Alopecia can be defined simply as hair loss, or the loss of hair regardless of the place on the human body. However, it’s more complicated when you focus on the reason for the hair loss, as there are plenty of reasons why humans lose their hair.
Losing the hair on your head is a common fear shared by many people today, and it isn't just a fear — hair loss affects a large number of us. In a 2014 survey by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, around 35 million men and 21 million women in the U.S. suffer from some varying degree of hair loss.
One of the most common concerns from our clients who are seeking hair extensions is whether these extensions will cause hair loss, or worsen their alopecia. Older, more traditional styles of hair extensions can cause hair loss, because the way they are applied and the weight of those strands can damage your thinning hair and follicles. However, today’s hair extensions are much safer than they used to be, including Ultrastrands and Affinity used here in our hair loss salon.
Generally, the answer to this question is no, it is not recommended that you enter a pool or ocean with your removable wig or hairpiece. However, there are exceptions and varying scenarios where you can protect your hair from the potential damage your removable wig or hairpiece might suffer when you’re swimming.