Are your hair extensions causing your hair loss?

Wanting long, luxurious hair is something a lot of people lust after. There is no quick fix to growing your hair overnight and according to the Harley Street Hair Clinic (HSHC) many people turn to the quick fix of hair extensions.

Hair loss is very common and it can happen for a number of different reasons from genes to stress. Often the question is asked if certain hairstyles, dying your hair and even the use of hair extensions can cause hair loss. Below HSHC explore the different types of hair extensions and if they can be responsible for hair loss.

What are hair extensions?

Hair extensions are an accessory that can be added to your pre-existing hair in order to add extra length and thickness to your natural hair. They can be purchased in a variety of different colours, and can also be dyed to match your hair and can be made from either real or synthetic hair.

Hair extensions come in a number of different types and they can be added to the hair in a number of different ways including; clipped, weaved, glued, taped, and even micro looped. The different types of hair extensions are all fitted to the hair in a different way and last for a different period of time and can all affect the hair.

Are hair extensions safe?

As discussed above, there are many different types of hair extensions, all of which are applied with different methods, some are safer and cause less damage to the hair than others. We’re going to walk you through the different types and the pros and cons of each.

Clip in hair extensions

One very popular hair extension method is having the extensions clipped into the hair. Clipped hair extensions are semi-permanent and the extensions are attached by clipping small sections of the fake hair to sections of your real hair.

Clip in extensions are good as you can put them in and remove them as and when you wish, the semi-permanent method means you can wear them for a special occasion and then take them out straight after. However, if you wear the extensions on a daily basis the clips and hair can become quite heavy and put a strain on the hair they’re clipped into. This can cause the hair to become thin where the extensions are clipped in.

Glue in hair extensions

Glue in hair extensions are simply sections of hair that are glued to the scalp, as closely to the hairline as possible. These extensions are a more permanent solution, as they have to be removed by the use of a solution to dissolve the glue. If the extensions are not placed in the right place, the glue can damage your real hair and during the removal process some hair can get caught and pulled out.


Weaves are created by braiding the hair into cornrows across the parting and then using a needle and thread extensions are attached. Weaves are very long lasting, however, if they are applied too tight, they can put a huge strain on the scalp which if repeated can lead to thinning and balding around the weave. Similar to clip in extensions the overuse of getting a weave can cause traction alopecia.

Micro loops

Micro loops are one of the most popular types of hair extensions and can last for 6 to 9 months. Small strands of hair are looped around your natural hair and then clipped. Micro loops if fitted properly are the least damaging to your hair. However, depending on the number of strands you have added to your hair they can put a great deal of weight and strain on the hair and scalp.

HSHC's top tips when getting extensions

Like most things to do with our hair and health, it is ok in moderation. Hair extensions can cause strain on our hair, which can, in turn, lead to traction alopecia if you continue to have hair.

The advice is that you get your hair extensions applied by a professional, this will lower the risk of the extensions putting any strain on your natural hair causing hair loss.

If you’ve suffered with hair loss that you believe is due to wearing hair extensions please feel free to contact HSHC for a no obligation consultation where one of their hair loss specialists will assess your hair loss and find a suitable treatment for you.

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