Question

Can hair bonding glue (for weaves, wigs, and extensions) cause damage to your natural hair?

Answer

Unfortunately, yes. The glue can do damage to your scalp, which can be permanent.

According to The Hair Trauma Center founder and beauty expert Jacqueline Tarrant, hair weave glue does not allow for any “breathing” of the hair, in that it blocks the pores in your scalp, damaging hair follicles and drying out the hair. If you wear longer or heavier extensions, the glue  and the extensions will eventually pull on your scalp and may begin to thin your hair too. Some people report that they get headaches and bald areas on their scalp from the glue and extensions.

Hair glue contains large amounts of a soluble latex which may cause a reaction to those who are allergic.

Hair glue contains large amounts of a soluble latex which may cause a reaction to those who are allergic. Due to the high volume of products made with latex, more people are finding that they are experiencing reactions. Those who are allergic or have reactions can experience dermatitis, even asthma and anaphylactic shock.

For those who suffer from latex reactions from hair glue, simple procedures like scalp treatments can help heal the affected areas. Sometimes, hair must be cut a particular way afterwards, so as to avoid more swelling or lesions. For those who suffer from dermatitis, a mild soap in lukewarm water can help relieve the itching.

If you have had extensions or used hair glue with a wig, thoroughly check your scalp and neck areas for bumps, swelling or irritation. If you notice anything, remove the source of the issue immediately. Stop your use of hair glue and go see your primary care doctor. There are newer, healthier options on the market which are fragrance free and non-allergenic for sensitive skin. Ask your stylist or the cashier at your local beauty supply store what options they offer for bonding extensions to your natural hair.