Experimenting with your hair style with perms, hair dye, and other salon treatments can be a lot of fun—until you start getting savvy as to the damaging effects of most salon treatments. The more you dye or perm your hair, the more damaged your hair becomes. The cuticle (the protective outer layer of each strand of hair) gets worn down, and breakage starts to occur. You can always recognize hair that has survived a lot of dye jobs and perms by how dry and scraggly it looks. Caring for hair that is damaged is difficult and expensive. Many of the shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products out there actually just damage your hair even more. Thinking of foregoing a perm in favor of a curling iron or crimping iron? Devices like these which use extreme heat can also damage your hair!
The dangerous effects of hair dyes and perm treatments unfortunately extend beyond just the damage to your hair. Parabens and other chemicals found in almost all hair dyes are implicated in diseases like cancer and in brain damage. Many of these chemicals are also skin irritants, which alone can make them unusable for many people. In spite of how well known the effects of these chemicals are, you’ll be hard pressed to find products which don’t contain them. Even so-called natural or organic products typically have harmful chemicals in them. You can of course dye your hair with henna or indigo as an alternative, but it’s expensive, difficult, and only gives you a small range of colors.
If you don’t want to damage your hair or take chances with your health, do you have to accept what you’ve got and sit out on all the fun? Happily, no! You can use extensions hair!
Hair extensions can be made of human hair, synthetic hair, or animal hair. They can be bonded directly onto your hair, plaited in, or simply clipped on! That means no chemicals, if you choose! Hair extensions are available in straight, curly, and wavy styles. So if you don’t want to get a perm, but you want to change the texture of your hair, you can buy hair extensions instead. You can also get hair extensions in pretty much any color you can name. Hair extensions come in blonde, brown, red, black, and other natural variations, as well as fun, unnatural colors like pink, purple, green, and blue. So instead of dying your hair with those dangerous chemicals, you can just buy extensions in the colors which you want. Obviously you won’t be able to replace your own natural hair color, but you can complement it. You can also look for colors which match or nearly match your own. That way you can add highlights or low-lights to your hair without using dye or bleach.
So if you’re feeling left out of the fashion world just because you’re concerned about the health of your body and your hair, don’t fret! You can take care of your hair and your health and still enjoy different styles and colors, thanks to the existence of hair extensions!