It is very important for clients to understand their natural hair shedding process
Hair shedding is a completely normal, natural life cycle that happens on a day-to-day basis. When wearing hair extensions, your hair will shed in the same way as it does when you’re not wearing them. On average, we lose around 100 to 150 hairs per day as part of this natural process (this is hair that you will find on your hairbrush/in the shower/on your flooring etc.). However, when you are wearing our hair extensions, this natural hair shed will remain trapped within the extension bond, i.e. it will shed from your scalp but be left inside the extension attachment. During the length of time you wear your extensions, this hair will start to build up around the root area until the extensions are removed.
A very important part of looking after your extensions is the separating of the bonds. When your natural hair starts growing down the bonds, they can start to join together if they are not separated with your fingers every day. Your hair must be brushed thoroughly at the scalp with your hair extension soft bristled brush, as this will prevent hair shed from becoming tangled and matted at the root. This makes removal very difficult and hair hard to untangle.
Hair extensions should never be kept in for longer than three months (refits), since the amount of hair that will have shed naturally from your scalp will be considerable by this time. This is fine for most methods as you have refits at two months or three months. One method where this applies is Pre-Bonded Keratin bonds.
If hair extensions are kept in for longer than the recommended time, the build-up of your natural hair shed will become matted at the roots, which can be very damaging to your natural hair and difficult to detangle. The extensions will need removing in order to remove the shed hair.
Over time, extensions will become unstable if they are kept in for too long. This is because the natural shedding process will eventually cause the extension to secure by fewer strands of natural hair than originally taken to hold it in place. This will put tension on your natural hair which can cause it to weaken over time.
When it is time to have your hair extensions removed, the hair that has been trapped in the bond will be brushed out. This can look like a lot coming out at once, and this is because after wearing extensions for three months, around 6,000 hairs will have shed naturally from your scalp. This may sound like a lot but your hair is constantly replacing itself. There is no need to be alarmed or concerned that your hair is coming out during the removal process as this is simply the naturally shed hair being released. Some people shed more hair than others and it is a completely normal process through which our natural hair continues to grow.
You may continue to wear your hair extensions by having them removed and refitted on the same day.