Short Hairs on a Wig

The short hairs on a wig are also known as "return hairs". Short hairs occur when the hair is knotted onto the wig base, there is a short piece on one side of the knot, usually 2-3 inches with the long hair on the other side of the knot. 

All lace wigs, closures and hairpieces tend to have return hairs, with some textures, especially when straight and thick for example Yaki textures may have more noticeable return hairs. Wavy and curly textured return hairs tend to be less noticible as they usually blend in with the longer hair. The heavier density will make this more noticeable as there is more hair.

Just like our own natural hair, we may get  "flyaway hairs", "stray hairs", "troublesome strands"  and we have to "train" the hairs to lie flat, either by spraying the hair with water, shaping the hair and allowing it to dry, or by using a warm curling or flat iron to smooth the hair down - this is exactly the same case for our wigs. Usually the hairs lie flat over time. If a particular area is troublesome, because there are too many return hairs, you can snip it with scissors.

If you do find it difficult to flatten the return hairs, you can often try curling, or roller setting, the hair once or twice, this will usually make the short hairs more pliable and easier to tame. There are some wigs where the return hairs are clipped or the hair is double drawn. These are usually much higher priced wigs of £1,000+ as the labor involved is more intense.

All hand knotted wigs have return hairs because it is how the knot is made. It is not a defect, neither is it indicative of short hairs being used in the wig to add density. If you have one of our wigs, and the return hairs are troublesome, contact us for a consultation and we can help you further.

Short Hairs, Strays or Flyaways on a Wig