Q: This German TV-personality got hair extensions on November 21st. On December 8th her hair was short again. Isn't that fast considering
the cost of extensions? Is the risk that extensions go wrong this big?
A: Hair extensions are possibly the biggest advance in hair technology today. The ability to make the existing hair conform to the desired
texture and style seems less dramatic than the ability to go from shorter hair one day to long flowing locks the next. Extensions can help to
ease the passage through those awkward middle stages while letting a shorter style grow out.
When professionally done by an experienced or well-trained stylist, and are properly maintained, extensions
are no more likely to go wrong than any other hair process. In fact, with some extension techniques, the process is much less hazardous to the hair than perming or bleaching.
As to this particular individual, and the quick change between getting extensions and having them removed
considering the typical cost, you have to consider the circumstances. TV personalities have to be very image conscious. They are constantly being
monitored and rated according to viewer feedback. Most viewers are fickle and can be very superficial as a whole.
Fans of a particular show or celebrity will often write in to express their personal opinions on things like
hairstyle, wardrobe, make-up and other seemingly insignificant issues. The change in the hairstyle from short to long to short may simply be a
reflection of negative response to the hairstyle change by the viewers who were polled or who may have expressed their opinions. Or, it may have
been a reflection of the individual's decision that she didn't like the extensions once she had them.
As to the issue of cost: This also has mitigating circumstances. Most televisions stations, networks and
even individual shows will have stylists on salary to take care of the personalities' styling needs. In these cases, processes like extensions
become a matter of acquiring the supplies needed and spending the needed time to perform the procedure.
After examining this woman's hair in the photos, it looks as though extensions were applied only to the
lower, rear third of the scalp. It also looks at though the extensions were applied in wefts (rows of hair attached to a single string to be
more easily applied). Most likely the wefts were attached using the bonding method, whereby the wefts are glued using a special adhesive to
horizontal partings in the area where the weft is to be applied.
This extension method is comparatively inexpensive next to other methods which require either more time
(wefts with the track and sew method) or more time and more complicated processes (such as fusion, where individual or small groups of hair
strands are fused to single hairs using a bonding agent and a special tool). If the bonding method was used and the stylist performing the
process is salaried, the extra expense is minimal and could be accomplished as shown in about an hour.
So, the removal of the hair extensions may have nothing to do with the extensions themselves or any potential
problem with them. It could simply be a matter of having a professional readily available to perform the procedures to apply or remove them at
minimal cost. Even if the application and removal of the extensions were done outside of this individual's work environment, her occupation
makes such services a tax-deductible expense, which would mitigate the cost of having it performed in a salon.