Updated: Aug 15, 2019
You just got a brand-new wig or hair system and you're wondering why some of the hairs are already falling out. Well, hair systems, like growing hair, shed. It's normal. Shedding is a normal part of a new or aging hair system. A new hair system may sometimes shed a lot in the first week or so simply because there are loose hairs that were missed or didn’t come out during ventilation or they were missed during the comb out before you received it. Before you jump to conclusions, make sure you are caring for the wig or hair system correctly as prescribed from the company where you purchased the wig or hair system.
If you think your wig or hair system is experiencing a lot of shedding beyond the first week or so, then there could be other factors at play. Make sure you are NOT:
Saturating the base or knots with conditioner. Conditioner has a tendency to cause the knots to loosen and hairs to fall out.
Under-conditioning. If you don't use enough conditioner in the hair, it will become dry and brittle and break off.
Combing tangled hair from the root whether it is wet or dry. This will pull the hair out, cause breakage and/or bald spots. Always start at the ends and work your way to the base/root. The hair is the most vulnerable when wet.
Using hair accessories that will break the hair. Like tight barrettes or hair ties. Consistent use of these can cause breakage.
Heat styling like blow drying, curling or flat ironing on a regular basis causes the hair to dry out and break off. Also, blow drying the hair with a blow dryer while using a round brush can also pull hairs out.
Using hair products with harsh alcohols in them. Harsh chemicals can cause the hair to dry out and subsequently break off. Try to stick to moisture based products.