Why Lace Wigs Tangle and Shed

Lace wigs are getting more and more popular as the lace area gives more space for people to part their hair and presents a more natural look. Based on your own needs and financial budget, you could choose either lace front wigs or full lace wigs. But one problem does trouble wig wearers, that is tangling and shedding. Whether you wear human hair lace wigs or synthetic lace wigs, you’re inevitably encountering this issue. Then what reason causes lace wigs tangle and shed? Is the same reason causing tangling and shedding of human hair and synthetic lace wigs?  We’ll break down the details in this blog for your information.

What causes wigs to tangle and shed?

For human hair wigs

People may expect that human hair wigs will not tangle and shed easily especially with those expensive ones. But they are wrong. The truth is that all human hair wigs will tangle and shed as you wear and wash them. It depends on their hair quality, how they are processed and how you maintain them. You can make efforts to prolong their life span, but you cannot prevent them from tangling and shedding. Equipped yourself with the reasons why human hair lace wigs tangle and shed so that you can take of you’re your lace wigs better and reduce the occurrence of the tangling and shedding.

Different cuticle directions causes tangling. Human hair strand constitutes medulla, cortex and cuticle. Cuticle is the outermost substance, which is associated with tangle problem of human hair wigs. If the hair strands are facing different directions, friction will occur within cuticles of human hair and easily cause tangling problem. These misaligned cuticles often happen during hair collecting and manufacturing process. In most cases, those human hair lace wigs claiming Remy hair tend to suffer less tangling than Non-Remy hair.

Chemical treatment process causes shedding. Generally speaking, most hair products will go through chemical treatment process except virgin hair. Virgin hair means the hair is 100% natural and unprocessed. Some manufacturers put the hair into silicon to remove those cuticles and make the hair more silky or give bright colors to the hair. Those chemicals will undoubtedly damage the hair strands and hair knots, resulting in shedding or breakage.

Human hair wigs lack natural oil. Unlike real human hair that is still on your head, lace wigs lack the natural oils produced by human body. Those natural oils help smooth and soften your hair, preventing dryness-induced tangling and shedding issues. You’ll find that your wigs will tangle and shed less if you regularly wash it with moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioner.

Heat styling tools. Flat irons, dryers and any other heat styling tools can cause dryness. The more heat your lace wigs are exposed to heat, the more tangling and shedding your wig will get. Air drying wigs are better for moisture retention. That’s why lots of experts recommend air drying your hair instead of blowing dry. But it seems acceptable to use heat styling tools on low heat mode. If reducing the heat on styling tools is not realistic for you, we recommend using protective sprays on your hair prior to using these tools for a safer approach.

For synthetic wigs

The two things that cause this problem is dry hair and product build-up. If you are not moisturizing the hair properly, you’ll notice that the hair will start to tangle because of the dryness. After that, you will comb the hair and try to detangle the wig. That’s when you start to get shedding because you are tugging on the base of the cap. Lack of natural oil is also one of the reason that synthetic fibers get dry and tangled. Except the misaligned cuticle issue that is unique for human hair wigs, other factors resulting in tangling and shedding can be applicable to both human hair and synthetic lace wigs.

Companies process the hair. This causes dryness before you even receive the wig. A lot of times wig companies create the curl pattern and dry the hair out by dyeing it. Whatever they do, what we recommend to prevent the tangles which will eventually lead to shedding is deep conditioning your new wigs for at least an hour before wearing them.

Product can cause tangles. Products is a big deal when it comes to wigs. Product build-up comes from anything, like hair sprays, hair mousse and gels, hydrating products. These products consist of either alcohol or silicon. Consistent use of them will cause buildup on the hair and thus blocks moisture from getting into the hair. When you are dealing with silky hair texture, you need to use hair products designed for that hair texture. So don’t use products that are for African-American hair on wigs with a silky texture because you’re going to get product buildup. All that product will build up on the hair which cause tangles and shedding on the wigs.

Hair dyes and bleach causes dryness. To deposit color onto the hair, hair dye will use ammonia to lift up the cuticles and use peroxide to break down your natural hair pigment. The dyeing process can definitely dry out your hair and then cause your hair to become brittle and break. When your cuticle is damaged, your hair's cortex becomes exposed, which leaves your hair prone to rapid moisture loss. Bleaching can be regarded as the most damaging of all coloring method. Damage from bleach includes dry, brittle, inelastic hair, and hair that is more prone to breakage and split ends. To keep your hair from becoming too dry and breaking off, deep conditioning is indispensable.

The way you comb your hair. You may not realize that the way you crush your wig hair also matters greatly. Do not brush or pull your hair roughly and be especially gentle when you style. Treat your wig hair like your own natural hair. The thought that your lace wigs won’t fell hurt even if you brush them roughly is obviously wrong. Lace wigs are made so delicate as far as how the hair is ventilated into the lace cap. You have to be very careful when combing. Just combing the hair too much also can cause this issue especially when you start combing from where the knots are. To help prevent breakage, gently detangle the hair, starting from the ends and gradually working up to your roots.

Though the tangling and shedding issue cannot be avoided, proper maintenance will surely reduce the problem and extend their life cycle as much as possible. According to above-mentioned reasons that lead to tangling and shedding, you could take corresponding actions to reduce or mitigate further damage. What’s your experience and advice over years of wearing and dealing with lace wigs? Share with us in comment.

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