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How To Stop A Wig From Shedding?

It's annoying if your favorite wig sheds a lot. We totally get you. In this post, we will analyze why your wig sheds so often and how to stop it from happening.

Why do your wigs get shed?

Before we begin the solution, we need to determine why the wig is shedding so that the remedy can be individually tailored to the case. 

Several factors may lead to wig shedding, including:

  1. Poor Quality Wig: Low-quality wigs are more likely to shed due to their lack of durability and weak construction. 
  2. Improper Maintenance: Failing to take care of your wig properly will cause the hair to become brittle and make the hair prone to falling out easily.
  3. Overstyling: Excessive heat styling or chemical treatments can weaken the hair strands and cause shedding.
  4. Environmental Factors: Exposure to salt and chlorine, which probably happens when you go swimming with a wig on without any protection. 
  5. Aging: Wigs, like natural hair, may shed over time as they age and become more fragile. Generally, a human hair wig can last up to 1-2 years with proper care.

Pre-styled wig with afro edge

10 Tricks to stop a wig from shedding

Now that we know the possible factors that may lead to hair shed, here are some tricks that can help prevent the shedding of a wig:

  • Choose a quality wig

Quality wigs are less likely to shed because they are made with high-quality materials and construction. Invest in a high-quality wig and take care of it properly to minimize hair loss. Thus, to prevent your wig from shedding and prolong its lifespan, ensure that the wig you buy is made of 100% cuticle-aligned human hair. This type of wig is of superior quality and more durable. Elfin Hair offers high-quality human hair wigs for black women. All our wigs and hair extensions are made of 100% human hair and feature the double-knot technique, which makes them more durable and less likely to shed.

  • Avoid using heat tools

Heat can damage the cuticles of the wig, which are the outermost protective layer of the hair. When the cuticles are damaged, the hair strands become weak and can easily break or shed. Thus, it's important to be careful when styling wigs and use heat tools on low settings or avoid using them altogether to prevent damage.

  • Detangle your wig regularly but avoid overbrush

Overbrushing a wig can loosen the knots that hold the hair to the wig cap. This can cause the hair strands to fall out or become detached from the wig. Additionally, using a brush with stiff or rough bristles can damage the hair strands and lead to breakage and hair loss. To prevent shedding, it is imperative to use a wig brush or a wide-tooth comb with soft bristles and to be gentle when brushing the wig. Comb your wig from the ends to the roots and hold the roots to keep the hair in place to avoid shedding. It is also recommended to apply a detangling spray or conditioner to make brushing easier and reduce stress on the hair strands.

  • Store your wig properly

Properly storing a wig is critical to prevent shedding and keep it looking fresh for as long as possible. Here are some tips on how to properly store a wig to avoid shedding:

1. Clean and detangle your wig thoroughly before storing it to remove any dirt or sweat that may have accumulated in the hair. This helps prevent tangling and shedding.

2. Place your wig on a wig stand and keep it in a cool, dry place while it's not being worn. This helps to maintain the shape of the wig and prevents tangling and shedding.

3. Then, cover your wig with a hair net or a silk or satin scarf to protect it from dust and direct sunlight.

4. Ideally, you should detangle your wig regularly even while it's not being worn to prevent shedding and keep it looking fresh.

  • Wash your wig carefully

It's imperative to wash the wig regularly to keep it fresh. However, improper cleaning could also lead to shedding, for example, using products that cause irritation or washing with hot water. Here are some tips to properly clean your wig to avoid shedding:

1. Before washing your wig, detangle it with a wig brush or a wide tooth comb to minimize tangles and knots. 

2. When washing your wig, use a mild shampoo that is silicone-free and sulfate-free. Wash your wig in lukewarm water. Don't scrub the wig too vigorously, and avoid twisting or wringing it out.

3. Apply hair conditioner to the wig after the washing process and allow the conditioner to sit for a while. This can help smooth out the hair and avoid tangles. Be sure to rinse the wig with lukewarm water to thoroughly remove any residue. 

4. Gently blot the wig with a towel to remove excess water. Do not twist or rub the wig, as this can cause shedding. Place the wig on a wig stand and let it air dry.

  • Avoid scratching your wig

Be noted that never scratch your wig or scratch your scalp through the lace sheer, as this can loosen up the lace and may lead to shedding. Thus, rug or massage your wig with your finger pulps instead of scratching with your nails while washing your wig. When your scalp feels itchy, gently pat your scalp with your finger pads. Or, try taking off your wig to give your natural hair a thorough cleaning if the itchiness is severe.

  • Keep your wig moisturized

Hydrating your wig regularly can also minimize knots and prevent your wig from getting shed. Regular deep conditioning and using light oils to conceal moisture to smooth out your wig are both smart ideas to avoid shedding.

  • Use a detangling spray

A detangling spray can help keep your wig smooth and tangle-free, which can reduce shedding. Avoid using heavy products on the wig because they may lead to build-ups and tangles, and ultimately lead to unnecessary shedding each time you comb the wig.

  • Protect your wig at night

It's recommended to take off your wig and give your natural hair a break at night, but if you desire to sleep with your wig on, here are some tricks to prevent your wig from getting shed:

1. Detangle your wig and braid it into a loose bun, ponytail, or braid. 

2. Wrap your wig with a satin or silk scarf or place a silk pillowcase under the wig to minimize friction and tangles.

  • Trim the ends

If your wig is shedding because of split ends, trim them off with a sharp pair of scissors. Be careful not to cut too much off, though, as this can create more shedding.
HD Lace wig for black hair

In conclusion

With the above-mentioned tricks, your wig will be well maintained and wig shedding should be minimized. Observe that if your wig is out of date and sheds a lot, it is time to buy a new one. 

Elfin Hair offers various high-quality human hair wigs in a variety of colors, textures, lengths, and densities. All our wigs and hair extensions are made of Remy hair or virgin hair, the highest grade of human hair you can find on the market. These types of wigs and hair extensions are more textured, more natural in appearance and touch, more durable, and not so prone to shedding. Click and visit Elfin Hair's online hair store to explore the latest selection of human hair wigs for black women. 


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