Sealing wefts: How effective is it?
The most popular type of weft on the market is machine wefts. Although they are typically sturdier than hand tied wefts, this does not mean that they are fool proof or exempt from shedding. Sealing wefts is a great way to extend the life of your virgin human hair purchase. It decreases shedding over time by giving your wefts additional reinforcement against normal wear and tear.
What does sealing wefts mean?
“Sealing” wefts is done exactly how it sounds. Sealing wefts simply means reinforcing your tracks on your virgin human hair extensions with fabric glue or weft sealant. The glue bonds to the weft and holds the hair in place to prevent excessive shedding. It may seem like a tedious job but it could potentially save you a headache in the long run.
Many if not all virgin hair companies recommend that you seal your wefts before install. Some companies such as Nicole Noire (www.nicolenoirehair.com) actually seal the wefts upon request for you prior to shipping your order. This is a great convenience because depending on the weft sealant of your choice it could take hours or even days for the sealant to cure, possibly delaying your install.
What will happen if I decide not to seal my wefts?
If pressed for time I usually opt out of sealing wefts. When failing to complete this step I typically receive minimal shedding, which does not bother me. However when I do seal I essentially get no shedding at all, which is even better! Keep in mind that these results are not typical and different companies and manufacturers have different wefts on their virgin human hair extensions. Some are not as strong as others.
Dependent upon your preferred weft sealant you may find that the product may make your wefts very stiff, hard, and difficult to pierce with a needle. Some also take longer to cure. It is very important to make sure that you allow your sealant to fully cure (dry) before installing. If not your wefts may turn white. However, these minor drawbacks pales in comparison to the benefit of having full thick bundles throughout the life of your human hair extensions. The pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to sealing the wefts on your virgin human hair.