How to Slay a Lace Front Wig

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“Lace Front? What Lace Front?”

By. L. Stevens

Lace front wigs can be essential to your glam transformation, or simply a fun experiment. Want them to look as natural as possible at all times? Here’s how:

1 – Choose your wig’s hair texture strategically

Strangers and what’s-her-name in Accounts will scrutinize your look no matter what, but it is best to:

Choose a wig that mimics the texture of your natural hair (and/or its pressed/chemically- altered state). Typically Yaki Perm Straight or Kinky Straight hair textures blend well with textured hair. Yaki Perm has – as you can guess by the name – a permed texture which can be hot curled or flat ironed, while Kinky Straight has the texture of completely unpermed hair. It is coarse, and can also be flat ironed and hot curled.

a) Avoid synthetic wigs if possible. They can appear very shiny. Human hair wigs deliver the best results, and are increasingly affordable.

b) Select the lace shade that most closely matches your scalp color. (If in doubt, go lighter.)


2 – Less Is More

If someone says to you “Nice lace front!” chances are the hairline of your wig is too thick. Most off-the-shelf wigs have a density of 120%, this is what Goldie Locs would describe as “just right” for density. However, if you like a fuller head of hair you may prefer the 140-180% range

Typically, you will also need to customize the wig’s hairline to make it look natural. If pre-delivery customization is not an option, try thinning out your lace front yourself. Pin the wig to a canvas/styrofoam block mannequin head, to work on it. Using a good tweezers, pluck small, irregular sections of hair, approximately 1.5 centimeters back from the wig’s edges. Work slowly to avoid creating bald spots, and check the effects as you go along. Trim any overlong baby hairs. (Check out this video that does a good job describing this process)

Note: If you’re not up to the task, ask a good hairdresser or a friend with skills to take over.

3 – Camouflage

Reduce the appearance of wig knots (the tiny knots by which wig strands are attached to the lace). Either bleach them – risky, as bleach can weaken the wig hair, causing premature shedding or apply foundation or powder to cover them.

For a no-fuss, natural-looking crown parting, try a wig constructed with a silk top insert.

4 - Skin Prep

You are now ready to apply your customized wig. First:

a) Clean your forehead with surgical alcohol. You may also apply a skin protector solution.

b) Place the wig in desired position on your head. (Low-forehead lovelies should explore other fake-it options: a too-low wig line is unflattering.) If required, use a flesh-toned pencil to trace a wig edge guideline.

c) Remove wig and secure it in a ponytail.

d) Flatten and cover your own hair, if necessary, with a scalp-colored wig cap.

f) Using a wooden craft stick, apply a thin layer of wig glue to forehead. Ideally, use medical-grade wig glue – it is safer for regular use. (You may use wig tape, instead of glue, but tape is generally more detectable.)

g) Once the glue has dried clear, attach the wig, pressing the edges firmly around the perimeter, using a clean craft stick. (Fingertip moisture can cause the glue to turn white.) To encourage a flawlessly flat finish, tie a scarf around your edges for approximately fifteen minutes.

e) Remove the scarf and style hair. Using a soft toothbrush and a dab of holding gel, style baby hairs.

f) There are also glueless lace fronts available, typically made with mini-combs or adjustable straps on the underside of the wig cap. To apply one, follow the steps up to step d, adjust the straps to your desired tightness, and use the combs to secure as necessary.

Slayage Complete!

Recommended wig and accessories suppliers:

Premier Lace Wigs



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