Wigs are a great way to change your look, protect your natural hair, or cover hair loss. However, one of the common problems that wig wearers face is shedding. Shedding is when strands of hair fall out of the wig, making it look thin and patchy. No one wants to deal with a shedding wig, especially after spending money and time on it. Fortunately, there are some ways to prevent shedding before installing wigs. Here are some tips to help you keep your wig looking full and fabulous.
1. Choose a high-quality wig
The first step to prevent shedding is to choose a high-quality wig that is made of human hair or premium synthetic hair. Human hair wigs are more durable and natural-looking than synthetic wigs, but they also require more care and maintenance. Synthetic wigs are cheaper and easier to style, but they can also tangle and shed more easily. Whichever type of wig you choose, make sure it has a good construction and a strong base. Avoid wigs that have thin or loose wefts, as they are more prone to shedding.
2. Seal the knots and wefts
Before installing your wig, you should seal the knots and wefts with a sealant product. Sealing is the process of applying a liquid adhesive or glue to the base of the wig, where the hair is attached. This helps to lock in the hair and make it more secure. Sealing the knots and wefts can extend the life of your wig and prevent shedding. You can use a spray sealant or a brush-on sealant, depending on your preference. Make sure to let the sealant dry completely before wearing your wig.
3. Brush your wig gently and correctly
Another way to prevent shedding is to brush your wig gently and correctly. You should never brush your wig when it is wet, as wet hair is more fragile and prone to breaking¹. You should also avoid brushing your wig too roughly or too often, as this can pull out strands of hair that would not otherwise fall out. Instead, you should use a wide-tooth comb or a soft-bristle brush to detangle your wig before and after wearing it. You should also comb your wig from tip to root, rather than from root to tip. This will help you avoid tugging on the knots and wefts.
4. Use the right products on your wig
Using the right products on your wig can also help prevent shedding. You should avoid using products that are not designed for wigs, such as regular shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, or gel. These products can damage the hair and cause it to shed more. Instead, you should use products that are specially formulated for wigs, such as wig shampoo, conditioner, serum, mousse, or leave-in conditioner. These products will help nourish and protect the hair and keep it smooth and tangle-free.
5. Avoid too much heat on your wig
Finally, you should avoid using too much heat on your wig, as this can also cause shedding. While human hair wigs can withstand some heat styling tools, such as curling irons or flat irons, too much heat can damage the hair and weaken the bond between the hair and the base. If you want to style your wig with heat, you should use it at the lowest possible temperature and apply a heat protectant spray beforehand¹. You should also avoid washing your wig with hot water or drying it with a hair dryer. Instead, you should use lukewarm water and let your wig air dry on a wig stand.
By following these tips, you can prevent shedding before installing wigs and enjoy wearing them for a long time. Remember that wigs are an investment and they need proper care and maintenance to stay in good shape. With some simple steps, you can keep your wig looking beautiful and healthy.