When extensions go wrong: Naomi Campbell displays shocking bald patches after years of wearing weaves

Hey guys,

I was shown this article by a friend who knows that I am big on healthy hair.  I saw it and it saddened me to see that a woman with a superstar fashion icon status, could not find reliable people to do her hair throughout her career and is now left with devastating and maybe irreversible results.

Education is a big part of what Treasured Tresses is about and this example of Naomi Campbell just goes to show that regardless if you have the financial status, you still may not find the willing and appropriate people to help you.

Guys, please let this be a slight wakeup call, where alarm bells should sound that we need to teach ourselves how to look after OURSELVES and once we have a firm foundation, we should teach our brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, parents, friends and relatives etc.  Just so that we can avoid being exploited and hurt by people who clearly do not care – as Naomi was by her industry peers.

Read on for the article. x

As one of the world’s foremost supermodels, Naomi Campbell rarely looks anything other than picture perfect.

But it was a different story for the 42-year-old beauty as she enjoyed a holiday in Ibiza earlier this week.

With her hair pulled back in a ponytail, Naomi revealed her incredibly receding hairline, the result of her over-reliance on hair extensions and weaves for most of her modelling career.

When extensions go wrong: Naomi Campbell displayed shocking bald patches as she holidayed in Ibiza earlier this weekSparking concern: Naomi could be suffering from traction alopecia – a hair loss condition caused by the overuse of extensions

Sparking concern: It is thought Naomi is suffering from traction alopecia - a hair loss condition caused by the use of too many extensions
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Back in the day: Naomi’s hair looked much healthier at the beginning of her career
Back in the day: Naomi's hair looked much healthier at the beginning of her career

And while Naomi still looked in great shape in her patterned bikini, all attention was focused on her hairline, with her exposed scalp causing concern.

This is not the first time Naomi has sparked concern with her thinning hair, with experts saying she is suffering from traction alopecia – hair loss caused by the use of extensions.

The supermodel, originally from Streatham, South London, has worn straight extensions over her naturally curly hair for a number of years.

Traction alopecia occurs when the extensions pull on the natural hair causing it to break, and usually affects the hairline just above the forehead or the sides, where the hair is weaker.

It can take between three months to a year for hair to grow back in moderate cases.

But if the pulling continues the hair will never grow back and the only option is a hair transplant.

Stars including Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham, Britney Spears and Alexandra Burke are all reported to have suffered traction alopecia as a result of hair extensions.

Soaking up the sunshine: Naomi looked in great shape in the patterned bikini but all the attention was on her receding hairline
Soaking up the sunshine: Naomi looked in great shape in the patterned bikini but all the attention was on her receding hairline

Celebrity hair extensions expert Tatiana Karelina, who counts famous faces including Danielle O’Hara, Stacey Solomon and Lauren Goodger among her clients, said of Naomi’s condition: ‘The interesting thing to note is that traction alopecia doesn’t progress like other hair diseases.

‘At the initial stages it is reversible but prolonged tension may destroys the hair follicles and will not re-grow under any circumstances.

‘It is unclear from the pictures if Naomi’s condition is permanent but given the time that has passed since she was first spotted with this condition it is more than likely that the damage she has suffered is permanent.’

Tatiana added to MailOnline: ‘Hair extensions, when done properly, can give amazing results, but when done with no care for natural hair in some cases it can leave the follicles and your own hair damaged beyond repair.

‘Heavy extensions can literally pull the follicles out over time, some glue extensions, tight weaves and elastic bands can create and enhance patches of baldness on the scalp.

‘Putting glue in your hair is similar to putting gum in it. It’s going to be hard to get out and even with the best removers some hairs will get pulled out leaving you with broken hair, damage and in some cases balding.’

Exert from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk 

Edited by Annie Beatson

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4 comments

  1. Balding edges and traction alopecia was the reason I went natural- best decision ever. I used Castor Oil with great success! I blogged my regimen, and result pics here:
    http://napturalnicole.com/2012/07/21/27667512368/
    Thanks for bringing attention to this issue!

    1. treasuredtresses · · Reply

      Thanks for your comment Nicole x

  2. Celebrity hair extensions expert Tatiana Karelina, said of Naomi’s condition: ‘The interesting thing to note is that traction alopecia doesn’t progress like other hair diseases. ‘At the initial stages it is reversible but prolonged tension may destroy the hair follicles and will not re-grow under any circumstances. ‘It is unclear from the pictures if Naomi’s condition is permanent but given the time that has passed since she was first spotted with this condition it is more than likely that the damaged she has suffered is permanent.

  3. Demarcus Henslee · · Reply

    Alopecia is described as a condition in which the immune system eradicates the hair follicles. Alopecia can lead to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. In most cases, the hair is lost in small, quarter-sized amounts and usually does not exceed the amount of a few patches. In more extreme cases, Alopecia can progress to cause complete hair loss of the scalp and other areas of the body. White blood cells in the immune system rapidly attack cells in hair follicles that make the hair grow. These affected cells become small and slow down hair production.;

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