Hair Extension Problems: The Common Causes

Hair extensions may seem durable, but they can fail at times. Below are a few likely scenarios for falling hair extensions and how to solve them.

Clip-in Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions don’t carry the same risk of allergic reactions as hair glue does. On top of that, they can be attached and removed at any time. Without a firm base for the clips to grip on, however, any dynamic movement puts the extensions at risk of falling off. It’s essential for clip-in extensions to have a good grip, mainly by using strong-hold hair spray.

Loss of Adhesion

Hair extensions have a special adhesive designed to help stick to the scalp, not regular glue or super glue. Keratin is a common ingredient for hair extension glue, given that it’s the same ingredient that makes up the human hair. While it’s important to remove excess glue, it’s also important to make sure there’s enough of it left to maintain adhesion.

Sulfates in Shampoo

Sulfates became a staple in the shampoo industry in 1930 with Procter & Gamble’s Royal Drene Shampoo. As surfactants, they attract water and oil, allowing you to rinse the dirt off your hair. They may not cause cancer (indeed, it’s a myth), but they can damage the keratin in both your hair and hair extensions. That’s why salons often suggest using sulfate-free shampoo.


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