Lindsay Lohan Hair Loss: Traction Alopecia and Hair Extensions
Lindsay Lohan was snapped at E. Baldi restaurant this week showing what appears to be a case of Traction Alopecia caused by hair extensions. Known for her signature thick red locks, you can clearly see small bald patches forming at the starlet’s crown. Despite the media hype, shock and horror surrounding Lohan’s exposed scalp (you’d think a small animal had been found inhabiting her hair), hair loss from extensions is much more common than assumed.
While hair extensions offer an immediate psychological boost, they can really wreak havoc on your hair and scalp. The constant weight of the extensions on the hair can break it, pull it out, and can eventually lead to bald patches of permanent hair loss if the hair grows back and continues to be tugged from the scalp. They can also inadvertently cause poor hair and scalp hygiene because shampooing is made tricky and tedious.
However, saying no to hair extensions can be difficult. And taking out hair extensions can lead to mental distress. Especially if you have fine hair, are experiencing hair loss or simply don’t want to wait for your hair to grow. They’re a great ‘quick fix’. Many celebrities, such as Lohan, Katie Price, Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton are fans.This may in part be due to public scrutiny and also the pressure to constantly evolve and change looks. However, restrictive dieting and an unhealthy lifestyle can also lead to hair thinning. And so the vicious cycle begins…thinning hair made even thinner by extensions, so that even more are needed… and round and round it goes.
However, not all celebrities are hair extensions advocates. As Jennifer Aniston told Harper’s Bazaar magazine in a 2006 interview “Nothing destroys your hair faster than hair extensions. I decided to have a couple of extensions, never knowing you end up with 400 things in your hair that cause your hair to break off.”
If you want to try extensions, by all means do so – they can look fabulous when done correctly. Just make sure not to wear them for too long or too often. We suggest restricting their use to special occasions.
However, if you’re losing your hair, it probably is best to get to the root of the problem and put as little stress on your hair and scalp as possible. The interim period of having thin hair may be very frustrating and upsetting, but taking care of your hair while treating the loss will benefit your tresses to no ends. And, as your hair improves, you will probably find that you won’t feel the need to use hair extensions after all.