Hair extensions shed due to a number of factors:
You have to keep in mind the extensions are sewn by hand on machines used by humans. This can cause room for error. The texture depends on how much the hair will shed as well. tighter curls shed more kinky curls shed more. So, you may be asking yourself why should I invest in such an expensive item if it's going to shed? User error. I have had some customers tell me they are extremely hard on their weave hair. But then they end up with damaged hair wefts from rough manipulation.
All hair sheds. The hair coming out of your scalp sheds daily up to 150 strands per day. Sounds crazy right? But it isn't.
Knockout Virgin Hair Extensions are doubled for more weft secureness, and then glued for even more security. When you receive your hair you may also take the third step by sealing the wefts with a sealant of your choice. This will help slow down the amount of shedding.
Remember some textures shed more than others. The straighter textures shed less.
It is best to reseal your wefts before each install. Sealant wears off after a certain amount of time.
Remember the science of hair extensions have come a very long way. I remember my aunts weave, they were awful and half of her install would be in the sink from shedding.
Make sure your Knockout Virgin Hair Extensions are well moisturized. Take extra care when brushing from the weft area. Make sure to tie your hair up at night to avoid tangles. If you experience tangles around 4 weeks use a clarifying shampoo to remove hair product buildup.
After all Hair Extensions is just that hair, human hair. And it still needs to be cared for as if it were grown from your own scalp.
Please remember there's a difference from excessive shedding due to poorly wefted hair versus shedding due to daily maintenance and styling. Poorly wefted hair leaves a trail of hair everywhere you go. You find hair in your bag, on your child, in the car seat on your desk at work EVERYWHERE!
Nothing dims the fab feeling of a new weave quite like shedding. You run your fingers through your silky bundles and a few strands come loose. No big deal, right? Just to make sure, you grab your paddle brush, do another run-through--dagnabit, more strands!
While some hair shedding is normal, not only with weaves but also with natural hair, it's Frustrating with a capital 'F' to see hair constantly slipping out with every comb-through or fierce hair flip. Whether your hair is synthetic or straight outta India, weave shedding is a common problem that protective style aficionados deal with daily.
While fighting the shedding powers that be may seem pointless, there are ways to either minimize or completely stop the hair loss. Keep reading, and we'll fill you in on the 411.
Seal the Hair
When most of us think to seal, we think about it in relation to moisturizing our hair, but this is a whole 'another kind of sealing specific to weaves. Using a sealant before installing your hair is crucial to prevent shedding. "Sealing" is the process of locking in the hair at the weft with a sealant--typically a liquid adhesive or glue. We all know buying hair is an investment, so sealing your hair is your own personal insurance plan. Dritz Fray Check and Aleene's Fabric Fusion are two tried-and-true sealants we recommend for sealing your weave.
The more styling you do, the more you'll be pulling on your hair, and the more your hair will be shedding. We know half the fun of rocking a weave is endlessly watching YouTube videos for style ideas from your favorite weave-slaying hair guru, but constant manipulation will leave your bathroom floor looking like Chewbacca just did a head-to-toe shave. Try limiting how many times you flat iron your hair by wrapping it at night, or wear your hair down more instead of putting it up in a ponytail.
Sew Around the Wefts
If you're a stylist doing a sew-in (or you're doing your own hair), avoid sewing the needle straight through the track. This not only causes shedding, but it also decreases the life span of your wefts. The trick is to sew around the track so it doesn't break down over time. That way, wefts and clients get their life.
The Bottom Line
I hope this article helped to clear up your worries about hair extensions and shedding. Its a normal part of wearing wigs and weaves. Treat your new weave with care and it will be a great experience.