When you lay your wig the first time, you’re probably most concerned about whether the glue will hold. But what you often may fail to consider is the gummy glue residue that’ll be left on the lace upon removing the unit. After trying to get the glue off for a few minutes, you’ll soon realize that it’s not an easy task to accomplish. But there’s no need to worry for a moment longer because, in this article, we’ll tell you exactly how to remove glue from a lace wig.
Before You Get Started
Lace can be very fragile, so before you jump into the glue removal process, we’d like to inform you of some things to be aware of:
- HD lace is the most fragile lace of them all, so if your wig features HD lace, you’ve got to be extra careful when handling it. It’s very easy to rip your HD lace and ruin your entire unit. Use a gentle hand throughout the process and avoid tugging on the material.
- Make sure you have the right materials on hand. At a minimum, you’ll need a toothbrush and dish soap or conditioner. For more stubborn glue, you’ll need alcohol and cotton balls or an adhesive remover.
- Give yourself up to 30 minutes for the glue removal process and take your time.
Step by Step Instructions for Removing Glue From a Lace Front Wig
Now, let’s get into the actual glue removal process. Here are some step-by-step instructions to help you remove glue from your lace front wig without damaging the lace. There are several methods that you can use, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the most effective:
- Adhesive remover
Remove Glue with Soap or Conditioner
Chances are you’ve already got soap or conditioner in your home. Use one or the other, in addition to the instructions below, to get your lace super clean:
Step 1: Put your wig into a sink and turn on the water. The temperature of the water doesn’t matter.
Step 2: Grab some liquid soap or white conditioner and apply some of it to the glue-covered areas. Don’t be afraid to use too much of the product - the more you use, the easier it will be to remove the glue. Just be sure to focus it on the lace.
Step 3: Get your toothbrush and run some water on it. Begin to gently brush the lace. Wet the toothbrush once more and continue to brush the lace.
Step 4: Spend a couple of minutes brushing the lace with the toothbrush. Soon enough, you’ll see the glue starting to lift away. Some of it may get lodged in the toothbrush. If that happens, use your fingers to pick the glue out of the brush and then continue brushing the lace. You don’t want the glue to go down your drain.
Step 5: Rinse the lace thoroughly, and then take a good look at it. If there is more glue on the lace, add more soap or conditioner and continue brushing.
Step 6: Rinse once more and then proceed with the hair washing and conditioning process if necessary.
Remove Glue with Alcohol
If you’re not into scrubbing for a prolonged amount of time, you can use a more heavy-duty glue remover - alcohol. Here are the steps to follow for this method:
Step 1: Get your hands on some rubbing alcohol. You can use 50% isopropyl alcohol or 91% rubbing alcohol. The 50% alcohol will not remove the glue as easily as the 91%, but both will work. People often choose the 50% alcohol over the more potent alcohol because of how fragile lace tends to be.
Step 2: Get set up in a room that has good ventilation. Alcohol can irritate your nasal passages and throat.
Step 3: Soak some cotton balls in the alcohol of your choice. Ensure that the entire cotton ball is soaked in the alcohol.
Step 4: Turn your wig inside out to access the glue-covered lace.
Step 5: Begin wiping the glue away with a cotton ball – use a quick circular motion. It’s important to use gentle pressure, as the alcohol itself will dissolve the glue. Focus on one spot at a time and be careful not to pull at the lace. After wiping at the lace for a minute, turn the cotton ball and continue wiping.
Step 6: After a while, you’ll see the glue come off the lace and transfer to the cotton ball.
Step 7: It could take around a half-hour to remove glue from the lace. It depends on how much glue is on the unit.
Step 8: Proceed with your regular lace front washing and conditioning routine.
Use a Lace Wig Adhesive Remover
Lace wig adhesive removers are specially formulated to remove glue from lace with minimal effort. Every lace wig adhesive remover comes with its own set of instructions, but in most cases, you’ll use it like this:
Step 1: Spray some of the remover onto your unit and let it sit for a couple of minutes. This gives the remover some time to do its work.
Step 2: Afterward, rub the lace with your fingers, brush it with a toothbrush, or wipe it with a cotton ball dipped in the solution.
Step 3: After a couple of minutes, your lace should be glue-free.
Note: If the instructions on your adhesive remover are different from the instructions above, follow the instructions on the packaging. They came from the manufacturer and are more likely to give you the results you’re looking for.
Which Glue Removal Option Should You Choose?
With three great options to choose from, it can be challenging to decide which one you should use for your wig. Here are some tips to help you make a decision:
- For light glue residue with a sticky texture, try soap or conditioner before trying more aggressive options.
- For medium to heavy glue residue that doesn’t seem to budge with gentler methods, try alcohol or a proper adhesive remover.
- If you used an adhesive from a company that also makes an adhesive remover, we recommend using an adhesive remover from the same company.
We hope that this article was helpful to you, having given you all the information you need to rid your wig lace of that stubborn glue. Did you use one of these methods before to remove glue from your wig? How did it go? Please let us know in the comments below!