Shaving your head is no easy decision, whether you do it for health reasons, to donate your hair to charity, because it's your style or because you just want a fresh start.
Blogger Vanessa Martinez has a huge following and she recently gained tonnes of support from her followers when she decided to shave her head.
She explains that her hair thinned out due to the weight of her extensions and because she'd worn them for so long, she did eventually begin to get random spots of baldness.
She decided to take the plunge and cut all of her hair off, starting again and ridding her head of all the damaged hair. She says,
"I'm just making myself balder and balder, so why don't I just cut all my hair off and start over?"
Here's the moment it all went down:
Her fans were quick to compliment her on her new look. One wrote, "You are beautiful, a shaved head looks so good and empowering on you", while another said, "Omg you slay this look!!!" We have to agree, Vanessa is totally rocking it![ id="BetguYtlp5h"] [ id="Beyw-N_F8Pz"]
Vanessa promises to do a hair growth series so her fans can follow along on her regrowth journey. We think she looks epic and we're in awe of her confidence.
We spoke to Senior Stylist Jack Merwick-Thirlway from to ask his advice on extensions and how you can avoid damaging your hair. He told us,
"Make sure you always go to a professional stylist who knows how to put the extensions in correctly. A lot of damage can be done at this point in the process. You'll know after if they are wrong, as they'll feel like they're pulling on your scalp and bald patches will soon appear.
Pre-bonded extensions are the least damaging as they are the most lightweight.
If any moisturising products such as conditioner and masks touch the bonds (at the roots) it can damage them. This makes it difficult to treat the scalp at all whilst you have extensions in, which is why hair can start breaking and falling out. A poor quality scalp means weak hair.
It's not good practice to have back-to-back extensions, as the constant addition of weight was be damaging in constant rotation. This might be why celebs are looking more to short hairstyles or wigs."
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