How to apply a lace front wig
Human hair lace front wigs are welcomed by many people because of their versatility and natural looking while cheaper price than the full lace wigs. The lace at the front mimics a natural hairline which is allowed to pull the wig away from the face in a variety of the hairstyles. It is not difficult to apply a wig and achieve a natural looking. First, flatten your own hair and prepare your skin. Next, make adjustments of the wigs as tightening straps and trimming the lace. Last, apply the adhesive or wig tape and pull on the wig. You could style it as you want when the wig is arranged.
Getting ready for the wig
- Do a skin text. Some people maybe are allergic to the chemicals used to keep the wig in place. So you could do a skin test to determine whether or not you are allergic. Dab a small amount of liquid adhesive or double sided wig tape onto the back of you hand. Then, observe it for at least twenty four hours. If the skin becomes red or irritated, use the hypoallergenic wig tape or adhesive. If not, you can use the common one.
- Flatten your hair. The flatter your hair is against your head, the better the wig will look. For short hair, you can braid it into corn rows or mold it against your head using gel and bobby pins. For long hair, tie it in a low ponytail and then wrap the ponytail into a flat bun and secure it with bobby pins.
- Put on a stocking cap. Stocking caps, or wig caps are soft caps that flatten your hair and help the wig stay in place. Pull on the stocking cap gently, being careful not to disturb your flattened hair. Adjust the cap so that it barely covers your hairline. You can skip this step if you have little hair, otherwise, the cap slide around your head and bunch up under your wig. Make sure all the hairs are tucked into the cap, even hairs on the nape of your neck.
- Prepare your skin. Wash the skin with a gentle cleanser and blot it dry with a towel. Dab some rubbing alcohol on on cotton ball and wipe it along your hairline. This will remove the excess oils on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you can apply a scalp-protecting serum after using the rubbing alcohol. Allow the serum to dry completely before continuing. Scalp-protecting serums can be bought at wig supply store and online.
Putting on the wig
- Test the fit of the wig. Make sure the wig fits properly before you apply the adhesives. To do so, place the wig on your head and line it up with your natural hairline. If the wig has tightening straps on the inside, you may need to adjust these for a proper fit. If the wig does not fit and it does not have any tightening straps, contact the manufacturer for help. If you can feel a strong ring of pressure around your scalp, the wig is too tight. Loosen the straps slightly. If the wig slides around when you move your head, the wig is too loose. Tighten the straps.
- Trim the lace. Trim the lace if the wig fits properly. Use a few clips to pull the hair away from your face. Use sharp inking shears to trim the lace along your natural hairline. You should leave about 1/8 inch of the lace. This will only have to be done the first time you wear the wig. Some wigs do not need to be trimmed before wearing since these wigs have little to no excess lace at the front of the wig. The pinking shears can be bought at sewing supply store.
- Remove the wig and set it aside. Pull the wig off carefully and leave all the clips in. Set the wig on a clean flat surface. Arrange the wig so that it is easy to see what part goes on the hairline and what part goes on the nape of the neck. If you have to loosen any straps to get the wig off, you wig is too tight.
- Apply wig tape, Cut six to ten small pieces of the wig tape. Line your hairline with the small pieces of tape by pressing the sticky side against you skin. Use a mirror while you do this to create an even hairline. Once the tape is applied, remove the thick foam padding to reveal the other side of the tape. Make sure all of the pieces are touching. Otherwise, you may have loose gaps in your hairline. Wig tape can be bought at wig apply stores or online.
- Use a liquid adhesive. If you do not want to use wig tape, you can use a liquid lace adhesive instead. Use a clean makeup brush to apply the adhesive in thin line along your entire hairline. You may need to wait a few minutes before you wear the wig depending on the type of the adhesive. If you use a soft bond adhesive, allow the glue to dry long enough to become tacky before applying the wig. If you use a hard bond adhesive, you can apply the wig immediately.
- Apply the wig. Carefully pull the wig on. Adjust the edge of the wig so that the hairlines can match. Adjust the back of the wig so that it hangs naturally over your hair. Press the lace of the wig into the adhesive or wig tape. Once you press the lace into the adhesive or wig tape, it is very hard to remove. Be sure that the wig is perfectly aligned before doing so.
- Style your hair. You can use regular brushed, hot styling tools and hair products to style the wig as you want.
Maintain you wig
- Take off the wig. Remove the adhesive or tape with a commercial wig adhesive remover or regular baby oil. To do so, rub the remover along your hairline where the lace meets the adhesive. Gently continue rubbing until the lace lifts away from your scalp. Do not pull the lace to remove it since that will damage the wig.
- Wash the wig regularly. Brush any tangles from the wig before you wash it. Shampoo and condition the wig in a sink with warm water. Place it on wig stand and let it dry completely before brushing or combing it. This will help wig last months instead of weeks. Shampoos and conditioners for wig can be purchased at beauty supply stores or online.
- Store the wig properly. Proper storage will prolong the life of the wig. Keep the wig on a wig stand when it it not in use. Make sure the wig is free of any adhesive or tape before storing it. The wig stand can be bought at wig supply stores or online.
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