Whether we are scrolling through posts on social media or glancing at magazines in the grocery checkout line, we see images of (fabulously) styled celebrities and wonder how we too can achieve a picture-perfect mane.
What we sometimes don’t realize though, is that perfectly-curled hair that reaches down to their back may not be real. It may or may not come as a shock, but most celebrities have damaged hair, and need hair extensions to make their hair look as perfectly coifed as it does.
If you’ve never thought about hair extensions before, there are some great benefits to using them. For instance, they can make thin hair look fuller and more voluminous, and they can make short hair instantly longer. For anyone who has trouble growing their hair out, hair extensions can be a great solution to the constant battle of debating over whether or not hair has actually grown or not.
However, one thing to consider is that hair extension damage is a common issue, so it’s important to understand what you are getting yourself into before you take the plunge. For one, hair extensions are not cheap, and once you start using them, it can be hard to go back to the hair you had before you started using them.
For this blog, we called upon the advice of Two-time Emmy Award-winning Celebrity Hairstylist, Kiyah Wright for some helpful tips and tricks on how to style with Toppik on hair that may be experiencing damage due to the use of wearing different types of hair extensions, weaves or wigs.
Before we get started, let’s look at some of the types of damage that hair extensions can cause.
How Hair Extensions Damage Hair
While hair extensions can be a major confidence booster, they can be damaging to the overall growth and health of your hair if not probably cared for.
One thing to avoid when getting hair extensions is making sure that the hair extensions aren’t heavier than your own hair. If the extensions are too heavy, they can cause your hair to break off. Hair extension damage can also happen when the extensions are attached too tightly. This combination of weight and strain on the hair follicles can cause the hair to fall out, which is officially known as traction alopecia. When hair is frequently pulled, either by braids, extensions, or very tight ponytails, the hair around the edges or hairline begin to recede and permanent hair damage can occur.
To prevent traction alopecia from occurring, it’s important to make regular trips to your hairdresser when you have hair extensions in, so that the extensions can be removed and replaced as necessary. Even more crucial, is taking hair extensions out the moment you see they are causing damage to your hair.
Everything in moderation, right? There’s a right and wrong way to getting hair extensions, and as long as your hair stays healthy, hair extensions don’t have to be damaging to your hair in the long run.
Celebrity Hair Tips for Extension Maintenance
Celebrity Hairstylist, Kiyah Wright has redefined the appearance of some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
See below some of her favorite tips on how to use Toppik Hair Building Fibers to add fullness to thinning areas of your style:
How to cover thinning edges for a natural-looking hairline when wearing a lace front wig.
How to cover a bald patch or thinning area of hair caused by alopecia from extension damage.