Hair Shedding

What to expect when you shed hair

Hair Shedding

What to expect when you shed hair

On average, we have around one hundred to one hundred and fifty thousand hairs on our head. The life cycle of your natural hair means that you could shed anywhere between fifty to one hundred hairs each day. You don't normally pay much attention to them, as they come out when you're washing your hair in the shower, or they come out in the brush when brushing your hair.

However, when you've had hair extensions applied, the hair you shed is caught within the bond or micro ring that connects the extension. This means that the hair you shed doesn't end up in the brush or going down the plug hole, it's still attached to the bond or micro ring.

Over time the shed hair will start to build up at the root area. It is imperative that the extensions are separated from each other with your fingers every day. Your hair must also be brushed thoroughly at the scalp. Doing these two simple things will prevent the shed hair from becoming entwined and matted at the root. If matting occurs, it can be very difficult to untangle and can be potentially damaging to your natural hair.

This picture on this page shows hair that has been shed, but has also matted. The aftercare guidelines that we provide to all our clients haven't been followed in this case.

You should never keep your hair extensions in for longer than three months. Obviously, after three months, there will be a considerable amount of hair that has been naturally shed. The extensions will be held in place with fewer strands of hair, and there will be increased weight on those hair strands. This in turn can weaken and damage your natural hair.

At this time, your extensions will need to be removed and the shed hair can be released. The shed hair will be combed out, which may look like there is a lot of hair being removed, but if you shed one hundred hairs per day over a period of three months, that's nine thousand hairs that get combed out. Once all the shed hair is removed, your extensions can then be re-applied.

Hair shedding is something that will be explained to clients during consultation.

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