A Beginner’s Guide to Wearing and Caring for a Lace Front Wig
If you’re in the market for a new wig, you’ll find no shortage of options! This can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. When you have the right information, choosing a wig doesn’t have to be so stressful. Here is a simple guide answering the question, “What is a lace front wig?” to help you determine if it is the best choice for your needs.
Benefits of Choosing a Lace Front Wig
Lace front wigs are a popular choice for synthetic and natural hair wigs. Unlike some wigs that have an attached wig cap, these wigs have a lace cap that will cover your head under the hair of the wig. These wigs are popular because they look natural. Lace wigs are breathable, making them a lot more comfortable than traditional wigs. This means you can wear your wig for an extended period of time without getting a headache.
If you have bald patches or a thinning scalp, lace front wigs are a great option. The lace in the cap will imitate the appearance of a natural hairline. If you have plentiful hair but you just want to want something different than your natural hair, you won’t have to worry about a lace front wig harming your real hair. This is different from other types of hair extensions or wigs such as sew-in extensions that can potentially damage your natural hair due to improper installation.
Caring for a Natural Hair Wig with Lace Front
Lace front wigs are long-lasting. As long as you’re properly caring for your wigs, you should be able to get your wig to last for up to a year.
Just like your own hair needs some regular TLC, your wigs need proper care. Try to avoid sleeping in your wigs. The best way to store them when you aren’t using them is to put them on mannequin heads. If your lace front wig has been sewn in or installed using adhesives, buy a scarf or silk bonnet and wear it while you sleep. This will protect the hair.
When it comes to washing your real hair lace front wig, use gentle shampoos and conditioners that are free of sulfates and any harsh detergents. You will also want to avoid over-washing your wigs. Only cleanse them once or twice a month depending on how frequently you wear the wig. If you’re going to use heat styling products, always use a heat protectant. Try to avoid styling creams or oils that are too heavy and will weigh the hair down.
Versatile Application Options
There are three main ways that people choose to wear lace front wigs: with tape, glue, or elastic bands. No matter what method you use to apply the wig, it’s best to clean your scalp first. You will also need to find a way to conceal your own hair. The best way to do this is by braiding your hair into cornrows. This will also help protect your natural edges from becoming damaged if you’re using glue.
Applying with Elastic Bands
If you’re using an elastic band, position the wig on your head and find what is a lace front wig’s best fit for you. You can tighten or loosen the elastic band to make the wig secure but not uncomfortable. Once you’ve found the right fit, secure the wig using some clips and trim away any excess lace. This will ensure that your lace front wig looks as natural as possible.
Applying with Glue
If you choose to install your wig with glue, make sure you buy glue that is specifically designed for lace front wigs. It’s also a good idea to make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients in the wig glue. You can do this by applying a small amount to your skin before you actually use it on your wig. Monitor the place you applied the glue for any irritation. If nothing happens, it should be safe for you to use the glue for applying your wig.
You will need to apply the glue on your forehead close to your hairline. Spread the glue around, but avoid getting it in your actual hair. Applying a second layer of glue will maximize the wig’s adhesion. Some people even apply three layers!
You will want to use a hairdryer after each layer until the glue is clear and tacky to the touch all across your hairline. You shouldn’t apply your wig while the glue is still wet. You should also avoid applying the glue too far down your forehead. The further down you apply the glue, the further down the wig will have to be placed. This will make it look like you have a small forehead and could also reveal that you are actually wearing a wig.
Now is the time to actually apply the wig. The goal is to make your natural hairline and the edge of the lace match up. It’s very important that you are happy with how the wig is positioned before you start to press it into the glue as the glue is strong and meant to make it difficult for the wig to come off. Lastly, trim the lace to the appropriate length. A bonus tip is to apply a little concealer or foundation right up against the hairline to blend the wig with your own hair even more seamlessly. Once you’ve applied your wig, you can style it however you want.
Don’t Just Wear a Lace Front Wig—Become a Lace Front Wig Making Master!
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