How to Wear a Lace Front Wig – A Beginner’s Guide

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Jul. 28, 2020
Wigs are definitely having a moment in the beauty industry. For a long time, wigs have only been seen on celebrities (and maybe our grandmas or aunties) but now it seems like everyone and their mom has a lace front. The surge in popularity of lace front wigs can be attributed to the rise of the online influencer. Celebrity culture has been unattainable for decades, but the emergence of social media stars has given us easy access to content we couldn’t have consumed before. Hair stylists and wig connoisseurs alike showcase their talents for the masses on social media platforms. 

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If you are familiar with wigs, then you’ll know that there are a variety from frontals to full lace to U-part. Recently, lace fronts have come back into style because they offer a more natural look. The hairline on good lace front wigs make the hairline look almost undetectable and lace front gives you the freedom to part the hair anywhere you want. They also give you more versatility when it comes to hair color, cut, shape and style. There is a lace front wig in virtually any style you could think of. With lace front wigs, trying out a new color won’t leave your natural hair damaged. If you’re looking to switch up your style with this versatile option, then learning how to wear it correctly is crucial. 
There is definitely a right and wrong way to wear a lace front wig. Worn the wrong way it will look bad – you don’t want to be that girl with her lace showing. Beyond that, lace fronts can also cause major damage to the hair and scalp. Thing like using the wrong glue can lead to infection and hair loss. Avoid damaging your natural hair by following these helpful tips. 
  • Prepare the Skin – The very first thing you must do before applying a lace front wig is prepare the skin by washing it with a gentle cleanser and using a cotton ball with a small amount of alcohol to wipe across the hairline. This will remove any excess oil.
  • Secure your Natural Hair – If your hair is longer, then you’ll need to cornrow it in order to maintain that flat look. If you have shorter hair you may be able to just wrap it. After braiding or wrapping the hair, apply a wig cap to help flatten your hair and keep the wig in place. This is one of the most important steps because if you have a bad foundation, then the rest of the process will be much more difficult. 
  • Apply Adhesive – Before applying your first layer of glue make sure to try the wig on and see if the hairline aligns with yours. The type of adhesive you use is important because using the wrong type of glue can lead to severe damage. Make sure the type of glue you’re using is made specifically for lace front wigs and do a small patch test beforehand to ensure you don’t have any reactions to the product. After checking the hairline of the wig and the adhesive, apply the first layer of glue with a small brush spreading it evenly across the hairline and blow-dry it. Apply a second layer of glue and blow-dry until tacky and clear. Do not install the wig if the glue is still white. 
  • Install the Wig – Apply some freeze spray to help secure the wig and once it dries, pull the wig on. Adjust the edges so that the hairlines match and make sure that the back of the wig hangs naturally over your hair. 
  • Make some Adjustments – Now that the wig is secure, trim the lace with a pair of hair cutting shears and apply some concealer in order to blend the knots with your skin tone. This will give a more natural look. If you want baby hairs, pull out a few strands of hair by the hairline and cut with a razor. Use a styling product to lay your edges, tie a scarf around it and let it sit for a couple minutes. Now you can style the wig anyway you want!
  • Removal – Wigs can be worn for longer periods of time, but it’s not recommended that you wear them for longer than six weeks at a time. Some adhesives are only made for short-term use, so the amount of time you should wear a wig depends on the type of adhesive you use. Once its time to remove your wig make sure to use an adhesive remover to make the process easier. Gently removing the wig will help to avoid any damage. 
Although lace fronts may feel like an easy, low maintenance style don’t forget to take care of your natural hair. Wigs can be a fun accessory, but it’s important to still care for your hair when trying out a new style. 
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