing your hair also helps grow it.
“You should stick to one person
doing your hair as they’ll be able to monitor your hair on a regular basis,”
It will be interesting to see if The Trichology Society wins their case, and if a ban will be placed on hair extensions in the UK. Would hair weaves be included in this ban? How would this affect the hair industry across the pond? There are many things that would probably come into consideration in this case.
I didn't share this article to take a jab at those who choose to wear weaves or extensions. No matter how you choose to wear your hair, you should do your research and be well informed about your choice. A little research can save your hair, and your hard earned money.
Labels: Hair Around the Globe, Hair Loss, Hair Weaves and Extensions