Hair extensions, hair loss and the hair care industry are all part of the same conversation.
But is there one topic more fraught with controversy than that?
For the past year, the topic has been growing louder and more contentious.
A recent survey from the Hair Loss Forum, a hair loss advocacy group, found that more than a quarter of American adults think extensions should be banned.
But that doesn’t mean extensions are completely off the table for women with thinning hair or those who have naturally thinning ends.
Here are some of the more controversial topics and how to talk about them:• How do you decide which products are appropriate for your hair loss?• How much can you use on one hair?• Is there a benefit to wearing extensions?• Are hair extensions safe for people with genetic hair loss (GHL)?• What about the side effects of using extensions?
It all depends on the type of hair loss you have, the products you use, and how much you can control the length of your hair.
And yes, there are products out there for those who are on the fence about using hair extensions, as well.
The Hair Loss forum survey also found that nearly a third of Americans are worried about the price tag for hair extensions.
The survey asked, “Would you be willing to pay a higher price to save your hair?”
Nearly half of respondents said they’d be willing, while nearly one-third said they weren’t sure.
That’s not to say there are no options out there.
Hair extensions can cost up to $100 per pair for women in the Midwest and $50 to $70 for women who have thinning or curly hair.
A similar survey found that women with GHL are more likely to want to purchase hair extensions than those with normal hair.
If you’re worried about how much of an extra cost to you, consider the number of people who wear extensions each day.
According to the survey, about 30 percent of women have been using hair extension products for at least a year.
The same survey found women who use hair extensions use them every day for about half of their lives.