An experienced consultant will confirm that extensions will enhance the volume, length and overall appearance of natural hair. The success of this however relies on strong, existing natural hair that is evenly distributed across the scalp.
It’s a fact that extensions place stress on the follicle and natural hair must be strong enough to withstand glueing or bonding. Strong hair is not simply about maintaining a good external condition. Hair is composed of protein – therefore a protein-rich diet can promote the growth of healthy, strong hair. Consider boosting your internal protein levels by incorporating eggs, nuts, chicken, beef and cheese into your diet.
Good quality real hair extensions are supplied in the form of clip-in extensions or bonded. The benefit of clip-in is that they place less strain on natural hair and offer more versatile styling options. Clip-in extensions can be applied in a matter of minutes. Bonded extensions take several hours to apply, using a special heated bonding appliance. Only a trained expert should apply your extensions and, done properly, the extensions can last for several months.
A qualified hair loss consultant will also confirm that the best use of extensions is for cosmetic purposes – in other words, to boost length and overall appearance of your hair. Unfortunately extensions are not an effective solution to overcome hair loss or severe thinning on the crown. Many individuals opt for extensions as a first port of call to restore or enhance their hair – but if growth is patchy on top of the scalp, extensions will not conceal the problem. In addition, because of the stress that the product places on hair follicles, there is a real risk of further hair loss occurring.
If you are experiencing patchy hair loss i.e. a form of alopecia – then it is important to firstly seek advice from your GP. Alopecia has several variations – alopecia areata is very common and looks like small patches of hair loss across the scalp. You will most likely be recommended alternative hair restoration solutions. This does not necessarily mean you will need a full coverage wig. Thanks to advances in technology, a new non-surgical procedure called Hair Integration can restore the appearance of your hair by blending natural hair with a colour-matched, real hair enhancement. This is a custom-made procedure and the end result is an instant, full head of hair. Many individuals who discover they cannot wear real hair extensions really benefit from undergoing Hair Integration.