I remember the day I discovered Lace wigs. It was like a log had been pulled from my eyes, and I too was now able to whip my hair back and forth a la Willow. But with every good thing, there is always a downside. I have recently cut off my relaxed ends and I, like many others, have no intention of ripping off my hard earned edges every time I want to change my wig. Thankfully, you have a range of options when it comes to wigs, so although glue is a good choice, I have a few other suggestions.
Glue/Tape Method – Full Lace Wigs
This is the most well known way of wearing a lace wig, and the most notorious I find that unless you don’t mind looking like Nicki Minaj, you’ll need a pretty big forehead to protect your edges. This is because you need to place the lace in font of your hairline to ensure your edges are not affected. Never have I been so happy with my hammer-forehead.
What you’ll need: Lace adhesive e.g. Ghost Bond or Lace tape, a hairdryer/hood dryer, a steady hand and a headscarf.
- Prepare the front of your hair for the lace application. Cornrow your hair backwards, and wear a wig cap. Cut the lace off the wig.
- Make sure your forehead is free from moisture and oil. Try on the wig and fit it to your head, playing around with the style till you’re satisfied. Ensure the lace is naturally positioned in front of your hairline. I’m not going to terrorise you with the picture of Naomi with no edges but just trust me on this one. Place it in front of your hairline.
- Place a thin strip of lace adhesive in front of your hairline, making sure you don’t touch your baby hairs. Blow dry the area for about 10 minutes or sit under the drying hood to make the area tacky.
- Carefully place your lace wig on to the strip of adhesive but don’t press down. This may cause the glue to bleed through the lace, which looks a bit gross.
- Tie your hair with a headscarf and you can either sit under a dryer for 15 minutes or point a hand dryer over the area for the same amount of time.
- Style the hair as desired! If you have an unfortunate glue line that is lighter than your skin tone, use some adhesive remover on a cotton bud to wipe it off.
- If you want to use tape, it is the exact same method but you have to strategically position the tape so the edges of your lace wig are securely attached.
Blending Method – Full Lace Wigs & Half Head Wigs
This in my opinion is the best way to wear a wig. I have on the Freetress Creta Girl wig which is a half head wig. I have my natural hair out and it blends quite well. I have done this with full head wigs but look at the size of my forehead. Its possible. If you have a smaller head, a half wig may be for you. This might be trickier if your hair is relaxed but textures such as ‘kinky straight would go well with relaxed hair. The golden rule with wigs is try, try, then try again! Application of this wig is similar to using glue but I followed this lovely lady’s
tutorial in the video below:
Glueless Method – Full Lace Wigs
This is popularly known as the ‘Tootsie’s Mom Method’. It involves attaching an elastic band to your wig. It is a very easy method and when done properly, the wig lays flat on your head almost like magic. Its easier to show you how its done than to write it out so here’s the video I learned from. I have not found a better demonstration of this method on YouTube than this:
What methods work for you ladies? If you try any of these, let me know how it goes!
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