Know Your Extensions!

The popularity of hair extensions has risen enormously in recent years until what was once the preserve of the rich has now gone mainstream as more and more women seek to emulate their favourite celebrity, transform naturally thin hair into long thick flowing locks or look their fairy princess best for a wedding or other special occasion.

And who can blame them? Thick luxuriant locks are what we all desire.

Unfortunately for some women, their cherished extensions can actually cause the very problem they dread most, hair loss, particularly if they have fine, thin or weak hair, prone to breakage or loss through traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia is caused by a pulling sensation on the hair follicle, which creates scalp tension and can cause hair loss over a period of time. This can be exacerbated by the weight of the extensions used and the hairstyle chosen, particularly tight ponytails, buns or up-dos. You will often see young women who continually scrape their hair tightly back off their face in ‘Croydon Facelift’ ponytail style also suffering from this type of hair loss at the temples and sides. Sometimes this type of hair loss grows back if the cause of damage is removed, sometimes it doesn’t.

It is therefore worth doing some research on the different types of hair extension before making a decision. In most cases, hair extensions are applied directly to the hair or scalp with clips, bonds, tapes or using a weaving method.

Clip-in extensions are particularly popular among women, being cheap, cheerful, quick to insert and readily available in most party or beauty shops. These can be great for a night out, but can damage the natural hair if worn to bed or while bathing or using the swimming pool, or worn long-term. Fused hair extensions can also damage hair and cause significant hair loss.

Fusion extensions are applied using a technique called fusion bonding. With hot fusion bonding, a professional hair stylist applies the extensions with a bonding adhesive and a heating element to attach the hair extension to your natural hair at the base of your scalp.

Cold fusion bonding is applied in a similar way, but the hair extension is applied by weaving small sections of hair through a micro link tube, which is then tightened with a weaving plier. Cold fusion extensions are thought to be gentler on the hair since there is no heat applied.

Instead of using glues and heat to bond, thus requiring chemical or heat removal, we at Aspiration use our advanced “Micro Ring System™” which inserts and removes without any type of chemical or heat required – offering an altogether kinder-to-hair solution. In addition our extensions are carefully strand matched and tailored to your existing cut, shape and colour using real human hair.

No hair extension method can guarantee not to cause any damage, but we believe ours is the kindest of all.