Finding the perfect extensions can be a daunting and expensive task. And for that, you expect long lasting locks! It would come to no surprise that after shelling out all of that $$$ on hair, the last thing you would want to deal with is SHEDDING. But did you know that even the most luxurious manes may be prone to shed… WHY? The answer you are looking for is in the weft…
What’s the WEFT got to do with it!?
Pricey luxury extensions are pricey for a reason! Most of them are either hand-tied or feature a very thin weft, which makes your weave virtually undetectable and easier to install. Because of this, when the delicate weft is cut, this loosens the hair in the weft causing what appears to be shedding.
This potential problem can be completely avoided with a preventative method known as sealing the weft.
This process allows you to still install the hair as you normally would but with the added security of a strong and durable weft without the chunkiness. This will help you maintain your mane for the long run!
Another method to try: If you’re sewing in your extensions, sew over and around the weft. This method secures the weft without actually penetrating it. This too helps with shedding.
How to Seal the Weft
There are many sealants to choose from to bond the hair. As always do your research, some websites recommend using anything from clear nail polish, bonding glue to fabric sealant, so you’ll have to determine what’s best for you. You can expect to pay between $3.00 and $14.00. *Always follow the instructions provided.
Once you have prepared the sealant to use, lay the wefts on a covered, flat surface. Apply the sealant directly to the weft of the hair as you would if you were going to “glue” or bond the hair but instead of installing the hair, simply allow the sealant to dry. DO NOT let sealant touch the actual hair. Wait 10 – 15 min to allow drying time or blow-dry for a quicker result. After the hair has dried, repeat on the other side.
When you or your hair professional is installing the hair, after cutting each weft, you can also seal the ENDS of each piece for added security.
If you don’t feel like sealing the wefts yourself, make sure that you let your hair professional know ahead of time that you are planning to have your wefts sealed so that he or she can be prepared!!