Lace wigs aren’t just for celebrities anymore. Although many women buy lace wigs online and in stores, there are not always enough skilled and affordable stylists to apply them. Some women prefer to wear the wig at home for privacy reasons, while others do not want to pay for what they can do themselves. Whatever the reason, here is a simple step-by-step guide to applying a lace wig.
Preparation of the application
Before applying any type of lace wig, you must purchase the proper supplies and prepare your own hair. Supplies include:
1 lace front wig
1 wig cap with skin tone or Ace bandage (optional)
1 set of tweezers
Fair for Quality Cutting Scissors
Bonding agent (glue or tape)
Various hair clips and bows
If you use glue:
Suggested but not required:
Knot sealing product, that is, sealing the knot
Socket Cap Guard Spray, i.e. TDI Socket Cap Guard
Once you have all of your supplies, you are ready to prep your own hair. You will need to wash and condition your own hair before installing the lace wig. To keep your hair healthy and scalp free of itchiness, a good wash and deep conditioner is suggested. Make sure hair is completely dry and hydrated. If you have damaged hair or split ends, a cut is also recommended. One of the main reasons to wear a lace wig is to promote healthy hair while being versatile.
After cleansing your hair and doing any of the suggested hair treatments, you have 2 options. Some women choose to wear a skin tone wig cap under the lace wig for added security, while others simply brush their hair back and then apply. If you choose to wear the wig cap, make sure it matches your skin tone. You can braid your hair under the cap or just wrap it.
A great idea to create an even more realistic scalp is to apply the Ace bandage. The Ace bandage is a very inexpensive sports bandage for muscle injuries that you can buy at your local pharmacy. It sticks to itself, so no glue or tape is applied to the hair or scalp. The texture of the bandage gives it an uneven appearance that mimics the look of the scalp under the lace front wig. It should simply be wrapped around the head, either over a normal wig cap or directly over the hair. Make sure to clean your hairline with rubbing alcohol and let it dry completely.
If you decided to buy the suggested products, your wig will last much longer than others. The knot sealer helps prevent the lace wig from falling off during regular brushing and styling. Spray the product on the inside of the lace wig cap. Let it dry and then dry it with a hair dryer. Then apply the lace cap protector. This will keep the lace wig cap strong and last longer. Since lace wears out over time, this is a great way to protect your lace-front wig cap. Spray on the inside of the lace wig cap being careful not to get directly into the hair. Spray moderately so product does not soak through the lace wig cap. Once dry, apply a second coat. Let it dry completely for at least an hour. You are now ready to start applying the wig.
A lace front wig has a lace around the front perimeter of the hair from ear to ear. Depending on the lace wig you buy, it can be either an ear-to-ear elastic lace or a straight lace. It is suggested that you purchase a French lace lace wig as Swiss lace is extremely delicate and needs to be applied professionally.
First, apply the skin protector to your own hairline. While letting this dry, prepare the lace front wig. Pin all of your hair back in a ponytail or bun. Any remaining hair near the hairline or layered hair should be held back with clips. When you apply the wig, you don’t want the hair to get in the way or in any bonding material.
Next, adjust the lace wig to your head. This is the moment when you will want to look from all angles and play with the lace wig to make sure it is positioned perfectly to your liking. Then you need to cut the lace. Make sure you don’t cut too close just yet, as you are still observing the position. When cutting, leave about 1 1/4 inches of lace remaining.
If the hairline of the lace wig is too thick, please take out the clips. A thick hairline rarely looks natural and needs to be modified to adjust density. Slowly remove one strand of hair at a time. Make sure not to pluck too many hairs from the same row or section. After a few strands, step back and see if the density of the hairline is improving. This process should take some time. Once the hair is removed, it can only be reinstalled by a professional.
After adjusting the hair and setting the hairline, you are now ready to apply your bonding agent and finish cutting the cord. Since you are confident in the position and have trimmed as much hair from the hairline as you like, you can cut the remaining cord. This cut should be as close to the hairline as possible without cutting the hair from the lace wig.
To join, keep the tweezers out if you are using duct tape. If you are using long tape tapes, 2 should be enough, while 4 stripes should be used if you have the shorter normal tape. Gently twist the hairline of the lace wig back so the inside is exposed.
Next, take a look at the area to be pasted. If you apply the 4 shorter stripes, it should be aimed at both temples and above both eyebrows. Most tapes have 2 sheets of paper to peel off. Remove the first sheet by hand and apply. The next sheet can be removed with the tweezers so that your hands do not stick to the tape. This will alleviate any frustration and accidentally ruin the tape. Follow this method on the rest of the lace wig’s hairline with the tape. Once all the tape is applied, readjust the location so that when the hairline goes down, you can press down. Press down on the hairline and run your finger over each strip of tape to tighten the seam.
If you are using glue to apply your lace front wig, the steps are very similar. Follow the same steps until you flip the hairline of the lace wig. After flipping the hairline of the lace wig back, apply a thin layer of glue close to the natural hairline. Let it dry completely for about 2-3 minutes. On the lace wig cap, apply masking tape in the same way as above. Using masking tape in addition to glue helps keep the lace wig flat and gives it extra grip. Once the glue is dry on the hairline, press down on the hairline of the lace wig after removing the remaining paper tabs from the tape.
With glue, you may see a slight shine on your scalp. Make sure to remove excess glue first before attempting to reduce the shine of the glue. Take a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and gently rub over the glue. For small glue spots, this should loosen the bond and be easy to remove. Once the hairline is dry, you can apply a pressed powder to reduce the shine of the glue.