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Hair Extensions and Weaving

By: Jody Ehrhardt - Updated: 23 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Hair extensions and the weaving of those extensions are a common hairstyling trick used to add volume and thickness to thinning hair. There are a variety of ways in which hair extensions can be applied, although depending on the technique and stylists, extensions and weaving can sometimes lead to further Hair Loss.

Extension Application Techniques

There are two main types of hair extensions: real human hair and artificial hair. Real hair is preferred by most individuals but it is also much more expensive than extensions made of synthetic hair. For both types there are three main types of application:
  • Clip-on extensions – these extensions come attached to a hair clip for easy application and removal at home. Simply attach the clip to your existing hair for added volume, length or thickness.
  • Weaves – this type of hair extension is actually woven into the hair at the root. This application also provides added thickness, volume and length, but the tight technique can lead to further hair loss or damage to existing hair.
  • Individual hair strand placement – this is a type of hair extension in which individual hair strands are placed just below the scalp (attaching to the natural hair) through a technique called tying all over the scalp. This technique also provides added thickness and volume and must be done by a professional stylist. While this technique is not as damaging to hair as weaving, it can still cause damage to hair or hair thinning.

Benefits and Side Effects of Hair Extensions and Weaving

Hair extensions and weaving can offer many wonderful benefits, including giving hair a more voluptuous, healthy look. For many individuals hair extensions offer a great alternative to thinning hair and hair loss. However, temporary hair extensions can fall out easily, must be removed before bathing or swimming, and can be blown off in the wind. When hair extensions are woven into existing hair they offer a more permanent solution for thinning hair and hair loss.

However, depending on the method you choose, hair extensions and weavings can also lead to further hair loss or thinning. When the weave is done too tightly it can pull on existing hair and lead to premature shedding. Weaving can also damage hair follicles causing breakage at the point of attachment. To help reduce the chance of damage or shedding, professional stylists should only apply extensions and proper care should be taken of existing hair and extensions as long as they are attached.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Hair Extensions

For some people, particularly those who have lost a lot of hair, the use of hair extensions and weaving can offer great benefits. Since hair loss can be very embarrassing for some individuals, this technique can give them the opportunity to hide their condition and enjoy daily activities with a full head of voluminous hair.

However, since the technique can be damaging to existing hair strands, individuals need to think about the risks of the procedure. If you have very little hair, extensions may not be worth it because of the risk of increased hair loss. But, if you are experiencing severe hair loss, extensions can offer a way to avoid baldness until another technique, such as the Wearing Of A Wig, becomes necessary.

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Dreadlocks can cause damage to hair if they are not properly cared for. Find out more about how to maintain dreadlocks in our article Dreadlocks And Hair Loss.

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RE: sure's comment......did you get the weave done and was it successful? did you get any other side effects?? i am getting a weave put in, in a couple of days and wanted advise like you! :) x
nic1975 - 29-Nov-11 @ 11:02 AM
I decided to undergo Hair weaving treatment since I lost hair mostly on the mid of scalp. I feel better this one comparing to hair transplantation. If I go for bonding I need to remove and fix every now and then. so I feel weaving will be quite good. could you pl suggest. will not be any other side effects If i take maintenance once in a 3 months. pls reply
sure - 21-Sep-11 @ 2:19 PM
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