K-Pop fans often joke about idols balding after seeing how often they change their hair, but do idols really suffer from hair loss? Two veteran idol hair stylists revealed all in a new “Comment Defenders” interview with AYO on YouTube.
Areumdara and Kang Jeong Mo are two of the hair styling directors at add’B—one of the most renowned salons in Seoul for hair extensions. Described as “the Samsung of the hair industry,” add’B is the salon of choice for many of the biggest stars in K-Pop, including TWICE, Girls’ Generation, MAMAMOO, IZ*ONE, and members of TXT and SHINee. As such, few know more about idol hair concerns than these two stylists.
So, when one AYO commenter remarked that hair loss must be prolific among idols, Areumdara and Kang Jeong Mo were there to explain the reality. The commenter in question noted several factors that could cause hair loss in K-Pop stars, including bleaching and dyeing, high stress levels, and getting hair extensions.
However, Areumdara says that’s not necessarily the case, particularly when it comes to hair extensions. After all, many K-Pop stars wear extensions constantly for years on end. According to that rationale, Areumdara says, “People who had hair extensions for five or six years, they would go bald?”
By that logic, they should be Gollum, but they still have hair.
Since you don’t see bald idols on stage, it stands to reason that general hair loss isn’t as big of a problem among celebrities as K-Pop fans may think. However, there is one hair concern that can be a big problem for stars according to Kang Jeong Mo: traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by repeated tension on the hair. This can happen to people who frequently wear their hair in a tight ponytail or bun, and it can be exacerbated if the hair is often dyed or straightened. It can also be caused by tight and heavy hair extensions. However, Kang says this only happens to those who don’t take care of their hair well or get too many hair extensions.
Either way, Areumdara clarified that traction alopecia isn’t the kind of hair loss that can cause balding. Instead, it thins the hair out and makes it look patchy. Of course, it’s likely no concern at all for idols who frequently highly reputable salons like add’B, where specialists are trained in installing extensions without damaging the hair.