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Lace front wigs are a common choice for women that want full coverage from ear to ear so that it will mimic a natural hairline. To apply wigs, glue is common but there are a number of other options, too. If you want to know how to put on a lace front wig without glue, sewing, using clips, and wig grips are good options.
Each technique has its pros and cons so we’ve put together this simple guide to help you make the best decision so your crown can fit the way you want it.
Getting your natural hair ready for your lace front wig is an important step in securing your new look. Methods for prepping your hair vary depending on your hair’s length, texture, and thickness but ultimately, you want your hair to be as flat and smooth as possible.
Regardless of which method you choose, start by moisturizing your hair and scalp and making sure your forehead is dry. This will help your lace front lay better.
Here are three common ways to prepare your hair for a wig install:
Simple braids or straight back cornrows are a great way to prep hair for a lace front wig. Short and long hair can be braided, but this is especially useful for short, fine hair
1) Use moisturizing cream as needed if hair feels dry.
2) Smooth edges and hairline back with styling gel or cream.
3) Separate your hair into four or five sections, while being mindful of where you want to part your hair.
4) Braid each section, twisting at the ends to secure loose edges.
5) Pull braids towards the middle-back of head and secure with bobby pins.
Cornrows create the flattest surface for a lace front install, especially if you’re prepping for a sleek, fierce wig. It’s also a great choice for thick, long hair that may stick out more with a regular braid.
You can cornrow your hair yourself, or ask someone to help to ensure clean, tight braids. The braids shouldn’t be too tight or it causes tension on your edges.
Twists require less prep time, but hair tends to come out more quickly. Here are some tips to prep sleek twists:
1) Separate hair into multiple sections on your head using clips.
2) Unclip one section and apply a moisturizing cream, using fingers to gently work the product into hair and stretch. Do the same for each section.
3) Begin taking small sections of hair, splitting into two parts, and tightly twisting towards the nape of the neck.
Once you’ve properly prepped your hair for wig installation, it’s time to choose which method to use to secure your wig to your head:
Wig grips are a flexible fabric (usually velvet) that wrap around your head and provide a place to secure your wig, which is great if you’re moving around a lot. It’s best to choose a band that’s close to your skin color so it’s more difficult to see the band underneath your wig, especially for wigs without bangs. To install, follow these simple steps:
For a lace front installation with glue, you want to first secure your hair with a stocking cap or clips, just like you would in step one for installing with wig grip. If you use a stocking cap, make sure to use hairspray or styling gel to secure the edges in place.
Then, follow these steps to show off your locks, your way:
If you want a long-term wig solution that protects your hair and skin from adhesives, sewing in a lace front wig may be your go-to. This process does require more time and is best done with the assistance of an extra pair of hands. For sewing, you’ll need the following supplies:
Before sewing in your wig, you’ll want to cornrow your hair so that you have a secure surface to sew in the lace front wig. If you’re looking for an extra layer of protection and security, you can use a wig/stocking cap on top of your braids. Use the same technique with hairspray to ensure your wig cap’s edges stay in place.
Then, follow these steps for a secure sew-in lace front installation:
So many ways to install lace front wigs, but which hair to choose? Perstar hair is the leading choice for virgin human hair, ready-to-wear wigs, lace front wigs, and 360-degree lace wigs. Don’t forget that you can get a free hair install or free wig customization with your Perstar hair purchase, making it that much easier to get the fierce look you want anytime. Want to learn more about our wigs, how to wash a human hair wig, or how to choose your look? Check out our blog for all the latest.