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About Shed Hairs and Hair Extensions

About Shed Hairs and Hair Extensions

If you’ve done research on hair extensions, you may have read about the hairs you shed while wearing hair extensions.

Shed hairs have nothing to do with the hair extensions since you shed your own hair every day, no matter what you do or wear in your hair (and a whopping 50-100 hairs a day are claimed on average) but while wearing and removing, the hair extensions, you may for the first time see your shed hairs all together and this, at first, can be disturbing.

Shed hairs are not an excuse to disclaim hair loss or damage from applying hair extensions, though, and this article will outline how to identify, understand and monitor your shed hairs.

What Are Shed Hairs?

These are hairs that were growing from your head and are let go by your follicles.  It is a completely natural process, the same as sloughing off dead skin cells. There are 50 to 100 hairs a day that could be being "let go" by your hair follicles.  Many of those hairs shed while you are wearing bonded, strand-by-strand hair extensions, remain caught in your bonds until you remove them.

These may not be as visibly noticeable when removing your extensions after a few weeks, but become quite noticeable after many months.


At about the 1-2 week point you will have enough shed hairs held in your bonds that you might feel these poking and tickling you at your scalp. This causes itching. If you can just make it thorough this period, and allow your hair to grow out another week or so, the washing you do will bend those hairs downward and away from your scalp. Thus, you will no longer feel the discomfort while wearing the extensions.

While wearing the extensions, you can sometimes see the white “bulbs” from the shed hairs on a canvas of dark hair but will find them less noticeable in blonde hair.

Learn more about ManeMaxx® Hair Extension Starter Kits and the hair extension technique of soft bonding in the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS here.

Understanding Shed Hairs

Loose hairs with hair extensions
The natural hair has been shed at the root which leaves a small, hard bead at the tip of the natural hair.

The extension doesn’t do this, it is a natural process, just as you shed skin cells. As with your skin, you produce new hairs to replace those you shed depending upon your age, health etc., but hair extensions don’t add to or take away from this natural process. The shed hairs are caught in the attachments, held in the bonds, until you remove the hair extensions.

Using Both Sense and Caution

Now, with that being said, don’t let knowledge of shed hairs make you unconcerned over any hairs coming from your head. Know what they are so that you can ease your mind or use caution by,

Feeling the hairs

Looking over the hairs and

Assure yourself of the natural loss of hair

Monitoring your hair thickness before and after extensions

Shedding hair with hair extensions
This is a grown out strand of extension hairs at 3 months. The little white balls on the ends are these hard beads identifying true, natural shed hairs.

After wearing thick, voluminous hair extensions for many months, you may automatically feel your hair is thinner once the extensions are removed. Add to this the sight of a mass of shed hairs with removing and it adds to this perception. Having a solid measurement before-hand, and photos of the natural hair prior to installing and wearing the hair extensions, you have the tools available to know what is really going on.

Since many reports of hair loss hair loss are associated with hair extensions, I absolutely recommend you take these before pictures and compare them to your hair upon removal of the hair extensions 3-4 months later. Also, you can place all of your hair, before applying your hair extensions, into a ponytail and measure it, either with an actual fabric measuring tape, or with a piece of ribbon or material cut at the width of your ponytail.

You will always feel your hair is thinner after removing so having a measurement is the true test to how, or if, your hair has thinned at all.

Because we’ve had such impressive reports of thicker, longer hair while wearing the ManeMaxx® Hair Extensions (find hair extension products here) and professional wearers who have confirmed our zero damage, no breakage, no loss hair extension method, we are confident of providing the proof with tools like this, to inform and announce a very safe and non-damaging way to apply and wear hair extensions.

What Natural Shed Hairs Look and Feel Like

Shed hairs have a small, hard bead (this is a root “bulb”) at the end and in the place the hair was released by its follicle from your scalp. It may be your first response to believe this hair has been pulled out by the weight of the growth of the hair extension and the hair caught in the bonds, but this is truly not the case. You have always shed these hairs but you may have just not noticed them.

What Unnatural Shed Hairs Look and Feel Like

Now, do know that if you are finding hairs without this hard bead, but in fact there is a sticky, soft end to the hair, this is a living root and not a shed hair. If this happens, change what you are doing to your hair. Broken hairs will have no tips, no bulbs, hard or soft.

*Please note this is only added for education and has never been an issue with the hair extension wear associated with our hair extension products. We are noted by far too many professional hair extension users and testers that this non-damaging hair extension product and system offers absolutely safe, damage-free hair extension wear and has never caused any kind of unnatural hair loss with wearing the hair extension product.

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