8 Reasons to Not Get Hair Extensions ...

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8 Reasons to Not Get Hair Extensions ...
8 Reasons to Not Get Hair Extensions ...

There are a number of very good reasons to not get hair extensions. Achieving instant long hair (well, after a few hours) sounds great - it has to beat growing your own, right? Hmm, not if you experience one of the typical problems that can happen when you have extensions. Here are some sound reasons to not get hair extensions …

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Damage

One of the major reasons to not get hair extensions is the damage they can cause. Extensions can cause serious damage to your hair. It may break off, and even worse, leave you with bald patches. This is due to the weight of the extensions pulling at your own hair. Is it worth the risk?

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Extensions often require tight braiding or bonding that puts tension on the hair follicles. Over time, this tension can lead to a condition known as traction alopecia, which is a form of gradual hair loss caused by a persistent pulling force. Additionally, the glue or heat used to apply some types of extensions can lead to breakage or weakened strands, especially if they're not installed or removed properly. Your natural hair might suffer, undermining the very beauty and fullness hair extensions are supposed to enhance. Is taking such a toll on your hair's health and vitality truly justifiable?

2

Same Look

When every other woman has hair extensions, they all start to look the same. Take a look at some of the many celebrities who wear extensions. There's very little to tell between them. The problem with extensions is that they give you lovely long hair, but that's very limiting. You just have a long-hair look.

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Additionally, hair extensions often come in a handful of popular styles and colors that are trending at the moment. With many opting for these limited options, the result is a uniformity that deprives women of their unique individuality. Sure, you might turn a few heads with your impeccably long locks, but without the natural quirks and distinct characteristics of your own hair, you risk being just another face in the crowd. The charm of personal style diversity is lost when we're all mimicking the same aesthetic.

3

Maintenance

There's a lot of maintenance involved once you get extensions. You've got to look after them properly, and could be back at the salon once a month. If you decide to stick with your new look, you'll be getting the extensions replaced perhaps every few months. That's a lot of time in the salon …

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Caring for extensions is no walk in the park. You'll need to use specific shampoos and conditioners that don't cause the bonds to weaken, and brushing your hair must be done with the utmost care to avoid tugging the extensions out. Activities as simple as sleeping and swimming require caution—you might end up needing a special silk pillowcase or a swim cap just to protect those pricey strands. And let's not even get started on the horror of matting if you neglect them. Each maintenance session also racks up more costs, so your wallet won't be getting a break either.

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Cost

You'll also spend a lot of money to maintain your extensions. If you want good quality ones that last, you'll pay an appropriately high price. Cheap extensions may be more affordable, but they won't last as long or be as good quality. With extensions, you definitely get what you pay for.

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Wrong Look

Long hair doesn't suit everyone, and so extensions may be an expensive mistake. The best thing is to try on a wig to see how long hair looks on you. You may find that as much as you'd like long hair, it doesn't like you. If that's the case, it's better to pass on having extensions.

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Obvious

It's usually pretty obvious that someone is wearing extensions. Often you can see the ends of the real hair over the extensions. They also have an unnaturally straight look. Okay, people are going to know you've had extensions when your hair apparently grows overnight, but do you want it to be obvious to everyone?

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They May Drop out

Extensions may drop out. Finding your lovely extensions all over the house would be bad enough, but if it happened when you were out that would be really embarrassing! And if you had them done for a special occasion, it would be truly mortifying if they dropped out.

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Exploitation

Using human hair may look more natural, but it may have a dark side. Your expensive extensions could be made from hair that a woman in India or Russia was paid a pittance for. Women who sell their hair do so because they are desperately poor - do you really want to benefit from their desperation?

You may opt for extensions because you are too impatient for your own hair to grow. But this quick fix may backfire. Long hair may look nice, but it requires maintenance - especially if you've got this look with extensions. What do you think of extensions - have they been problem-free for you, or have you had a disastrous experience?

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Where Thoughts and Opinions Converge

I didn't mind my clip in ones but I definitely got headaches because they were too heavy. I rarely used them and don't know

It's very unlikely to have hair falling out in your dinner, or get bald patches. This only happens if its not put in or taken out by a good stylist. You definitely will get what you pay for with extensions. The only problem I've encountered, is with glue ins you have to re-glue them if they get wet..this includes sweating. And with sew ins, it's not good to get them wet too often, and you do have to wrap your hair at night. Other than that, they help your hair to grow! You just have to know how to take care of them. Good hair can last up to 4 months-2 years depending how well you take care of them! Hope I helped!

Clip in hair extensions are great. If you get the right person to put them in they are not damaging or harmful at all and they should only be worn for the recommended length of time.

Tried all types of extensions over the years... Just decided to stop wearing them about 6 months and it's incredible how much better condition my hair is is now! Soo much thicker and softer, extensions left me with bald patches at the sides of my head from the weight of the hair pulling, never going back to them!

Good for you!!

My hair extensions were to die for they were expensive no lie they were great length hair extensions for my wedding I wish I could add a pic try were incredible they def were a lot of up keep but amazing

I got clip-in hair extensions today, and they're absolutely terrible. They don't match my hair colour, and because my hair is sort of a layered bob, the top layer of my real hair just sits on top of the extensions instead of over them, and it looks really stupid. They look so bad that I can't wear them in public. All I can say is thank god they were only clip-ins, and didn't cost a fortune. They were an early Christmas present, so at least I didn't have to spend my own money on them. Also, because my natural hair is really short, the back of my real hair can be seen easily through the extensions. They just look really bad, which is a pity, because as far as hair extensions go they look and feel pretty realistic (they're synthetic). I guess I'll just have to get longer hair the slow way now.

I have to agree with Kaitlyn! I have had hair extensions for 7 years!!!!! They are premium quality Great Lengths extensions which are donated for religious purposes! My husband is a hair dresser and is passionate about his profession and would never damage anyone's hair!

I've also known a lot of girls who wear clip ins and wasn't able to tell that it was fake hair as long as you don't get extensions that are drastically longer than your hair you should be fine

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