Lace wigs are preferred by the majority of wig lovers for the soft lace part, realistic parting and natural hairline. However, for new beginners, they may still have some doubts about lace wigs. Hence, this blog is going to focus on some basic knowledge of lace wigs. Hope all the new starters will have a clear picture of lace wigs and grasp fundamental skills to wear lace wigs with the easiest and most comfortable way.
What is lace wig?
Lace wigs have lace built in to the cap with human hairs or synthetic hairs individually tied in. So when you wear it, it looks like the hair is growing out of your hair. Because of the construction of the cap, they are more realistic and naturally-looking than basic cap regular wigs. Lace wigs come either the lace front or full lace which is exactly what it sounds like. Lace front wigs just have lace around the front where your hairline is and are generally more affordable than full lace wigs which are lace throughout the whole cap.
What’s the differences between lace front caps?
So even within just the lace front world, there is a lot of room for cap construction differences and price differences. To someone who has never see lace front caps, they may not see the differences between two kinds of wig caps. The main difference between various types of wig caps is the width of the actual lace. The more lace you have, the more room you get to customize the hairline to match yours. So if you want to change the shape of the hairline, having more lace gives you the flexibility to do that.
Another big difference is these sideburn pieces. Some lace wigs may have longer sideburn pieces. And little bandy things inside are used to form the sideburns to your face shape. If you think is too long, you can cut them out, depending on the wig. But if you have a lot of hair to cover right there or if your head is just bigger than other people, the sideburn pieces is a nice feature that can help you conceal your natural hair.
Three different ways to wear lace front wigs
Depending on how long you want to wear a wig at a time and how much time you are willing to spend on wearing wigs, there are different ways to wear lace front wigs. Choose the one that you like the most and give yourself a good hair day.
Blending it with your natural hair
You can use this way when the wig you are going to wear is a color that is close to the color of your natural hair. It works really well for people who have dark hair and want to use a dark-rooted wig. So if it is a similar color, you can use the front of your natural hair and your baby hairs to give yourself a realistic hairline. And then blend your hair with the wig for a seamless transition form your natural hair to the wig hairs. No hairline looks more natural than your own.
Start by parting your hair in the same place that your lace front’s part is. Then put on a wig cap to contain most of your hair but leave the front bit out. Some people like to leave just a little bit of their hair out, like the baby hairs, and other people like to leave a good chunk of their natural hair out. This really just depends on how well the wig matches your hair and your personal preference. Once the wig is how you want it, push those little clips into your hair to secure it in place.
If you are worried about the hairline lifting or shifting, you can always discreetly bobby pin either side of the part for some extra security. Comb you hair into the general style of the wig to get it blending and looking really good together. The last step is to use some foundation or concealer along wig’s lace part and on you scalp to match them to you skin tone. You can tape on it with your fingers to help blend it in so it’s not so harsh. Then use eye shadow with the same color as the wig to cover the roots that you lightened with concealer.
Using spirit gum/lace glue
Both spirit gum and lace glue are adhesives used to keep wigs from hairline lifting or edges showing. The main difference between them is how long these adhesives last. For the most part, lace glue is way stronger than spirit gum. It can hold wigs for several days up to a few weeks if properly taken care of. Also not all lace glue is the same. They have different bases and strength and they can react differently to your skin. If you only wear your wigs for one day max, spirit gum will work for you.
First, trim the hairline to any shape you like. Then clip all of the hair that could end up in your way out of your way. Lift up the lace and paint some of the spirit gum/lace glue onto your skin where you are going to be attaching the wig. You can also paint directly on the lace but make sure that you are only using a very small amount. Thin coats are going to keep it from bubbling through to the other side of the lace and getting your hair all goopy and gross.
Let it dry for a few seconds until it starts getting tacky. When it’s tacky, pull the wig to the position you want it in and stick it to the glue. Press down on it and hold it in place until it dries. The best way to make sure that all of it is connected with a good strong hold is to run over the whole area with the back of a rat-tail comb. It keeps your hands from getting all sticky and you can be a lot more precise this way than with your fingers. When it’s dry, you’re good to go!
Using lace tape
Actually, lace tape is sticky and annoying and it’s harder to be precise with its shape and placement. Also it can pull your hair out. But some people like it, so we’re going to show you how to use the lace tape. Start by cleaning the area where the tape is going to be applied with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. No makeup, no sweat. Must be squeaky clean for a long-lasting stick. Let it dry completely before applying your tape. Then pull on your wig and pluck hairs out of the wig.
There is a tip to help lace fronts look more natural. Sometimes the part is too skinny and it doesn’t look real. So you can pluck out the hairs with tweezers to widen it for a more natural look. Basically it’s just double-sided sticky tape for hair. Avoid putting them on your baby hairs if possible because it can pull them out if you get super hyped up and rip your wig off. The best way to remove lace tape and lace glue is with rubbing alcohol. Find more ways to remove glue off lace wigs here.
Some tapes come in thicker strips and you can cut them to the shape you need. Like the glue, tape can also last days or weeks depending on how well you apply it and how you take care of it once it’s on. Finally use the concealer on the part to match your skin tone. Then you’re done with it! If you are struggled with these three ways to wear wigs, trial and error is the best way to find out which one is best for you.
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