Two Ways to Put on a Lace Front Wig
Lace Front Wigs are the go-to wig type for anyone who wants to look naturally glam without spending a fortune. With a good lace front wig install, you’ll look flawless during special occasions, casual outings, or even when you’re just chilling out on the couch.
Unfortunately, when people get their new lace front home, they are often confused about how to apply it. There are two ways to put on a lace front wig - with glue and without glue. In this article, we’ll tell you how to put on a lace front wig using both of these methods. Let’s get right into it!
Flatten Your Hair for Lace Front Wig Installation
Making your natural hair lay flat is a step that no one should skip for a flawless lace front wig install. Because if you apply a lace wig to unprepped hair, the unit may sit too high on your head. Not only will this ruin your style, but it will also reveal that you are wearing a wig.
There are 3 most common ways to prepare your hair for a lace front wig application.
Note: Before you do any of the above hair-flattening methods, ensure that your hair is shampooed, conditioned, moisturized, and 100% dry.
Once you’ve got your natural hair prepped, you are ready to learn how to install a lace front wig.
Wearing a Lace Front Wig With Glue
The best way to put on a lace front wig is using wig glue. The glue holds the lace securely so that your lace wig stays firmly in place - you won’t have to worry about strong winds, intense physical activity, or accidentally pulling it off. Depending on the wig glue you use, you can get up to 6 weeks of wear. If you use got2b glued spray, your wig will stay on for up to a week.
Video Guide on Apply a Lace Front Wig With Glue
Tools and Products to Apply a Lace Front Wig with Glue
Here are the products and tools you’ll need to apply your wig with glue:
- Wig stocking cap
- Wig glue or got2b Glued Spray
- Bobby pins or hair clips
- Rat-tail comb
- Alcohol prep pads or rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
- Nail cutting Scissors
- Eyeliner in white
- Blow dryer with a “cool” setting
- Silk or satin scarf
Here’s the fun part - installing your lace front wig! To put on a lace front wig with glue flawlessly and effectively, you need to carefully follow the below 11 steps to the T:
Step 1: Flatten Your Natural Hair
Make sure that your natural hair is flat and well-secured, as explained in the previous section. Lay your edges down with some gel or a holding spray. Doing so will help reduce friction between the wig cap and your natural hair.
Step 2: Clean Your Hairline
Use an alcohol prep pad or a cotton pad saturated in alcohol to clean any leftover makeup or debris from your hairline. Be careful not to get the alcohol on your hair, as it will dry it out.
Step 3: Put on a Wig Cap
Put on a wig cap to hold your natural hair in place and create a smooth, flat surface for the wig to sit upon. You can also wear a wig grip if you’d like. A wig grip is yet another way to hold your unit in place. It’s optional for this type of installation but helpful for people who want an extra layer of security.
Step 4: Put on Your Lace Front Wig
Take your wig out of the package and put it on your head. Position it so that it’s in line with your natural hairline. If your wig has an adjustable strap, use it to keep the wig from falling off. Use a white eyeliner pencil to lightly mark where you want the lace to lay; it’ll help you know where to put the glue in the next step.
Step 5: Cut the Excess Lace Off
Use a sharp scissor to cut away the excess lace around your ears and hairline. Make sure you don't cut too much lace.
Step 6: Apply Wig Glue
Apply your wig glue, or got2b glued spray along your hairline where you made those eyeliner marks.
Step 7: Blow Dry Wig Glue
Use your blow dryer to dry the glue a bit and make it tacky.
Step 8: Glue Your Lace Front Wig Down
Pull your lace forward and press it into the Glue.
Step 9: Clean Excess Glue
Use your alcohol to wipe away any excess glue from your skin. Be extra careful not to get any alcohol on the lace, as it may weaken the glue’s bond.
Step 10: Secure Your Lace Front Wig
Tie the front of your wig down with a silk or satin scarf for at least a half-hour. This will help to strengthen the glue’s bond.
Step 11: Style Your Lace Front Wig
Remove the scarf and style your wig as desired.
Apply Lace Front Wigs without Glue
Though wearing a lace front wig with glue is the preferred wig installation method for most, going glueless is useful sometimes. Glueless lace front wig installation is ideal for people who are allergic to wig glue or prefer to change up their wigs often. It also comes in handy when you need to get out of the house fast.
Without glue, you can throw on your wig and take it off in no time. And when you apply the wig right, you won’t have to worry about it coming off until you’re ready to remove it. You also do not have to deal with messy glue and tricky glue application techniques.
Lace front wigs can be worn glueless if they are constructed properly. A glueless lace front wig must have most of the following components:
- Combs in the back: Combs go a long way in securing any wig, but when you plan on wearing it glueless, the combs become much more significant. To use wig combs, you simply stick them into your hair at a diagonal angle.
- Elastic straps: Elastic straps are attached to the front of the lace wig and worn around the back of the head. They help hold the wig securely to your head. When you put your lace front wig on, all you need to do is slip the elastic strap over the back of your head. Adjust the strap as necessary to fit your head securely.
- Wig clips: Clips are much more secure than combs. This is because they have both a comb and a clamping mechanism to hold the lace wig in place. To use wig clips, stick the comb into your hair and press down on each side of the clip to secure.
- Flexible ear tabs: Ear tabs are flexible wires sewn into the lace near your ears. The purpose of ear tabs is to keep your lace from lifting up on the sides. To use them, fold them in the shape of your head.
Note: If you’re savvy enough with needle and thread, you can add these reinforcements to your lace front wig if your unit doesn’t come with them.
No Glue Lace Front Wig Install Video Guide
Watch and learn how Dyamond Myne use our CLEAR LACE & CLEAN MELTED HAIRLINE Silky Straight 13x6 Undetectable Lace Front Human Hair Wig [LFW11] to apply a lace front wig without glue.
Tools and Products to Install a Lace Front Wig Without Glue
Make sure you have the following products and tools before installing your wig without glue:
- Rattail comb
- Nylon wig cap
- Wig grip
- Styling Mousse
- Silk or satin scarf
Put on a lace front without glue will require you to take the following 9 steps:
Step 1: Secure Your Own Hair
Take a few minutes to secure your hair using one of the methods outlined earlier. If you have super thick or long hair, cornrowing your hair is the best method to get your hair flat.
Step 2: Apply Wig Cap and Wig Grip
Put on a nylon wig cap and then apply a wig grip on top of that. The wig grip is essential for glueless wig application, as it stops your wig from moving around during the day. Since you won’t be using glue, you should take as many steps as possible to secure your wig. You’ll apply your wig grip just as you would a headband, strapping it in place using the velcro.
Step 3: Place the Wig on Your Head
Put on your lace front wig, make sure it is comfortable on your head.
Step 4: Adjust Wig Size
Locate the adjustable strap inside the wig and pull it over the back of your head. If you need to adjust it, take a couple of seconds to do that.
Step 5: Secure Your Lace Front Wig
If the wig has clips or combs, make sure you stick those into your hair (at the nape of your neck) for added security.
Step 6: Cut the Lace Off
Take small steps to cut the extra lace off so it can blend with your hairline.
Step 7: Lay Your Front Lace Flat
If your wig has bendable ear tabs, fold them so that they take on the shape of the sides of your head.
Step 8: Apply Mousse
Apply a little mousse around your hairline and smooth the hair down. Tie a scarf around your hairline. Doing this will add some weight to the lace and make the hairline lay flat.
Step 9: Style Your Glueless Lace Front Wig
Remove the scarf after about 10 minutes, and style your wig as desired.
5 Pro Tips to Get the Perfect Lace Front Wig Install
We’ll bet you want your wig to look absolutely perfect, and it’s possible - we promise. Here are the 5 practical tips to get a perfect lace front wig install!
1. Choose skin-melt lace or a lace color that matches your skin tone
2. Choose the right wig size
3. Cut the lace off correctly
- If you’re a beginner, place your wig on a mannequin head and use nail-cutting scissors or any other small scissors to begin cutting the lace.
- Start at the middle of the lace and move outward. If your wig has baby hairs, be careful not to cut those off.
- Cut a little lace at a time to ensure that you don’t accidentally cut off too much. Don’t cut straight across, as this will make the lace harder to blend into your skin and hairline. Instead, use round, wavy motions that follow your natural hairline.
4. Create some baby hairs
Baby hairs come in handy when hiding the edges of the lace. To start, use a rat tail comb to part out a thin section of hair across the wig’s hairline. Then, gently and slowly trim the section with an eyebrow razor until the hair is about 1 inch long.
As you trim, make sure you’re holding the section taut and moving the eyebrow razor in an up and down motion. Your baby hairs are done!
5. Add foundation to the wig’s hairline and part
Slay Your Lace Front Wigs Now
There you have it! We’ve taken the guesswork out of the lace front installation process. Whether you decide to go for a glueless install or not, you now have all the information you need to slay your lace front to the gawds!
Now, we’ve got a question for you! Put on a lace front wig with glue or without glue, what is your choice? What’s your biggest challenge when applying a lace front wig? Get in on the discussion below in the comments!