How To Attach A Lace Wig
Preparation is key when applying a lace wig, especially for the first time when you do not know how to attach a lace wig. There are a few tools you will need and a container to keep them in will be helpful. If you are waiting for a custom wig, it is a good idea to order all of your supplies several days before you expect it to arrive. There are few local stores that sell wig supplies, so be sure to order plenty of extra adhesive and other supplies that you might run out of, as you will not be able to run up the road to get more.
Tools you will need:
- Adhesive or tape (you’ll get the strongest bond by using both)
- Razor (optional, but recommended)
- Wig cap (optional)
- Scalp protector
- Rubbing alcohol
- Rat tail comb
- Adhesive remover or acetone
Got everything together? Good.
Applying a lace wig can be overwhelming. Be sure you have at least two hours and no distractions so that you can learn how to do it slowly and methodically.
When your wig first arrives, it will need to be trimmed. You will need to cut the lace all the way back to the hair, being careful not to cut the baby hairs. Any excess lace will look obvious, no matter how much makeup is used to try to mask it.
Applying Your Wig
- Prepare your hair by putting it in cornrows or use get to set it flat. A wig cap can be used to hold hair flat, but is not necessary.
- Use rubbing alcohol to thoroughly clean the hairline.
- Shaving stray hairs from the hairline and nape of the neck is not necessary, but will provide a better bond and prevent adhesive from pulling out these hairs.
- Apply scalp protector liberally to your hairline and allow it to dry. It will look shiny, but not feel wet or tacky.
- If you’re using tape, apply it around your hairline and the nape of the neck. Do not remove backing until the front hairline is secure.
- Apply 1-2 coats of adhesive to skin and tape on the hairline. Wait 5-10 minutes between coats until adhesive is tacky to the touch.
- Once adhesive is tacky, place the wig on your head, matching the center of the wig to the center of your head. If the wig is long, put the hair in a ponytail to keep it out of the way.
- This is the hard part, so slow down. Starting at the center, press the lace down on the glue and/or tape using the rat tailed comb. Work slowly from the center to your ear, one side at a time, adjusting as you go so that the edge of the lace lines up with the edge of the glue.
- Roll the wig up and remove backing from the tape at the nape. If you are planning to wear the hair down, you can skip the tape in back and secure with bobby pins. This may be more comfortable. If you are using adhesive in back, secure the wig in the same manner as you did in front.
- Tie a scarf around the perimeter for at least twenty minutes to help the adhesive set more securely
- Wait 24-48 hours before getting the area wet to give the adhesive time to set. Do not use any alcohol or oil based products near your hairline to keep the wig in place.
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