One of the most disheartening feelings among hair system owners is when your hairpiece starts to shed, even if it’s normal as your hair system ages. In reality, some shedding is likely to happen over time.  
A new hair system may shed in the first few days simply because there are loose hairs that weren't combed out before it was shipped to you. 
Even if a small amount occurs when you wash the system, it's still probably nothing to worry about. 
However, when shedding happens after the first week and in significant volumes, there could be other reasons why it's happening. Have a look at our list below to make sure you are handling the hair system correctly: 
First things first, if you are experiencing a notable amount of shedding, make sure you avoid the following: 
● Saturating the base or knots with conditioner can cause the base knots to become loose and start shedding 
● Under-conditioning - Because the hair has lost its natural oil from the scalp, it needs to be conditioned every time you wash it 
● Dry-combing tangled hair with any kind of brush. It’s essential to use a wide-toothed comb designed for use with a hair systems 
● Combing tangles out starting from the root. If you're dealing with tangles, always start at the bottom and work your way up to the root 
● Using hair accessories that are breaking the hair, only use hair accessories recommended for use with hair systems 
● Heat styling too often. When you need to reach for the curlers or any other heat tools, make sure you don’t overdo it and use a heat protection spray to minimise damage 
● Using harsh alcohols in your hair products can severely damage your hair system, and in extreme circumstances, that can even damage the base of the system. 
Are the hairs falling out? 
If you spot shed hairs, check if you can see a visible kink from where the hair was knotted or injected into the base. 
If the answer is yes, your hair is shedding from the base. This is usually down to conditioner or faulty manufacturing. 
If the knot is fully intact and you see both the main hair shaft and the return hair, the hair likely slid out of the edge on lace bases. This can happen when the lace frays or tears. 
Are the hairs breaking off? 
However, if the hair that sheds is short and broken off, it's likely due to under-conditioning or poor-quality hair. 
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If you have a lace base and most of the hairs are breaking at the knot, and there is little bit of blond color at the root end of the hair, the breakage could be caused by over-bleaching of the knots. 
This is a manufacturing issue and should be addressed with your hair replacement consultant. 
Patches with no hair appearing? 
If you find your hair systems keep developing patches with no hair in the same area, this is more likely caused by a lifestyle or styling issue. 
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First, consider what might be causing the issue. 
● It could be on the side of the head you sleep on. 
● The point at which you consistently place a comb to start combing your hair, or an area that receives much of the torque from a round brush during blow drying, will likely shed more. 
● It could be an area where you regularly wear a hat or helmet that is rubbing. 
● If you tend to scratch your head in a particular area, you may see a thin spot develop. 
If none of these apply to you, and you’re consistently developing thin patches in the same places while wearing your system, pay more attention, so you can figure out what might be causing the problem. 
Ruling out errors on your part will help you judge the quality of the product you’re getting. Keep in mind that a reasonable amount of shedding is quite normal due to average wear and tear. 
You will become familiar with what is fair wear and tear and what isn’t as you get used to how a hair system performs. 
Over time you will become more confident at spotting what is down to general use and what is not. 
Adding new hair to an older hair system 
In some cases, it is possible to add new hair to an aging hair system. 
However, we rarely recommend it. 
The hair in a system has been processed, it looks and feels its best during the first four months. If your system is older than that, it doesn’t do much good to add new hair. 
We have to send your system to the factory for hair to be added and as they don’t remove the old, dry hair to add the new, you’ll be mixing old with new. 
Adding new hair will not bring the overall system back to life and it’s quite expensive to repair it, so for that reason, we recommend getting a new system, unless you are trying to repair an older system to use as a backup. 
Call KA Hair Solutions on 01 555 2903 today to start discussing your options. 
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