Hair extensions have been used for years to create length and add volume to otherwise thin and lifeless hair. It’s always been popular with celebrities, especially those who are required to change their look for different roles in films and TV shows.

However, there have long been concerns about the consequences that hair extensions have on the scalp and hair. There have been hundreds of horror stories about people losing their hair, finding bald spots and even preventing the hair from ever growing back.

So what is the real truth behind the relationship between hair extensions and our hair? Are they a direct cause of hair loss?

The Different Types of Hair Extensions

There are many different types of hair extensions, as well as different ways to apply them to the hair. The most common type of extensions are the “clip in” kind. This are easily clipped in and out whenever they are needed.

You can also have extensions bonded into the hair, a process which takes hours but stays in the hair for many months. It’s this type of extensions (and the older way of gluing them) that seems to cause the most damage. This is simply because they are in the hair for a lot longer.

Traction Alopecia?

The use of hair extensions is often associated with a hair loss condition called traction alopecia. This is a type of gradual hair loss that is caused by a pulling force being applied to the hair. It involves a persistent pulling at the roots for an extended period of time. This is why hair extensions are often seen as causing this type of hair loss to happen.

The constant tension on the hair often leads to thinning of the hair and if continued, will eventually lead to hair falling out. It’s common to first notice the widening of the hair part.

So Where Does This Leave Extensions?

Ideally, people should avoid using hair extensions altogether. The disadvantages far outweigh the advantages; is it really worth losing your hair? However, if you do rely on hair extensions, we suggest that you stick to the clip in kind. You should only wear them for a few hours at a time and you shouldn’t wear them every day. Hair needs room to breathe – leave it natural whenever you can.


If you’ve been affected by hair loss, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at DHI Manchester. As leading specialists in hair restoration techniques, we have helped thousands suffering with premature hair loss.

To find out more about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can give us a call on 0161 839 3769 and we will be more than happy to provide you with more information.