Take a quick scroll through your Instagram feed (or perhaps look at your own current daily wardrobe rotation) and you'll probably notice a pattern. It's quite obviously sweater season, and it's arguably the best season for getting dressed. Sweaters are simultaneously chic and comfortable, and the perfect wool or cashmere sweater feels so luxe. But there's one little caveat: Do you ever feel like your sweater just won't stop shedding?
Honestly, the quickest way to ruin your outfit (and maybe even your mood) is to pair say a mauve sweater with black leggings, and the next thing you know, evidence of your top is all over your bottoms. While, stopping shedding completely isn't likely possible when it comes to natural fibers such as wool and cashmere (sorry, but we're being real here), we've still got a few tricks up our sleeve for minimizing shedding or even speeding up the shedding process to get past that annoying phase.
We know you've got tons of sweater looks planned for the season, so read ahead for tips on how to combat their pesky ways.
Just like when taking care of virtually any piece of clothing, your sweater washing routine plays a huge role in how the garments will wear and shed (or not shed) in the future. Think of it as a skincare regimen, but for sweaters. You'll want to wash wool sweaters in cold water, then lay them out flat to air dry to help decrease shedding. A wool-specific detergent will also help preserve the luxurious state of your most prized sweaters.
What exactly, you ask, should you spray your sweaters with to minimize shedding? Hair spray. You read that right. (Suddenly Ouai Haircare is more versatile than we thought.) Obviously, don't go overkill, especially on your luxury items, and avoid over-saturating the garment and spraying too close (holding the bottle about 30 centimeters away should do the trick). Here, the thought is the spray will hold the fibers in place to promote less shedding.
Honestly, the idea of wearing your sweater to bed isn't so bad, as it's likely super comfy (though if you've got a real shedder on your hands, some sheet-swapping will be in order come morning time). It sounds a little weird, but bear with us here. The idea is that sleeping in your new sweater will speed up the shedding process by way of your movements throughout the night (such as tossing and turning). The same way friction between your sweater and other objects and garments promotes shedding, the friction between your sheets and your sweater will as well. And yes, once you wash your sheets, they too will be good as new!
Maybe this isn't the tip you expected, but it's one of the most recommended ways to halt sweater shedding. Here's what to do: After the dutiful task of actually finding room in your freezer for a likely chunky sweater, pack your top in a large ziplock bag (or something similar) and allow it to sit in the freezer for three to four hours before removing and giving it a good shake. The fibers should stiffen and stay in place more than they would without this process, and shaking the sweater upon removal from the freezer will encourage the loose hairs to fall off. The same loose hairs that otherwise may have shed all over your jeans.
Alas, shedding is simply the nature of wool and cashmere. While it's unlikely to shut down the shedding process fully until the sweater has lost all its excess fibers, there are a few other proactive steps you can take to make wearing your new piece more enjoyable and less annoying. One way is to use a lint roller to pick up excess hairs as they become loose or even use a razor to bring loose hairs to the surface before shaking them off.