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The Risks of Hair Extensions
Also known as hair weaves, hair extensions are made from synthetic or human hair that’s glued onto or sewn into natural hair to add volume or length. Although some in India are only recently opting for this expensive and temporary solution, in the US, hair extensions have been growing in popularity since the 1950s. So we have to read and learn about the long term damage from their experiences, or we might soon fall for the same false promises and learn the hard way.
Most extensions are either glued on or sewn in. When extensions are glued on, glue is applied to the base of the extension and attached to a client’s natural hair. For sewn-in extensions, stylists create small, tight braids in a client’s hair and then sew the base of the extension into the braids with a needle and thread.
The process sounds simple enough, but hair extensions have been linked to chronic headaches, scalp sensitivity, and hair loss. In the January 2012 issue of Instyle, Jennifer Aniston shared the reason behind her trend-setting shoulder-length angled bob – hair extensions had caused her long hair to become so thin that it looked fake. She was probably experiencing the beginnings of traction alopecia, a type of gradual hair loss caused by hair being pulled tightly. (Women who wear unusually tight braids or ponytails are also at risk.) Depending on the severity of the hair loss and the length of time it goes untreated, traction alopecia can permanently damage hair follicles.
Popcorn Lung- Are Young People at Risk?
The glue Formaldehyde used in the hair-extensions procedure is carcinogenic and could cause serious medical conditions such as cancer and popcorn lung among others.
Sometimes the first warning signs are scalp sensitivity and headaches. Dr. Orly Avitzur, a medical adviser for Consumer Reports, shares the story of Randee Bank, a woman who loved the look of her extensions enough to put up with the headaches they caused and only stopped wearing them when she noticed several bald spots on her scalp. After seeking the help of a dermatologist, she learned that her hair follicles were damaged and that her hair loss was permanent.
Bank describes a vicious cycle, explaining why she wore the extensions every day despite the pain they caused: “When you take them out, you look like a rat has chewed on your hair, so it becomes addictive and leaves you with little choice but to put them back in to hide the damage they’ve already caused.”
The everyday use Bank describes is closely tied to hair follicle damage,
All in all both glue-in and sewn-in extensions are semi-permanent and would require expensive trips to the salon for attachment or removal. Summing up to possibly be a temporary solution, that could leave us with permanently damaged hair follicles and a substantial hole in the pocket.
Please do see pic on left and read the review below to see the successful results achieved in repairing early damage done in the case of a hair-extensions user. With continuous progress since the first-month use of ’21 days new hair roots’. The superb results were possible within 6 weeks of following the program regularly.
The most common side effect is scarring, and this cannot be avoided with any procedure. Other potential side effects include:
Minoxidil and Propecia can also have side effects, such as:
Presently in India I have been hearing names like cystine, keratin, brazilian blowout- hair smoothing, rebonding, Olaplex etc. In near future will be tempted with more expensive and also long term damaging chemical treatments for smoothening, de-frizzing etc. Don't be fooled by new names the chemicals are still there, be it Acai Professional Smoothing Solution, Acai Therapy, Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Brasil Cacau, Cadiveu, Chocolate Extreme De-Frizzing
Keratin hair treatment is a popular hair smoothing process that defrizzes your hair. Learn about the pros and cons of this treatment.
There is a lot of buzz in the media about the beautiful results one can achieve with keratin treatments. The idea of a keratin salon treatment is to make hair smoother, sleeker, straighter and easier to style. Unfortunately the health risks and side effects associated with this kind of treatment are unknown to the consumer. It’s important get the whole picture before going in for a Keratin hair treatment.
Here is the down low on Keratin.
Keratin is a protein that exists naturally in hair. The treatment is initiated with the stylist applying a mixture of keratin and formaldehyde (a strong preservative) to the hair, which fills in the gaps in each hair shaft and then “seals” the mixture into the hair follicles using an extremely hot flat iron. At this high temperature, the liquid formaldehyde converts to gas vapours. Yes, formaldehyde gas—swirling in a hot cloud all around your head. It sounds outrageous, like it ought to be illegal, doesn't it?
Whether inhaled or absorbed through the skin, formaldehyde is linked to a host of health problems including irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and lungs, as well as dizziness. Even short-term exposure can cause asthma-like symptoms, while long-term exposure can cause permanent central nervous system damage and on-going pulmonary problems. According to Amy McMichael, MD, Professor of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, “There is good data to support a link between formaldehyde and the development of leukaemia.”
Salon professional tend to recommend repeating the treatment every 8 to 12 months which increase the amount these women are exposed to formaldehyde.
A Threat by any other name
A spotlight was thrown on these health risks by the FDA a few years ago and to counteract this claim, salons began offering “no-formaldehyde” and “low-formaldehyde” treatments. Unfortunately these treatments are problematic too for the reasons listed below:
· Certain products that claim to be formaldehyde-free were found, when tested by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to still contain significant levels of formaldehyde.
· Other formaldehyde-free hair-smoothing products contain ingredients that turn into formaldehyde when they break down during the heat application portion of the salon treatment! Ingredients that are synonyms for or that break down into formaldehyde include formalin, formic aldehyde, methanol, methylene glycol, methylene oxide, oxomethane and oxymethylene.
· The truly formaldehyde-free products don’t do much to smooth out the hair shafts, leaving many consumers dissatisfied.
· The low-formaldehyde products, while not as toxic as the original formulations, still carry health risks.
The ever-present TOXIN
But just because your salon uses a product called something other than Brazilian Blowout doesn’t make it safe. Other products that expose you to formaldehyde during treatment include Acai Professional Smoothing Solution, Acai Therapy, Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Brasil Cacau, Cadiveu, Chocolate Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment, Copomon/Coppola, Express Blow Out, Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, Marcia Teixeira Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Marcia Teixeira Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment, Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment, Professional Brazilian Blowout Solution, Soft Chocolate Gentle Smoothing Treatment and Soft Gentle Smoothing Treatment.
Bottom line: At this point, there is no effective salon-performed, keratin-based hair-smoothing product that can be considered completely safe, according to Dr. McMichael. If you have been receiving keratin treatments, it’s time to give serious consideration to stopping. Even if you have not noticed any negative effects as yet, it doesn’t mean that you’re immune—cumulative exposure only increases your risk.
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