Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses hair loss from hair extensions and other styles at ScarySymptoms.com


ScarySyptoms Hair Extensions Blog

Extensions have become wildly popular in recent years to help add volume, length and color to hair. However, before you consider trying this trend, it’s important to understand the issues that could arise. In a recent post on ScarySymptoms.com called, “Hair Loss from Clip-in Hair Extensions & Braids,” Dr. Schlessinger shares how hair extensions and tightly woven styles can cause hair loss.

Clip-in hair extensions can cause tension and pulling, cautions Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

The most important problem to keep in mind when it comes to clip-in extensions is the tension and pulling they can cause. Gradual hair loss from pulling force is called traction alopecia. It is most commonly seen in those individuals who frequently wear their hair in tight braids, buns or ponytails, but hair extensions are also a known culprit. The repetitive pulling or traction on hair roots can cause a prematurely receding hairline characterized by a sparse fringe of growth at the natural hairline. In the case of extensions, metal or plastic clips can weigh and drag hair down, causing a pattern of hair loss wherever they are placed. Extensions are also known to cause tangling, tearing and breakage when they get caught in hair, resulting in loss.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses treatment for traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia may cause scarring and permanent hair loss in some patients. For others, the condition is more temporary. The best thing you can do to address traction alopecia is remove all hair extensions and cease styling hair immediately. While permanent hair loss will not respond to topical treatments or supplements, you can prevent future loss.

For temporary hair loss from traction alopecia, certain supplements and topical solutions can help encourage healthy growth. Viviscal tablets contain a blend of vitamins and minerals that help strengthen and fortify hair at the root and promote healthy hair. These tablets nourish from within in four stages to help restore and replenish your tresses. Rene Furturer Triphasic Progressive Hair Loss Kit contains a pre-treatment, shampoo and fortifying treatment to increase microcirculation and help you achieve stronger, thicker, healthier hair.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger cites braided hairstyles as a leading cause of hair loss at his Omaha practice.

Hair extensions and tightly secured or plaited hairstyles are “a very significant cause of hair loss” at Dr. Schlessinger’s Omaha, Nebraska practice, and he recommends avoiding them if at all possible. However, if you choose to style your hair in braids or ponytails, you can secure or intertwine your stands more loosely. Dr. Schlessinger recommends styling hair in a low, loose ponytail with the hair tie away from the scalp. You can then braid the hair below the hair tie if you wish. This ensures that there is no traction or pulling between the scalp and the hair tie.


About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on April 17, 2015, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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