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What causes hair extensions to fall out?

What causes hair extensions to fall out?

Posted by Superhairpieces on 2022 Apr 21st

One problem that could occur when wearing human hair extensions is them falling or slipping out following installation. There are a number of reasons this can happen, and we’ll not only be taking a look at them in this blog, but also explain how to prevent it from happening in the first place whenever possible.

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Not washing your own hair properly before installation

washed your hair properly

One reason your hair extensions could be falling out is due to your own natural hair. If you haven’t washed your hair properly before installing your extensions, it means there’s a chance your hair is not only oily or dirty, but also has plenty of product residue. This can be from shampoos, sprays, conditioners, serums or any oils you previously applied on your hair. The end result is the leftover residue from these products affecting the adhesive of your hair extensions and causing them to slip out. This is especially the case with products that contain alcohol or oil. While the hair itself should be able to handle it, the same can’t be said for the adhesive which can loosen up in the process.

With tape-in hair extensions especially, some clients may tend to use silicone-based shampoos or conditioners. These products usually leave oily coatings or film on the surface of the hair and if not cleaned completely, can react to the tape and cause your tape-ins to slip off the hair. While it’s best to avoid silicone-based shampoos or conditioners and opt for haircare products specifically designed for hairpieces in general, at Superhairpieces, we make sure to test the blue tape we use with our tape-in extensions. After having a batch of our own tape-ins being affected a few years ago, we now regularly test the tape’s silicone contamination levels from batch to batch so that it will never get affected by silicone. As a result, we are confident that our tape-in extensions now use the strongest tape on the market.

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Of course, some people have naturally oily scalps which they cannot control. In that case, it is recommended to wash your hair as well as your hair extensions on a regular basis. However, don’t overwash them either or use shampoos or conditioners each time, as this can cause damage to the hair in its own way by making it extremely dry or straw-like. More than anything, whether you are applying them yourself or installing them on a client, double check to make sure the wearer’s natural hair is fully clean and free of any coatings or residue.

Using the wrong type of hair extensions

select wrong hair extensions

Another reason your hair extensions can be falling off is that you’re simply wearing the wrong type for your hair. Everyone has different hair with some having thick hair while others have thinner or thinning hair. If you have thin hair, it’s advised to get tape-in hair extensions or hand-tied weft hair extensions as they are not heavy and they can blend well with one’s natural, thinning hair.

Hair extension types to avoid for fine thin hair include clip-ins, i-tip, u-tip and machine weft hair extensions. This is because fine hair may not be strong enough to handle; clip-ins, for example, and could be torn off and result in hair shedding and your extensions falling off entirely. Another reason to make sure you’re wearing the right type of hair extensions for your hair type is that even if they do remain attached, they may not blend together and look natural.

To learn about the different types of hair extensions that we offer and which hair types they’re best suited for, you can refer to the following video:

Color treating or washing your hair extensions the same day

Color treating

Just like how it’s not advised to wash your hair or get it wet until 24 hours after installing a hair system — or a wig if you’re using wig tape or wig glue — you should definitely not wash or even worse, treat your hair the same day you get hair extensions attached. This is because the adhesive needs at least 24 to 48 hours to fully cure before it can make contact with liquids or any of the chemicals present in various treatments. This is assuming your extensions are applied using a bonding method such as wig tape or wig glue.

Color treating or washing your hair before this period has passed will not only potentially weaken the bonds of the adhesive you’re using, but also lead to your hair extensions falling out. As a general practice, avoid any styling, washing or physical activities that can cause you to sweat or perspire when wearing a hairpiece or hair extensions until 24 hours after the adhesive has been applied. This includes a shower as well, so ideally, you should plan ahead when you have your extensions installed.

Improper application

attached properly

The final reason your human hair extensions might be falling out may just be the most obvious one — they were not applied or attached properly. Now, there are some hair extensions that you can apply on your own such as clip-ins, halo hair extensions and tape-ins. However, the rest of them usually require a technician or specialist to install them. And we mean a real specialist. Don’t just go to any random hair stylist who claims they can install it. Specialists are extensively trained in installing extensions with many requiring certifications.

Whether you’re doing it yourself or using the help of a stylist, one important thing to remember is that if applied properly, hair extensions will never slip out on their own. That is why proper application is extremely important and why you should always make sure you’re following the right steps or using a reputable salon or specialist. Even a small minute detail such as touching the tape tabs of your tape-ins can result in improper application and your extensions potentially falling out.


Now that you’re aware of some of the reasons why hair extensions could fall out, it’s important to make sure you follow these steps or tips to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. If you’re confident that you won’t make any mistakes, why not go ahead and purchase some of the best human hair extensions at Superhairpieces?


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