When to take a break from hair extensions?

Mold On Hair Extensions

During my years behind the chair, I can not tell you how many times I have removed my client's hair extensions -- then they ask -- "Should I take a break"? That answer is not up to me, although if you do not properly maintain your hair extensions my answer will be a firm "yes!" Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Although, I must admit, that many clients remove their hair extensions only to call me back from an immediate application appointment.

Do hair extensions damage your hair? I have worked with the same extension wearers for years, and they continue to wear them without damage. I do take some credit for this because I help my clients to wear hair extensions that work for their hair type. I will never apply multiple beaded rows of hair extensions on a client with fine hair, instead, I will apply a few rows of thin machine wefts.  

Proper Application & Adding A Realistic Amount Of Hair Extensions

To keep your own hair healthy, it is important to avoid stress from wearing extensions that are too heavy, or too long. The method of hair extensions is a key factor in keeping your own hair healthy. Take individual keratin bond hair extensions; you should never remove them too early. It is important to wear them at least for a month because they will be easier to remove. Also, keratin bonds must be placed on a perfect proportion of your natural hair, at least 1/8" to 1/4" away from the scalp.

As for beaded sew-in hair extensions, they are best worn on medium to thick hair density. Since they are applied in a single row, across the head, there will be extra weight in those areas. I recommend shifting the row area with every new installation, the shift does not have to be a major one, even a half inch will make a difference.  

When I see over 200 grams of hair extensions applied to a fine head of hair, I cringe, this is an accident waiting to happen. Adding a realistic amount of weight will keep your hair healthy.

Healthy Scalp

A healthy scalp = healthy hair! It may be time to take a break from hair extensions if your scalp is irritated, or flaking. Hair extensions may not be the reason for scalp problems, but you should resolve scalp issues before wearing them.  


Mold is a real thing, especially with sew-in hair extensions. Mold will occur if the hair is not properly washed, left wet, and not removed and reinstalled. This is why it is important to keep up with your move-up appointments and to wash, dry, and brush your hair.

I have never seen mold in other types of hair extensions, but it can appear if you are having a hard time caring for your hair extensions.  

When I find mold, I immediately remove the hair extensions, and I do not reuse them. It can be impossible to remove all of the mold spores, therefore, I suggest throwing them away. I treat the scalp with anti-microbial products and do not recommend reapplying hair extensions.

When is a good time to remove hair extensions

Improper hair extension removal

Properly removing hair extensions is just as important as proper application. Removing extensions takes time, and should not be rushed, especially keratin bonds. It is essential that a stylist is cautious when removing sew-in hair extensions, we have to avoid cutting the hair when cutting the thread. 

Instead of taking a break, try a new method of hair extensions

It is common to feel that you have less hair once hair extensions are removed, this is because we are used to the extra hair. If you think you need a break from hair extensions, but are not ready, trying a different type of hair extension application may be the perfect solution. I often remove K-tips, and will apply our Veila Pull-Thru hair extensions, they are the gentlest on your own hair. There is no glue, or sewing involved with this method, and you may find they are better for your hair.

Clip-Ins are not always the solution

If you are forgoing attached hair extensions for the clip-in variety, they will work best if you use them on special occasions. Daily wear of clip-in hair extensions may cause damage to your hair follicles, especially if you are wearing a heavy set.

Micro Link I-Tip hair extensions

As much as I love i-tip hair extensions because they are applied without glue, I know they slip out of fine hair. I-tip hair extensions are best suited on thick, and coarse hair because this texture keeps them secure. You can clamp the bead as hard as you want, but they do tend to slip.

Whether or not to take a break from wearing hair extensions is ultimately your decision. I believe that selecting the proper method, weight, and realistic style will keep your own hair healthy, and you will be able to continue to wear your hair extensions for as long as you desire. 

I take pride in being an honest hair extension specialist, I will never persuade a client to wear hair extensions if they are not a candidate. 

Hair Extensions Background

At Noelle Salon, they evaluate your natural hair, and listen to the client's wishes on styling, color match, and look. They use human hair extensions like 100% Remy human hair, or Virgin Hair (unlike Bellami hair). Hair extensions can be used for short hair or 24 inches of a full head of hair, and they have worked with different methods like tape-in extensions, clip-in hair extensions, Keratin and enjoy using the Veila Pull-thru method with the Veila Hair Extensions for ease of hair care. Styling can vary from flat iron, natural curl, or curly hair. Whether you are looking for a change of style or look for a day such as a Clip-in ponytail, having a high-quality ponytail extension can mix it up for you. Your natural hair journey with your hair growth can be enhanced with Hair extensions when protective styling is applied, and regular maintenance is used. You can change your hair in one day - feel free to reach out and explore the possibilities.


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