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Call for hair extension ban

8th February 2010

The Trichological Society has said hair extensions should be outlawed in the UK because they can lead to hair disorders.


The society said increasing numbers of hair salons were offering extensions at reduced rates and some staff did not know how to do the extensions in the correct way.

It added that more women were suffering from hair disorders such as baldness and alopecia because of poorly done extensions.

Barry Stevens, the scientist in charge of the society, said: "People who have hair extensions usually have high hopes they'll look and feel good but very often it ends in tears."

"There can be quite serious consequences wearing them for a long period. They are capable of destroying hair permanently," he added. 

Mr Stevens said some women had pursued legal action after their hair was damaged by badly administered hair extensions.

He explained: "Hair extensions pull out one's natural hair. They're heavy, don't absorb water easily and can tangle very quickly."

He added that due to demand for extensions, many salons were offering extensions at reduced prices and the quality of the hair used was poorer.

He said that in his view extensions put in using glue, or which were sewn in or fastened on with metal, should be outlawed in the UK.


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