Beware of Hair Extensions: They Cause Baldness

by Tanya Thomas on  January 3, 2009 at 9:22 AM Research News   - G J E 4
 Beware of Hair Extensions: They Cause Baldness
If severe hair loss is beckoning you to artificial hair extensions, here's a bit of a warning - skin experts are suggesting that such extensions that are attached to real tresses with glue may cause baldness in women.

According to researchers from American and Italian universities, the hairpieces, favored by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, can lead to thinning hair and even permanent bald patches.

Dermatologists say the extensions put too much tension on hair roots.

Experts say the extensions put such tension on follicles in the scalp that they can become inflamed causing hair to fall out - a condition known as traction alopecia, reports the Daily Star.

The study has been published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Fears over the growing use of extensions first hit the headlines two years ago, when Victoria Beckham was photographed with a sizeable bald patch after years of sporting false hair.

Kate Beckinsale, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears have also all been spotted with thinning hair after using extensions.

Now experts are calling for a ban on the extensions. Hair specialist Barry Stevens from the Trichological Society said: "This is a very real problem. Extensions should be banned.

"I've had people in tears at my clinic over this. The extensions can destroy the follicles so that hair cannot grow back."

Source: ANI

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