For many women, wearing a weave or extensions is a popular way to change up their hairstyle, adding length, volume, and even color. However, these hairstyles can be damaging to your natural hair if proper precautions and care are not taken.
Wearing a weave or extensions often requires women to tightly pull their natural hair, which can cause breakage, hair loss, and damage to hair follicles. In some cases, hair follicle damage can lead to permanent hair loss. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening.
To prevent hair damage from extensions or weaves, dermatologists recommend the following tips:
- First, get your natural hair in good shape. It's essential to take care of your natural hair before getting a weave or extensions. Ensure that your hair is clean and free of product buildup, and use conditioner to keep it moisturized and strong. This hair care routine should continue during and between wearing a weave or extensions to maintain healthy hair.
- Second, see a professional stylist. Always have a professional stylist install your weave or extensions. Pay attention to any discomfort during installation; if it hurts or feels too tight, the hairstyle is too tight. Tight hairstyles can cause traction alopecia, a form of hair loss caused by repeated pulling on the hair, which can be permanent. Ask your stylist to loosen the affected area if you experience any pain.
- Third, keep your hairstyle clean. Wash your hair as needed for your hair type. If you wear clip-in extensions, remove them before washing your natural hair. Use a gentle, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep your scalp clean and hydrated.
- Fourth, protect your edges. Edges, the delicate hair that grows around your hairline, need special care. Use water-based styling gels and moisturize with conditioner. Avoid heated styling tools as much as possible.
Finally, switch up your hairstyle. To maintain healthy hair, take a break from weaves or extensions every two to three months. Try a hairstyle without them to give your hair a break.
By following these tips, you can help extend the longevity of your hair while wearing extensions or weaves. For the best results, consider Dellarose Official hair extensions. They are made from high-quality materials and are designed to be gentle on your natural hair, minimizing the risk of damage or breakage. If you have concerns about caring for your hair or hair loss, consult a board-certified dermatologist to get the right advice.