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Do Extensions Damage Your Hair?

Do Extensions Damage Your Hair?

Can Extensions Ruin Your Natural Hair?

If you've ever considered getting hair extensions, then you've probably asked yourself: can hair extensions damage my natural hair? The answer is yes—but there are many ways to protect your natural hair. There are plenty of factors to consider when deciding whether extensions are right for you and your hair type. Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of wearing extensions and what you can do to minimize potential damage to your natural hair.

Do Extensions Cause Damage?

With the right knowledge and care, extensions can be a great addition to your beauty arsenal. But, like anything, there can be downsides and there are potential risks involved in wearing them.

In general, it is important to remember that all types of hair extensions can cause damage if they are applied incorrectly or not taken care of properly. There are two main ways that this can happen:

  • Improper installation: The most common way for extensions to cause damage is through improper installation. Whether you have clip ins or semi permanent extensions, the installation process matters. Incorrect placement, attachment method and tension can result in breakage or even bald patches where the extensions were attached. This is called traction or tension alopecia. The best way to avoid this type of damage is to only have them installed by a certified stylist who works with extensions. If you have never worn clip ins, make sure you watch our video to ensure you are applying them correctly. QALI Clip Ins are super easy to install and with fewer attachment points, there's less likelihood of damage.
  • Improper care: Even if you have your extensions applied by a professional and they look great when you leave the salon, there is still a chance that they could cause damage over time if not properly cared for. This can happen in two ways: improper brushing and poor maintenance. When it comes to brushing, you need to get proper instructions from your stylist based on the type of extension method you have.

    For our QALI method, brushing between the wefts is required daily. It's crucial that the right type of brush is used to ensure the bristles don't pull the bonds out. Our QALI Tangle Free Brush is perfect for this! If you don't brush your extensions regularly, there is a risk of matting and mattes can lead to tension, resulting in hair loss.

    For maintenance, it's important that you follow the appropriate maintenance schedule for your installation method. If you wait too long between appointments, there is a higher chance your natural hair will be compromised. For clip ins, they should be always be removed before sleeping, swimming or other
    ... bedroom activities lol.

Wearing hair extensions can cause damage if you are not careful.

Hair extensions are a great way to add length and volume to your hair, but if not properly cared for, they can cause damage. Damage can be caused by:

  • Poor quality extensions (or the wrong kind of extensions)
  • Improper installation
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Infrequent brushing

Styling your hair with heat tools will also damage your natural hair, as well as the extensions. To avoid this, you should only use heat tools after you apply a heat protectant product. Our fav is Evo's Happy Campers!

Before installing your extensions, know the risks and make a plan to protect your real hair.

There are many things to consider when deciding whether or not to wear extensions. Not only will you have to make sure that the extensions are suitable for your hair type, but you'll also need to consider the impact on your natural hair over time. The longer you want to wear extensions, the more care you will need to take to ensure your natural hair can handle them.

If you love your extensions and want to continue wearing them for the long haul, we recommend taking care of your hair from the inside out. Take appropriate supplements that encourage hair growth (always check with your physician), drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet. The best hair, skin and nails are a byproduct of taking great care of our bodies!


We hope this blog has helped clarify some of the risks associated with wearing hair extensions. It’s important to note that while we love extensions and want your hair looking amazing all the time, sometimes they can actually cause damage if you're not careful with how you wear them. Whether you decide to go for extensions or not, it's totally up to you—but hopefully you feel well informed and confident in your decision after reading this. xo


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