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Hello my lovelies! Today's topic is slightly different. It doesn't include a q&a on the subject, like my usual Topical Tuesday posts. It's something that I've had personal experience with, and not a particularly good one! So here's my story..
Hair extensions are a great way to add volume and length to your hair! I'd always wanted long hair so when my mum suggested getting me some clip-in extensions for my 17th birthday I couldn't believe my luck! I was so excited! When I first put them in I'd never felt so happy about my hair, I felt like it had completely transformed my image and even gave me some new-found confidence! It's incredible how such a small thing can really make a difference! I would wear my extensions almost every day, I loved them & felt almost naked without them! However after about 6 weeks of wearing my beautiful clip-in hair things started to go wrong..
Pictured below, me, never without my hair extensions!
I started getting headaches. At first they weren't too bad, just the odd one now and then. But soon enough they became more regular and very intense, they were unbearable! I had no idea that it could be my hair extensions that could be causing them until a very unpleasant visit from my hairdresser & childhood friend Stephanie! She told me that it was very likely that the extensions were causing my headaches, due to the weight of them & the fact that I wore them so regularly was pulling at my natural hair and by doing so making my head hurt! But the trouble didn't stop there..
I had noticed that my hair had been falling out. It wasn't falling out in handfuls or anything, I just noticed it felt a lot thinner than normal & I didn't really think much of this at the time & thought it was due to the bad condition of it from over-bleaching it. (never a good idea ladies!) however during this not-so-great appointment with Stephanie she told me that it was probably falling out because of my extensions! I didn't think the damage would be that bad, but after she had inspected my scalp told me that I had Alopecia! For those of you unfamiliar, Alopecia is when your hair falls out, either in patches or all over! I was one of the lucky ones & just had big bald patches at the back of my head. I know what you're thinking, lucky one?! But it beat being bald and I was just glad that I'd discovered it in time, before I lost all of my hair!
So after a few tears (and a big hug from my hairdresser!) I stood up and as much as it pained me, threw my extensions in the bin! I still can't believe that just wearing hair extensions could cause so much damage! I also found out that wearing them can also cause spots & bleeding of the scalp! (not attractive!) I've now not worn extensions since & my hair has now grown back! It's still not as long as I'd like it to be but I don't care! Having long hair really wasn't worth the risks that came with it!
|Now I'm happier than ever with my natural hair! :)|
So have any of you had a bad experience with your weave? Or are you lucky enough to be blessed with beautifully long hair? Let me know! :)