Hair extensions can sometimes cause hair loss. Whether to remove the extensions or change the type of extension is a decision made on a case by case basis. This is not always a simple answer. Sometimes the improvements that come with the patient using the extensions supercedes a small amount of hair loss that might come with wearing them. This makes removing the extensions less relevant - especially if this is a more permanent type of camouflaging option for the patient. If, however, the hair extensions are causing significant hair loss and the use of the extension is only temporary (and the long term goal is to improve the patient's hair), then the extensions should likely be removed or changed to reduce the chance of long term damage to the hair follicle and the scalp.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299