Real Talk: Why Clip In Extensions are the way to go for Hair Extensions 2021

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

Instead of the fun spooky stories we have been doing weekly for the blog, we decided to switch it up and discuss the really scary side of extensions. If you are new to the vast world of hair extensions, make sure you read this before purchasing hair.

Hair Extensions Can Cause Damage to your Natural Hair, Leaving it Thin and Broken

Serious hair damage due to hair extensions is not simply a myth. Thinning and hair breakage can occur for permanent types of extensions. If heat, glue, or clamps are used to install your hair extensions, they likely will damage your natural hair. Before you decide on a particular type of hair extensions, make sure you know how they will be applied. Permanent hair extensions that are applied with glue or physically bonded to your hair do not allow your hair roots to breathe. Glued in extensions may pull on your natural hair and cause discomfort to your scalp. This is clearly not the way to go for extensions.

This is not just what happens from buying cheap extensions. The extensions that are causing this hair damage and breakage are from expensive, real human hair and synthetic hair. I know this well, because I used to purchase real human hair that was weaved on my head for years. Eventually I had lines across the back of my head from hair breakage. I needed to quit wearing extensions because I was losing hair and it took years for me to grow my hair back. Celebrities also have problems with hair extensions installed in these ways. Here is a picture of Britney Spears with serious hair breakage from her extensions.

Other celebrities that have spoken out about hair damage from extensions include Kim Kardashian, Chloe Ferry, Sophie Kasaei, Katy Perry, Kate Middleton, Lindsey Lopez, and Naomi Campbell. For more information, check out Becky Pemberton’s post from January, 2019.

CLIP-IN hair extensions, however, cause absolutely NO hair damage. This is because they are a non-permanent hair accessory. You can take them out to sleep at night and clip them in daily after you shower and style your own hair. More and more women are using clip-in hair daily to add volume and length to their own hair. If you properly care for the hair, unclip them in the evenings to allow your hair and roots to breathe, NO damage will occur to your hair. I have used clip-in extensions now for over ten years and never experienced the breakage or thinning that I did when I had hair weaved into my own hair. I use them whenever I want and clip them into different places on my head to make multiple hair styles with different colours of new generation synthetic hair.

You can Experience Headaches from Extensions

Since the hair is physically being attached to your head, your head will in fact be heavier. How heavy? This is another question we receive often. A full set of hair clips that are 18” are approximately 40 g (for one full head clip and two expression clips). So if you wear a full set of hair clips that are 18”, your head will feel exactly 40 g heavier. Usually this would not cause people headaches but there are cases where people have extremely sensitive nerves in their scalps. If you are someone that experiences headaches from putting your hair up in a ponytail, there is a way to fix this problem.

My pro tip for not getting headaches when wearing clip-in extensions is to clip them a centimetre lower than your scalp. This will pull on your hair less and you should have no headaches from wearing clip-in extensions.

Alopecia and Hair Extensions

Alopecia, also known as spot baldness causes hair loss in spots on the scalp. This affects approximately 2% of the population (males and females equally). In really extreme cases, all of the hair on the scalp and the body is lost and the damage could be permanent.

If you are experiencing alopecia, you would probably be interested in buying hair extensions to cover up bald patches. This may be a mistake. Before buying any hair, it is strongly suggested to consult your healthcare professional. It is important to find the reason for the hair loss, and even clip-in hair could aggravate some types of alopecia.

Using the Wrong Types of Extensions could Actually Kill You

The Sun and The Daily Mail both covered a story that called for a ban on certain types of hair extensions after finding out that the glue killed a woman. These articles are about the case of Atasha Graham (age 34) who had an anaphylactic reaction most likely attributed to the glue in her hair extensions. She had an allergic reaction that was suspected to be caused by latex adhesive used to install her extensions. Atasha had been wearing hair extensions since she was 20.

When they are applied to your head using glue and heat, they can lead to scalp infections if your head bleeds from the hair. The following are pictures of Jayne Richardson (27) after she bought £700 extensions.

Janyne Richardson ended up losing half of her hair from a botched job. Lynsey Haywood from The Sun reported this in February 2012.

How Scary are Hair Extensions?

Hair extensions can be really spooky causing hair damage, breakage, thinning and have even caused anaphylactic reactions leading to death. It is really important to research the hair before you buy it and make sure you look after it. Absolutely no damage will occur from buying N2D clip-in extensions when they are cared for and removed at night to let your hair breath. I love my N2D clip-ins and continue to wear them everyday.

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