Photo of a woman wearing a newly installed lace front wig extension

A wig is a head covering made from either human hair or synthetic fibers. Officially called a periwig, wigs have long been in existence (since the 17th century). Historically, they were worn by Egyptian men and women as a form of head protection against the scorching sun. Wigs first became popular in 1655 when the king of France, Louis XVI, started using powdered wigs to cover up his thinning hair. Fast forward to the 21st century – wigs have now become a major fashion trend and are used primarily for enhancing beauty.

And of course, as is with every man-made creation, these hair units have only gotten better with time. Over the years, wigs have constantly been modified in an effort to improve their natural appearance, hence the creation of what we call today a “lace front wig.” Lace front wigs are exactly as the name suggests. It is a regular wig with a lace panel to the front hairline of the wig.

Here’s how you wear and keep these babies in place. In order for the wig to remain in place, several steps need to be taken to arrive at perfect results:

  1. Flatten your hair – This is usually done by wrapping or braiding your hair in a circular manner. Different braid patterns are better suited for different hairstyles. There a several different ways to braid your hair down in preparation for wearing wigs. These include the all back method, the beehive and many others that can be found online.
  2. Gently place a stocking cap on your head, ensuring that all your natural hair is tucked beneath the cap to avoid it getting caught in the adhesive. The cap will also help to flatten the hair for a more seamless, more natural and better fit.
  3. Prepare your skin using a cleanser. Depending on how you’ll be securing your wig, you may need to cleanse your skin before applying the wig and glue to your head. Use alcohol along the hairline to remove excess oils. Allow your skin to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  4. Place the wig on your head and ensure that it sits properly and comfortably. The wig may need some adjusting depending on the cap size, as well as the size of your head. When you first put it on, move it around until it fits snugly, but comfortable. Adjust the straps on the back of the cap for a tighter, if necessary.
  5. If the wig has excess lace to the front, trim some away. Leave just enough lace to secure the wig. The lace should not be visible after installing the wig, neither should it cover too much or too little of your forehead. A mere three millimeters of lace should do. This is one step that should not be rushed. Take as much time as you need to ensure that you do not cut into the hairline. Remember to aim for a natural appearance.
  6. Remove the wig to apply the adhesive of your choice – the adhesive used depends on your skin type (oily, dry), your lifestyle, health issues as well as the climate or atmosphere.

Now applying the adhesive is something we should also discuss. Why? Because there are many ways to do. Different methods suit different people. So, take a look and figure out which one is best for you.

  • Tape: Cut a few small pieces of wig tape (as many as you need for your hairline). Using the sticky side of the tape, begin lining your hairline with the tape. Be sure to create an even hairline and to avoid gaps between the tape pieces. Peel off the remaining side of the tape.
  • Liquid Adhesive/ Glue: Using a small brush, apply the glue to your hairline. Again, be sure to create an even line. Allow a few minutes for the glue to become semi-dry before placing the wig. Do not press the lace onto your hairline in attempt to smooth it out. This can result in the glue oozing out from beneath the lace creating a not-so-wonderful look. If a visible glue line does appear, use a cotton bud dipped in remover along the line.
  • Place the wig on your head and fix it into place – Secure the lace onto your hairline, and wait for the glue to dry completely before attempting to style the hair. And remember the do’s and don’ts for each adhesive.

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