Why My Hair System is Shedding and How to Stop it Effectively

Having a hair system or wig can be a wonderful way to achieve the perfect hairstyle and boost confidence. However, finding the hair piece shedding hair can be a frustrating experience for individual wearers. This issue may lead to the loss of loyal customers for hair replacement businesses as well. Getting to know why hair shedding happens how to effectively prevent it and is very important to you whether you are a hair system wearer or a business owner.

At New Times Hair, we are dedicated to assisting you in overcoming this challenge and ensuring a seamless hair replacement experience. Keep reading to discover valuable insights!

Understand Two Types of Hair System Shedding

There are mainly two kinds of hair shedding from hair pieces.

  • One is hair falling from the base, meaning the whole hair strand ultimately falls off.
  • The other is hair breakage, meaning the hair breaks in the middle, and part of it falls off.

The reasons for these two kinds of hair shedding differ significantly. We need to find out which type the hair shedding actually belongs to.

Hair Shedding From The Base

How easily the hair sheds from the base is strongly associated with the knotting method used for the hair pieces.

Hair Shedding From The Base
  • Knotless ventilation methods are more prone to get off

Hair shedding typically doesn’t happen on hair systems that use knotting ventilation methods, which means the hair is tightly attached with knots. The most common knotting methods are single knots, double knots, single split knots, and double split knots,

However, in order to create a more realistic hair root vision, some hair systems will use knotless hair ventilation methods such as hair injection and v-looped hair. Without the tight knots, they are more prone to lose hair than others, especially when used and cared for improperly.

  • Pulling on the Hair too Hard or Harshly

It is called trichotillomania, meaning pulling the hair too hard to cause it to detach from the base. No matter if the base is lace or skin, pulling the hair too hard will cause it to break from the base entirely and damage the base. So be gentle when maintaining or giving the hairpiece a wash.

  • Apply Conditioner or Leaving-ins Directly to the Base

Most hair shampoos and conditioners contain silicon-based ingredients. When you apply a silicon-based shampoo or conditioner to the roots of any hair system, whether lace or skin, the knots in the hair will become slippery and loosen up, ultimately causing the hair to shed entirely from the base.

  • Brush the Hair When Wet

Watch out! Water can be a sneaky culprit for shedding! There are two reasons why brushing or combing wet toupee hair may lead to hair loss from the base, and they’re more fascinating than you might think!

Do you think water doesn’t have mass and volume? Wrong! Water is material. It does have mass and volume. Now, fill your cup with water. What do you think the cup is filled with? It’s filled with trillions of water molecules, which are trillions of tiny, small beans. You surely can’t see them with your naked eye. But you feel the weight of it.

A bag, when dry, may look crinkly and small. But when filled with beans, it will expand and become big, and squeezing or crinkling it now is impossible. 

It’s the same with hair systems. When wet, especially soaked, the pores in the base where the hair is v-looped or injected will be filled with water molecules (like a bag filled with beans) and expand. In other words, the water has made the base swell and enlarged the pores. You’ll pull it out easily if you brush or comb the hair. That’s why you should avoid brushing or combing the hair when wet.

  • Faulty Manufacturing

On the other hand, the hair-shedding speed varies across suppliers for the same kind of hair pieces. That can be attributed to the workmanship quality of the manufacturers.

Hair pieces handcrafted by highly specialized and experienced craftsmen are understandably less susceptible to outside forces and last longer.

So hair vendors must distinguish those reliable manufacturers from the rest. When abnormal hair shedding happens to the hair wigs, you can reach out to your manufacturers for a decent remedy.

Hair Breakage

The reasons behind hair breakage are pretty diverse, but most of them can be avoided with proper care.

Hair Breakage
  • Excessive hair processing

Excessive hair processing turns out to be the most predominant factor contributing to hair breakage.

Some hair system wearers are pretty fond of styling their hair pieces through hair dyeing, perming, and heating.

However, too much such processing work can make the hair vulnerable and prone to break. That is why our factory has gotten some hair breakage feedback from the users who have tried to bleach and dye their hair again.

This is not recommended as the hair is very vulnerable to such processing work.

  • Normal wear and tear

Like natural hair, hair on a hair system has a lifespan and undergoes a natural shedding process. This shedding occurs as hair strands reach the end of their lifespan. This is a regular occurrence and should not be a cause for concern. Wearing and maintaining it properly will maximize its lifespan.

Typically speaking, Chinese hair is the least susceptible to hair breakage out of all the common hair types since it is the thickest. Then comes Indian hair which is thinner and softer. In spite of that, European hair is known for being the thinnest and softest type of hair, which is why it breaks easily.

Moreover, virgin hair, the classiest hair type available on the market, is the strongest type that lasts the longest, followed by Remy hair and regular hair. Though it is the most costly type.

  • Hair tangles and friction

Other reasons for hair breakage include frequent hair tangling and hair friction that weakens the hair strands over time.

Tips on How to Stop Hair Systems from Shedding

Avoid Too Much Water Contact

It has proved that excessive water contact can make your hair pieces more vulnerable to hair shedding, especially those with thin skin bases and knotless hair ventilation.

So when you engage in water activities like swimming, you could take off the hair piece before you go or wear a swimming cap to keep the water at bay. Besides, chlorine, commonly present in swimming pools, can be to the detriment of the hair by causing the hair to turn brittle and dry, making it break more easily. 

Avoid Hair Friction and Physical Forces

This is also a common contributing factor to hair piece-shedding. Frictions against things like a pillow can significantly shorten the lifespan of your piece by causing the hair to break.

That is why some of us can see many hair strands left on the pillow when we wake up in the morning. Such hair shedding happens due to friction. So actions like going for a silky and smoother pillowcase can greatly reduce friction.

In addition, some people have the habit of unconsciously scratching their heads or pulling their hair. Such habits should be abandoned to minimize such frictions and physical forces.

Comb the Hair Properly

Learning the proper combing techniques can help you considerably in how to stop hair pieces from shedding. Instead of using a regular comb to comb the hair, try a wide-toothed one to do the combing job in our daily lives.

In the case of hair tangling, many people like to pull on the hair while combing it through, which can worsen the hair shedding problems. What you need to do first is use a wide-toothed comb to untangle the hair before using a brush to neaten and straighten the hair.

Please gently comb the hair starting from the roots towards the tips and always comb the hair when it is dry.

Wash and Dry the Hair System Properly

Use both shampoo and conditioner to wash the hair systems, and the water should be warm. Avoid rubbing when drying the base; instead, gently press each part on a towel to absorb the water before using a hairdryer to blow dry it.

Lastly, place it on a mannequin to air dry. Plus, do not wash your hair system too frequently, which could weaken the hair over time. It is recommended to wash your system a maximum of three times a week.

Protect the Hair Piece from UV light

Some of you might be wondering how UV light could cause the hair to shed. It does by damaging the hair shaft through a process called oxidation.

Oxidation takes place when the UV light comes into contact with the oxygen molecules on your hair system, slowly changing the color of the hair while making the hair weaker and more brittle.

The effects of oxidation are definitely more pronounced in the summer months when the UV light from the sun is at its peak. So when you have to expose your hair piece to the UV light for an extended period of time, try to wear something like a cap to shield the hair. A hair protectant screen can also be used to achieve that purpose.

Hair Piece Repair Service at New Times Hair

Aside from a wide range of top-quality hair piece products available, New Times Hair offers very well-rounded and professional hairpiece repair services that greatly help our partners, and customers get the very best out of their purchases.

As mentioned above, hair shedding is inevitable regardless of the quality and class of the hair pieces. As time goes by, the hair volume of your hair systems also declines. And it is not always necessary to get a new one to replace the old one speaking from a budget perspective.

Going for hairpiece repair could be a very ideal option for many wearers.

At New Times Hair, we can perform a wide range of repair services for you or your customers. And they are highly affordable as well. For one, we can add hair to your old hair pieces to restore their original hair volume.

And the hair will be knotted just as tight as the hair of those new ones. For another, we can repair torn or damaged base material for you or even replace certain parts of the hair wig base. So the lifespan of your hair pieces can be easily prolonged with our help!


While there is no perfect solution for how to stop hair systems or wigs from shedding, the tips mentioned above can significantly help you slow the rate of hair system shedding when put into action properly. So you will achieve a longer lifespan for your hair pieces.

For any inquiries regarding the usage of your hair systems, feel free to leave us a comment below or contact us at info@newtimeshair.com. We are more than delighted to assist you!

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