Ways to reduce shedding
1. Co-washing Hair
Co-wash extensions to ensure that the wefts are cleaned. Co-washing is the act of conditioning hair, to keep it soft, clean and moisturized.
are more likely to shed when they are brittle, think of it as your natural hair, breakage occurs when hair is not maintained.
2. Sealing Wefts
After this process, the hair sealed. “Sealing” means reinforcing the hair extension wefts with glue to reduce or attempt to eliminate shedding.
Sealing wefts enable hair to last longer and provide the wearer with a more satisfactory install requiring less maintenance.
2A. What You Will Need To Seal A Weft
A hair sealant such as Dritz 1674 Fray Check Liquid Seam Sealant, on Amazon for $9, (two in one container). Dritz can also at Walmart for $3 a bottle or a fabric glue. Choose one that dries clear to reduce the chances of having visible residue or film left over on hair.
Nozzle bottle or applicator (Both available at a hair store)
Towels or cloth to lay the bundles out on to seal
Hair can be double-wefted or single wefted.
Double-weft hair means that two tracks of hair sewn together. The double-wefting process reduces shedding because it is thicker and sewn more securely.
Double-weft hair can also create a fuller looking install.
How to Seal Wefts
Have all of your resources on hand. Make sure that hair is clean and combed to be free of dirt, tangles, and knots.
Lay bundles out flat across a smooth, even surface. Use clips or something sturdy to anchor the hair, keeping it straight, from bunching.
Using the nozzle or applicator, apply the sealant directly along the entire length of the weft of the hair. Allow the sealant to dry. Flip the weft over and repeat the process. If you have double-wefted extensions, repeat this process, and be sure to apply sealant to both wefts.
Be careful to avoid applying sealant to the actual hair; this could cause clumping or bunching and damage the extensions.
4. Clarifying Shampoo
To reduce shedding, after installs wash hair with a clarifying shampoo. These can be beneficial to extensions, reviving the strands.
Clarifying shampoos are stronger than regular shampoos and strip hair of oils, conditioner, or build up, bringing the extensions back to life.
Clarifying keeps the extensions from being dry and susceptible to shedding.
5. Be mindful of your stylist’s techniques
Whether you are getting a wig constructed, using clip-ins, getting a quick weave or sew in, it is essential to pay attention how your extensions are handled.
Ask stylists not to cut wefts, ask for “The Flip-Over Method,” in which stylists sew tracks across the length of the of the head, and flip the end over to continue to sew the next track, instead of cutting the weft. Using the Flip-Over Method ensures that all of the hair used.
Stylists cutting the wefts attribute to shedding, the clipping breaks the wefts, strands fall out, and the hair is prone to more shedding with further manipulation.
6. Keep hair tied up at night
Treat extensions with care to minimize shedding. Just like natural hair, the constant pulling and rubbing of outside factors can cause hair to shed.
Be sure to wrap straight hair at night, braid curlier textures or cover your install with a bonnet.
7. Pay attention to the products used on your extensions
Use sulfate free conditioners and shampoos. Do not put extra sprays or oils on your extensions.
Lastly, excessive shedding from extensions could mean that it is time for a new installation or to reseal wefts.
Merely remove extensions, and repeat the process of co-washing or clarifying extensions before sealing the wefts.
It is is essential to keep in mind that no hair will be completely shed free, however with the steps taken above, one will be able to minimize shedding.