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Forget wrinkles, it could be your hair that betrays your age, or, in Christie Brinkley's case, helps keep you looking young!
The 59-year old supermodel still looks great, and at a recent launch for her new Hair2Wear collection in New York City, she let her fans in on a little secret - she wears 16-inch clip-in hair extensions almost every day. Brinkley said she uses the hair pieces to add body and highlights to her thinning locks, which instantly reverses the signs of aging hair.
But while Brinkley's hair looks great today, the frequent use of extensions can put your hair at risk of serious damage. Hair extensions are actually extremely harmful to the hair follicles. Because of the excess weight and pulling, hair extensions, when worn too much, can lead to a type of hair loss called "traction alopecia." Traction alopecia is a form of "scarring alopecia" and characterized by an obliteration of the hair follicles. Hair transplantation is the most effective way to reverse this condition.
If you are a regular user of hair extensions, weaves, braids or wigs that attach to the hair, your hair follicles are in danger of permanent damage.
If your hair is suffering from signs of aging, which can include unruly grays, dryness, lackluster color, thinning, breakage, split ends, and frizz, there are healthier ways to address the issue. For starters, there are a number of hair super-foods that can boost your strands - salmon, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acid, dark green vegetables for vitamins A and C, and nuts, which are a terrific source of zinc. In addition to a healthy diet, low level laser ‘combs,’ nutritional supplements like Viviscal and biotin, and prostaglandin analogs can all boost the vitality of your hair.