How To Stop Your Weave From Shedding

Nothing dims the fab feeling of a new weave quite like shedding. You run your fingers through your silky bundles and a few strands come loose. No big deal, right? Just to make sure, you grab your paddle brush, do another run-through--dagnabit, more strands! While some hair shedding is normal, not only with weaves but also with natural hair, it's Frustrating with a capital 'F' to see hair constantly slipping out with every comb-through or fierce hair flip. Whether your hair is synthetic or straight outta India, weave shedding is a common problem that protective style aficionados deal with daily.

While fighting the shedding powers that be may seem pointless, there are ways to either minimize or completely stop the hair loss. Keep reading, and we'll fill you in on the 411.

Seal The Hair

When most of us think sealing, we think about it in relation to moisturizing our hair, but this is a whole 'nother kind of sealing specific to weaves. Using a sealant before installing your hair is crucial to prevent shedding. "Sealing" is the process of locking in the hair at the weft with a sealant--typically a liquid adhesive or glue. We all know buying hair is an investment, so sealing your hair is your own personal insurance plan. Dritz Fray Check and Aleene's Fabric Fusion are two tried-and-true sealants we recommend for sealing your weave.

Check out a tutorial on sealing your wefts from one of our top Mayvenn stylists, Peakmill below:

Manipulate Less

The more styling you do, the more you'll be pulling on your hair, the more your hair will be shedding. We know half the fun of rocking a weave is endlessly watching YouTube videos for style ideas from your favorite weave-slaying hair guru, but constant manipulation will leave your bathroom floor looking like Chewbacca just did a head-to-toe shave. Try limiting how many times you flat iron your hair by wrapping it at night, or wear your hair down more instead of putting it up in a ponytail.

Sew Around The Wefts

If you're a stylist doing a sew-in (or you're doing your own hair), avoid sewing the needle straight through the track. This not only causes shedding, but it also decreases the life span of your wefts. The trick is to sew around the track so it doesn't break down over time. That way, wefts and clients get their life!


Have you tried to seal your weave? What have you tried to stop weave shedding? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Le'Niesha

    23 June

    I have a question. I have the body wave Brazilian hair. But my 16 in has shredded to less then the 14 in. What can I do it's so frizzy.

    • Anayo

      24 June

      Hi Le'Niesha - thanks for commenting!

      Sorry this is happening to your hair!

      I would give your hair a bleach bath (you can find out how to do it here: to restore it to its original smooth, and non-frizzy condition. If not that, you can do a deep condition on the hair for a few hours, rinse and air dry, that should help bring it back. Let me know how that goes!

  2. Leon

    10 October

    You can not stop the shedding, all weaves become frizzy and ugly after being worn for many times.

    • Anayo

      11 October

      Hi Leon - Of course, you won't be able to completely stop hair from shedding. All hair, including natural hair, sheds. But with proper care (from tips presented here) and prevention you can prevent your hair from shedding as much. If the hair is quality hair, like Mayvenn hair, it can last a very long time without seeing any frizzing or matting issues.

  3. Jayonaa

    2 November

    My wig sheds sooooo much no matter what i do. I've tried sealing it and still to no avail. Any other suggestions?

    • Anayo

      2 November

      Hi Jayonnaa - Sorry that your wig is shedding so much! That's so frustrating.

      Do you mind letting me know if it's a synthetic or human hair wig? If it's synthetic, usually those are prone to shedding and there isn't much you can do.

      If it's a human wig, you can try a bleach bath which will essentially remove any straggling loose hairs as well as make your strands soft again. If everything I've listed doesn't work, I would try reinforcing your wefts again with thread. Basically, go through the wig weft-by-weft and re-sew the wefts to the cap making sure strands have little space to shed. Hope that helps!

  4. Tiffany Adams

    30 January

    Thanks a lot needed to this
    Now I'm going to try to do this as soon as I get my hair re done

    • Anayo

      30 January

      Happy to help 🙂 Let me know how it works!

  5. Rayshawn florien

    18 February

    What can i do for the frizzyness I've had my mayveen hair for about a month.

    • Anayo

      22 February

      Hi Rayshawn!

      Try using a mousse on your hair to calm down the frizzyness. First, wet the hair and then add mousse or a cream-based moisturizer of your choice and let it air dry. You should end up with a bouncy, no-frizz style.

      Also, are you wrapping your hair at night? Not wrapping your hair (or using a silk pillowcase) will cause frizziness.

  6. Kenya

    9 April

    I need to wash my Brazilian bundles, can I use Etae hair products to wash them?

    • Anayo

      10 April

      Hi Kenya,

      I just looked up the brand and it looks like you'll be fine using Etae to wash your hair since it's paraben, silicone, and sulfate free!

      • Kenya

        11 April

        Thank you. Also they are matted BAD. I can't comb it out or anything. Any suggestions on how to revive them from this?

        • Anayo

          12 April

          Did you try the bleach bath? That might help gently loosen the strands to the point where you can work through it and detangle.

          • Kenya

            12 April

            I haven't tried that, I was afraid of damaging the hair. I did do a deep reconstruction treatment and now they are in silk protein conditioner from Etae.

            • Anayo

              13 April

              Yeah the bleach bath is the last resort, but it sounds like you might be at that point. I'd say if you've run out of options then you might want to give it a go. Do you sleep with a satin scarf at night?

  7. Nique

    27 April

    As awkward as it sounds, I seal my wefts with E6000 glue and it works perfectly. I get very little to no shedding with this technique. I apply the glue along the track and rub it in so it'll lay flat (because the glue is thick). Try it, it really really works, even thru multiple washes!

    • Anayo

      27 April

      Thanks for sharing Nique! I haven't heard of that trick but I'm going to test that out.

  8. Imani

    7 May

    I have the same issue. I have the deep wave, and I just had it installed less than 3 weeks ago, and it has thinned out so much 🙁 I am so disappointed because I constantly have to detangle it, which is what I expected, but so much hair is coming out! I always wet and moisturize prior to combing through it (in sections and with a wide tooth comb). I REALLY, REALLY like the hair, I just wish it didn't shed so much. I've look at what I could do, but if I don't comb it, it looks like a big knot! Help'! I have some hair left, and am thinking about having my stylist put the remaining bundle in.

    • Anayo

      8 May

      Hi Imani!

      I'm sorry to hear that about your hair! Shedding is the worst. Did you happen to seal the hair before installing? Also, if your hair was sewn through the wefts instead of around the wefts that'll contribute to more shedding. What I recommend you do now is DEFINITELY seal the last bundle. When your stylist installs it, make sure she seals around the weft instead of through it. Also, try using a Denman brush, instead of a wide tooth comb to detangle. Let me know how that goes!

  9. Carolb

    17 May

    Will a silk scarf cause frizzing?

    • Anayo

      23 May

      No, in fact a silk scarf is the best way to prevent frizzyness!

  10. Carolb

    17 May

    Looking for high quality human hair. Suggestions

  11. Jules

    2 June

    Thank you Anayo! I'm going to seal my wefts for the first time . I loved your video about the sealing process. You're awesome!!

    • Anayo

      2 June

      You're welcome, Jules! Sealing makes a world of difference in preventing shedding. It takes some time but is so worth it 🙂

  12. Carmelita

    7 July


    I had my weave in for 2 weeks and it has lost the luster it had when I first for it in. What can I do to bring it back without taking it out or buying new hair. I have tried the herbal essence conditioner but that didn't help.

  13. Mya O.

    22 August

    I have a lace front wig and it seems to only shed when wet, is that normal? What can I do to seal the weft on a already made wig?

    • Anayo

      24 August

      Hi Mya,

      Yes, that's normal for human hair. The hair is more fragile when wet and needs to be handled delicately. In order to seal the weft on a wig, unfortunately you'd have to remove the tracks, seal them, and re-install. Hope that helps.

  14. Munir

    17 January

    What can I do to stop hair loss on Lace Front. I purchased the Brazilian Deep Wave & got it installed less than a month ago. I noticed the part has gotten wider & certain chunks are missing in certain parts of the hair. I’ve usually spray the hair with water or water/conditioner, two strand twist & wrap nightly. I only use big teeth comb when I comb through it. I’ve already ordered a new one but scared I’m gonna have the same problem.

    • Anayo

      17 January

      Hey Munir!

      Sorry to hear that happened to your frontal! The first thing I recommend before installing any closures or frontals is to seal the knots on the lace. This will help prevent balding. There are a bunch of lace front knot sealers on the market but the one I recommend (and use myself) is called Plaid Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer in Matte. Spray that on gently on your closure or frontal and let dry overnight. We actually wrote an article on this as well here. Hope this helps!

      • Alphea

        23 January

        Thanks bunches gonna try on the new one.

      • Brianna

        10 February

        do you seal the closure before or after bleaching the knots? thanks

        • Anayo

          12 February

          Hey Brianna! You would seal the closure after bleaching the knots, sealing is the last step

  15. Alexis Braly James

    3 February

    I have had my Indian loose wave for 4 weeks and it gets matted and tangled Instantly. How do I fix this? It’s so frustrating, I’ve tried hair oils and braiding at night. It’s juat the top and it’s not the sewing. It’s definitely the hair.

    • Anayo

      5 February

      Hey Alexis!

      Sorry you've been experiencing tangling! You said it was just at the top - is the rest of your hair fine? If so, I wouldn't put too many hair oils on your bundles, it can weigh the hair down, and make it really hard to detangle. I recommend doing an overnight deep condition or silicon treatment if you can. Also make sure to use a lightweight leave-in conditioner (ideally a spray) to mist the top of your hair and detangle it.

  16. Kelsey

    7 February

    I already sewed my hair on the wig my hair sheds like crazy i don’t what else to do

    • Anayo

      7 February

      Hey Kelsey,

      Since you made a wig, you still can take the wig off and seal the tracks. Use the recommended sealant and seal your wefts, let it dry overnight.

  17. Ash

    5 March

    I bought my deep wave hair from mayvenn back in November with that awesome Black Friday sale. However, I just got around to using it to install. When I washed and shampooed the hair, I got a lot of shedding towards the end of the hair. What are some good products to help sort of, strengthen, the hair?

    • Anayo

      12 March

      Hi Ash,

      Glad you were able to take advantage of our biggest sale!

      Make sure to seal the hair before you install it, that will help prevent shedding. The hair itself can't be "strengthened"

  18. Laronda

    9 March

    I purchased the Brazilian body wave a year ago & had it installed twice. The hair is shedding so bad I have no idea what to do with it. I really don’t want to throw it out

    • Anayo

      20 March

      Hi Laronda,

      Have you tried sealing it?

  19. Laronda

    20 March

    No not yet but I will

  20. RB

    11 June

    How do you stop synthetic hair extensions from shedding? Is it inevitable ?

    • Anayo

      13 June

      Unfortunately yes, synthetic extensions are bound to shed. That's definitely the tradeoff

  21. Hadiya

    4 October

    Im alergic to weft sealer so what can I do?

    • Brittany Johnson

      8 October

      Hi Hadiya, there might be a certain ingredient that you're allergic to in the weft sealer. If you're not able to find a sealant that works for you, we'd suggest skipping this step and focusing on the hair care portion to increase longevity.

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