The desire for long, luxurious hair is common amongst women, but there is no short-cut to growing your hair overnight. So, many women turn to the quick fix of hair extensions, which are a simple and easy way to add length and thickness to your hair in no time at all.
Whats wrong with hair extensions?
When hair extensions are worn for short periods, and applied safely by professionals, you are unlikely to sustain significant damage to your hair. But when used often, and applied poorly, hair extensions can cause a strain on your hair that leads to "traction alopecia". Traction alopecia is hair loss that happens over a long period of time from putting your hair under constant tension causing it to fall out.
- Clip-in extensions are easy to apply and remove, but their weight can place a constant pulling force on the hair to which they are clipped.
- Weave extensions are sewn into your braided hair using a needle and thread. If the braids are applied too tight the process can put a strain on your scalp.
- Glue-in extensions are glued to your scalp. They have to be removed using a solution to dissolve the glue. The glue can damage your real hair and during the removal process some hair can get pulled out, a bit like waxing.
BUT, traction alopecia is not just caused by hair extensions - another common cause is the "Croydon facelift" where the hair is pulled back tightly and tied in a bun or ponytail at the back, so that the skin of the forehead and face are pulled up and back, producing the temporary effect of a facelift. However, this puts a huge strain on your hair and if done continuously will lead to thinning hair.
How can we fix the problem?
At Face & Body we are experts in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments to restore hair strength and stop hair thinning. We use "Regenlab A PRP" which promotes the regeneration of the hair bulb environment by increasing the blood supply and enhancing the follicular cell proliferation resulting in stronger and thicker hair.
How do we do it?
We take a couple of small vials of your blood in a similar manner to giving a blood sample at your GP. We then centrifuge your blood to separate the platelets and plasma from the red blood cells to leave homogenised PRP.
Your PRP is then injected into your scalp using a special devise that delivers the PRP to the correct hair follicle depth. For your comfort, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. Your hair will be sticky after the treatment and we ask to leave it overnight, but you can wash it the following morning with a mild shampoo. Typically 3-6 treatments are required.
Traction alopecia occurs slowly and it takes time to reverse the effects, because we have to work with the natural cycle of hair growth. So, patience is required as it will take about 6 months after the third treatment to see stronger, thicker hair. But you will start to notice a reduction in hair falling out much sooner.
If you have thinning hair along your parting, or at points where you have perviously had hair extensions, then arrange a consultation with me to discuss PRP as a possible solution.