HOW TO INSTALL LACE FRONTAL WIG
3 Ways to Install Your Lace Front Wig
Lace front wigs are a common choice for women that want full coverage from ear to ear so that it will mimic a natural hairline. To apply wigs, glue is common but there are a number of other options, too. If you want to know how to put on a lace front wig without glue, sewing, using clips, and wig grips are good options.Each technique has its pros and cons so we’ve put together this simple guide to help you make the best decision so your crown can fit the way you want it.
How to Prep Your Hair for Wig Installation
Getting your natural hair ready for your lace front wig is an important step in securing your new look. Methods for prepping your hair vary depending on your hair’s length, texture, and thickness but ultimately, you want your hair to be as flat and smooth as possible.
Regardless of which method you choose, start by moisturizing your hair and scalp and making sure your forehead is dry. This will help your lace front lay better.
Here are three common ways to prepare your hair for a wig install:
Simple braids or straight back cornrows are a great way to prep hair for a lace front wig. Short and long hair can be braided, but this is especially useful for short, fine hair
1) Use moisturizing cream as needed if hair feels dry.
2) Smooth edges and hairline back with styling gel or cream.
3) Separate your hair into four or five sections, considering where you want to part your hair.
4) Braid each section, twisting at the ends to secure loose edges.
5) Pull braids towards the middle-back of head and secure with bobby pins.
Cornrows create the flattest surface for a lace front install, especially if you’re prepping for a sleek, fierce wig. It’s also a great choice for thick, long hair that may stick out more with a regular braid.
You can cornrow your hair yourself, or ask someone to help to ensure clean, tight braids. The braids shouldn’t be too tight or it causes tension on your edges.
Twists require less prep time, but hair tends to come out more quickly. Here are some tips to prep sleek twists:
1) Separate hair into multiple sections on your head using clips.
2) Unclip one section and apply a moisturizing cream, using fingers to gently work the product into hair and stretch. Do the same for each section.
3) Begin taking small sections of hair, splitting into two parts, and tightly twisting towards the nape of the neck.
1. Lace Front Installation Using a Wig Grip
Wig grips are a flexible fabric (usually velvet) that wrap around your head and provide a place to secure your wig, which is great if you’re moving around a lot. It’s best to choose a band that’s close to your skin color so it’s more difficult to see the band underneath your wig, especially for wigs without bangs. To install, follow these simple steps:
Prep your natural hair with braids, cornrows or a ponytail, then use a stocking cap to keep hair close to your head and create a smooth flat surface. You can also use styling gel or hairspray to help secure the cap in place and follow up with a cool blow dry. If using a stocking cap, trim any excess fabric away from the forehead. This will create a seamless base for your wig.
Place the wig grip around your hairline so that it lands just behind your ears. Adjust the size and secure it to your head using the Velcro strap.
Place the unit on top of the wig grip beginning at the front of your head. Be sure to match up the edge of the lace front wig with the edge of the grip.
Gently pull your hair into the desired place and adjust where necessary so your wig sits on your head where it’s comfortable.
Clip the hair on either side of your face back. Then cut away the excess lace at the front of your wig.
Remove any clips and style the baby hairs to your liking.
2. How to Apply a Lace Front Wig with Glue
For a lace front installation with glue, you want to first secure your hair with a stocking cap or clips, just like you would in step one for installing with wig grip. If you use a stocking cap, make sure to use hairspray or styling gel to secure the edges in place.
Then, follow these steps to show off your locks, your way:
Dab rubbing alcohol along your hairline where you’ll place the wig glue. Alcohol removes oils and makeup that can interfere with the glue sticking to the wig. If you have sensitive skin there are adhesive preparation products on the market that will clean the surface of your forehead and prep for a wig placement.
Take your lace front wig and place it on your head and adjust where you want it to be secured. If you need extra help remembering where to place your lace, you can use an eyeliner to mark points to mimic your hairline.
Using the long end of a comb, part the hair just above your ear and begin to cut excess lace that’s around your ear and hairline. This can make or break your install because you don’t want your wig covering your ears.
Place glue along the edges of your stocking cap at your hairline. Avoid placing glue on your hair.
Blow-dry glue on a cool setting. Glue shouldn’t be stringy or overly tacky.
Pull the lace forward over the top of glue and make sure it’s in the desired spot before pressing the lace into the glue.
Put a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a towel and carefully dab around the edge of hairline to remove excess glue on forehead, but don’t wipe the glue on the lace. Style and you’re ready to go!
3. Lace Front Installation: Sewing
If you want a long-term wig solution that protects your hair and skin from adhesives, sewing in a lace front wig may be your go-to. This process does require more time and is best done with the assistance of an extra pair of hands. For sewing, you’ll need the following supplies:
• Small bristle brush or toothbrush
• Thread (you can choose from cotton, nylon, or polyester)
• C-shaped needle
• Sharp scissors
Before sewing in your wig, you’ll want to cornrow your hair so that you have a secure surface to sew in the lace front wig. If you’re looking for an extra layer of protection and security, you can use a wig/stocking cap on top of your braids. Use the same technique with hairspray to ensure your wig cap’s edges stay in place.
Then, follow these steps for a secure sew-in lace front installation:
Place your wig on your head and part the hair above your ear. Cut any excess lace and hair so that your ears are not covered by your wig.
Find the braids closest to the tops of your ears and section off the front hair into two parts and secure them with clips. Then, create a defined part that goes from one ear, over the top of your hair, top the other ear.
Using your threaded c-shape needle, begin to sew the edge of the frontal through the wig cap and your tracks. Continue along the part you just created over the top of your head until you reach your other ear. A few stitches per braid will keep it secure.
Next, part one of the front sections about ½ inch above your ear, creating a part that spans from your ear to your hairline. Sew along that part, stopping just before your hairline so that the thread is hidden by your hair. Repeat on the other side of your head.
If you want to keep the lace from slipping back, sew the lace front into one of the braids that you will not create a part at. Use a thread that’s similar in tone to your hair. For instance, if you have a 613 unit use white or light yellow thread, for brunette and dark-colored hair use black thread.
HOW TO WASH HUMAN HAIR WIG
As with hair extensions, you should care for them as you care for your own hair. There are some key factors to keep in mind to extend the life of your wig. Take off the wigs every night and store them on a mannequin head. If your wig is sewn along your hairline, however, wear a silk bonnet or scarf at night to protect the hair and keep it in tip-top shape (the same goes for full-lace wigs that have been applied with an adhesive).
1) Wash your wigs with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner
Your own hair benefits from the oils produced by your scalp, but wigs don't have a natural source of moisture, so you should avoid cleansing them with products that contain harsh chemicals. Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioners are preferably used, they work as gentle cleansers, so you won't damage the integrity of the hair.
2) Don't wash them too much
How often you should be washing your wigs depends on how frequently you wear them. If you wear a wig daily, washing it twice a month is sufficient to ensure hair remains bouncy and fresh-looking for as long as possible. But if you only wear a wig once in a while, a once-a-month wash will suffice. Never wash wigs more than twice in any given month, or you can risk damaging the unit and shortening its lifespan.
3) Keep all wigs on a mannequin head when not in use
Unless your wig is sewn to your head, getting a mannequin head where you can rest it between wears is recommended. This also works as a great way to keep your wig's hairstyle intact as you get ready to go out. Leave it on the stand, then slip it on before heading out the door.
4) Do not use heat on synthetic wigs
Since synthetic wigs aren't made from real hair, they typically cannot withstand heat styling or much manipulation. The heat can actually melt the hair, so stay away from it altogether. If you want to style your synthetic wig, you can create big, bouncy curls by using flexi rods and other heatless tools. Less heat should be applied on human hair wigs.
5) Never use heavy oils or styling creams
You don’t want to weigh the hair down, so it’s best to avoid anything that will make it look greasy or leave residue that has to be washed out later.
HOW TO STYLE YOUR WIG
There are different ways to style a wig, and different kinds of wigs to style. Lace frontal, full-lace wigs, synthetic wigs, etc. Whether you want to stop putting stress on your strands, or you’re simply looking for a change, wigs are awesome versatile and great option to consider. Most people don’t like to put heat on or color their natural hair. With these wigs, you can change your hairstyle frequently without damaging your natural hair.
Types of Wigs
1) Ready-Made Wigs
These are readily available at local beauty supply stores and hair vendors. They are prestyled, often synthetic, one-size-fits-all creations that can be adjusted to the wearer’s head, and sold at a set price.
2) Lace-Front Wigs
These are typically human-hair made, with a closure (a hairpiece that looks like your natural scalp) sewn on the unit's crown that can only be parted one or two ways in the front. Afterward, tracks are sewn on the back of the unit from ear to ear.
3) Full-Lace Wigs
Often made with human hair and constructed from a lace cap, “a full-lace wig is a ventilated unit that has versatility and allows you to part your hair in any direction. Whether you want ponytails or cornrows, you have unlimited styling options available with full-lace wigs. They are installed by first braiding one’s natural hair in cornrows, usually straight back; applying a bit of adhesive glue around the hair's perimeter (without getting it into any of your own hair); and then putting the wig on and in place by bonding it to the glue and securing with wig clips, if there are any included with the unit.
4) Custom Wigs
These are human-hair wigs created specifically for one person, with head circumference and style preferences in mind. Custom wigs are made by a hair professional who first creates a base (usually from lace or a stocking cap with a stretchy, premeasured band attached) fitted to your head, and then sews the hair of your choice onto it. Available as a lace-front or full-lace wig.
1. Heat styling
When heat styling human-hair wigs, the tools and products you use are of utmost importance. The last thing you want to do is ruin the hair, especially considering how much of an investment wigs can be. In general, you should use professional thermal styling tools (flatirons and curling wands), preferably with temperature-control dials so you can determine how much heat is being applied to the hair. Additionally, use heat on human hair only when it's dry, and always use a heat protectant before.
2. Heatless styling
One of the reasons wigs are so fun to wear is the boundless styling possibilities. Two jumbo plaits taken down is a universally flattering hairstyle that's easy to do. Before braiding your hair, spritz it with water or a lightweight leave-in conditioner, then detangle with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to remove knots and make it lay flat. This simple process usually takes less than five minutes. If you unravel the braids after they dry (usually in an hour or two), you'll get big, gorgeous beach waves.
If you want to change up a curly unit without straightening it, you can always alter the curl pattern by setting the hair on different size flexi rods or perm rods. And always remember to keep those curls hydrated.
3. How to alter a curl pattern
Generally, it's advisable not to completely straighten a curly wig with type 3 or 4 curls and coils, even if it's made of human hair, or you can risk permanent texture damage. But there are harmless ways to slightly alter your unit: If you want more volume, grab a wide-tooth comb and gently comb the hair, section by section, from the bottom up, to open each curl until the entire unit gets as big as you desire.
Another way to achieve bigger hair is with two-strand twists. Prep the hair by spritzing liquid leave-in all over, and then section it into 6 to 10 different parts, depending on how much hair you're working with. Next, twist each section from root to tip while holding it taut. You can set the twists by either blow-drying the entire unit or air-drying it overnight (if you opt for the latter, make sure to wear a bonnet or silk scarf to protect hair and keep the twist in place). Once everything is completely dry, unravel each twist with your fingers you'll have big, voluminous curls.
If you have a unit with looser curls, (like Brazilian wavy), you can easily straighten your wig with a flatiron (so long as it's human hair and not synthetic). Just remember to use a heat protectant before applying heat, and flatiron in sections.
4. How to alter straight hair
It's much easier (and less damaging) to create curls with straight hair than it is to make a curly wig bone-straight. The simplest way to curl straight hair is with a curling iron or curling wand. If you want tighter curls, try a small-barrel iron, and for bigger curls, a large-barrel iron is your best friend. After you section your hair into a few parts, start at the back by wrapping the hair around the barrel while holding the wand face down. As you near the top and sides, change up the direction of the wand, depending on where you want the curl to fall, and be careful not to get too close to your face. Once you've gone over the entire unit, back-comb the roots for extra volume. Spritz on holding spray and you're done.
5. Perfecting the hairline and edges
If your hairline isn't as thick as you'd like, place your wigs a half-inch behind your hairline for a more natural look. The key to a flawless installation is maintaining perfectly-manicured edges. "If you have long baby hairs, your wig should probably have them, too, Mimicking your own edges is one major key to achieving a flawless appearance.