It shouldn’t be surprising that wigs shed. The hair is held in place by a hand-tied single knot or double knot that can only do so much after a long period of time.
That said, there are techniques used to minimize shedding. This is done by infusing the knot with small amounts of glue to increase its firmness. Although it provides some fortitude, it does not stop shedding. It will only reduce the likelihood of slippage.
Wigs inevitably shed in the long run. Thinning hair and bald patches are likely to form when a wig begins to shed. However, it’s still important to reduce the possibility of shedding at an early stage by taking additional care when styling, brushing and washing the wig. These are some tips to help you ensure the longevity of your wig:
- After washing and conditioning the wig, do not touch it.
- Avoid being too rough with the wig, especially when it comes to washing or combing.
- Hair care products that are very oily or greasy can weaken the knots
- Before washing the wig, ensure that all adhesives are removed
- Do not wash it with hot water.
- Never comb your wig from root to tip.
How to prevent hair loss on women’s human hair wigs
- Seal knots and ensure they stay tied securely – use a hair sealer. Spray the sealer on the wig once it is turned inside out. If it is applied to the lace and mesh, then let dry. Whether it is a blonde human hair wigs or a brown human hair wig – reseal it once it dries.
- Do not rub the scalp with the wig as it can cause shedding. If it feels itchy, use fingertips to rub the scalp. The discomfort can be a sign that the scalp is dry. Do not wear a wig – instead, clean and moisturize your remaining hair and scalp. To reduce irritation, use anti-itch shampoo.
- Use a cushion brush (wig brush) or a wide-tooth brush to comb the wig. While holding the hair up above, avoid pulling out the knots. Before washing the wig, make sure to comb it thoroughly. Once it has dried, the wig can be straightened.
- Avoid shampoos, hair sprays, and spritz with high alcohol levels as they can cause hair to break and begin thinning. Also avoid sulfates and parabens.
- To minimize the chance of shedding, consistently check the wig for glue residue if you are using liquid adhesives for attachment.
- Do not blow-dry women’s human hair wigs as they can cause damage to the knots and cause additional shedding. After washing the wig, let it air dry. However, it’s not the end of the day if blow-dried as long as the wig remains in a cool environment. An alternative is using a cold setting when using the blow dryer.
- Prevent wigs from becoming tangled by braiding the wig before heading to bed. This could be done by wrapping a scarf around the wig with silk to satin scarves – it won’t cause friction to the wig. A better tip is to not sleep with the wig at all.
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