Hair extensions can lead to baldness

January 2nd, 2009 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, Jan 2 (ANI): Hair extensions, which are attached to real tresses with glue, can make women go bald, skin experts have warned.

According to researchers from American and Italian universities, the hairpieces, favoured by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, can lead to thinning hair and even permanent bald patches.

Dermatologists say the extensions put too much tension on hair roots.

Experts say the extensions put such tension on follicles in the scalp that they can become inflamed causing hair to fall out - a condition known as traction alopecia, reports the Daily Star.

The study has been published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Fears over the growing use of extensions first hit the headlines two years ago, when Victoria Beckham was photographed with a sizeable bald patch after years of sporting false hair.

Kate Beckinsale, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears have also all been spotted with thinning hair after using extensions.

Now experts are calling for a ban on the extensions. Hair specialist Barry Stevens from the Trichological Society said: This is a very real problem. Extensions should be banned.

Ive had people in tears at my clinic over this. The extensions can destroy the follicles so that hair cannot grow back. (ANI)

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