Hair Extensions Debunked: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction By: Elena Golescu Hair extensions are as diverse as the women who wear them. Options ranging from temporary clip-in extensions to long-term bonded hair extensions, there are so many choices for consumers to choose from. Hair extensions have recently grown in popularity do most in part to the media coverage of high profile celebrities. Women everywhere are looking for ways to obtain the highly sought after hairstyles worn by celebrities. The answer to achieving this celebrity hairstyle is hair extensions. Once a taboo topic, women are now talking about hair extensions openly. Since the lid has been blown off this hot topic, it is important to distinguish fact from fiction in regards to hair extensions. Hair Extensions Cause Damage to the Natural Hair One common misconception about hair extensions is that they cause damage to the individual’s existing hair. When hair extensions are used properly, damage will not occur to the hair. It is important, however, to only allow those professionally trained in hair extensions to apply them to the hair. Clip-in hair extensions are simple enough to use and do not require the assistance of a professional, but it is helpful for the individual to research the appropriate use of clip-in hair extensions prior to initial use. The shedding of hair is completely natural and will occur in both women who use hair extensions and those who do not. On average, women shed about 85 hairs a day and this natural hair loss may be the reason behind the myth that hair extensions cause hair damage. Hair Extensions Cannot Be Used in Those with Thin or Fine Hair Many women with thin or fine hair have long thought that they were not candidates for hair extensions and that extensions were reserved for only those with thick hair. Not only are hair extensions available for those with thin or fine hair, they are actually a great idea for those looking to add volume and length. Women with thin hair often have difficulty growing their hair passed their shoulders without it beginning to look unhealthy, which keeps many women from growing their hair to that long desired length. Hair extensions can help those women finally obtain the long hair that they have always dreamed of. There are many great hair extension options for women with thin and fine hair and it is beneficial for them to investigate which options are best for their hair type. Hair Extensions are Painful When hair extensions are applied correctly the individual wearing the extensions should not experience any discomfort. While some women with sensitive scalps may not feel as comfortable wearing hair extensions as others, they should never experience pain associated with the extensions. Different hair extension application techniques may provide those with sensitive scalps alternatives options which would help them achieve a comfortable fit. Maintaining Hair Color and Highlights are Not an Option Women who color and highlight their hair are sometimes worried that they will be unable to maintain their hair color while wearing hair extensions. Despite the concern, coloring and highlighting hair while wearing hair extensions is okay. When highlighting the hair, foils will be used to avoid any contact with the bonds. When coloring the roots it is important to not allow the chemicals to touch the bond as it can deactivate or ruin the extension. Selecting a well trained professional to apply hair color is the best option to prolong the life of the hair extensions and to protect them from any accidents that may arise by the mistakes of an amateur. Hair Extensions Cannot Be Worn in a Pool or the Ocean The quality of the hair extensions and their appearance will not be affected when wet. Chlorine and salt water are both gentle on the hair extensions. Many women worry that when their hair is wet that the bonds of the hair extensions will be noticeable to others and this isn’t possible. Hair extensions look just as fabulous wet and they do dry. Others Will Be Able To Tell That You Are Wearing Hair Extensions Hair extensions will look 100% natural if they are applied properly. Those who have had professional training in the application of hair extensions will know exactly how to color, cut, and the best spots to apply the extensions. Hair extensions are only detectable when done by a non-professional. The fact that there are so many different techniques and options regarding hair extensions make it possible for most women to have excellent, undetectable results regardless of their hair type.