Lace wigs are not just for celebrities anymore. Even though many women buy lace wigs online and in stores, there are not always enough qualified and affordable stylists to apply them. Some women prefer to apply the wig at home for privacy reasons, while others do not want to pay for what they can do themselves. Whatever the reason, here is a simple step-by-step guide to applying a lace wig.
Before applying any type of lace wig, you must purchase the proper supplies and prepare your own hair.
Here’s a list of what you’ll likely need:
- a lace front wig
- a skin toned wig cap or Ace bandage wrap (optional)
- a set of tweezers
- salon quality cutting scissors
- bonding agent (glue or tape)
- multiple hair clips and ties
- rubbing alcohol
- skin protectant
If using glue:
- powdered makeup
Suggested but not required:
- Knot Sealer product, i.e., Seal the Knot
- Lace Cap Protectant Spray, i.e., TDI Lace Cap Protectant
Once you have all of your supplies, you are ready to prepare your own hair. You will need to wash and condition your own hair before installing a human hair lace front wig. To keep your hair healthy and scalp from itching, a good wash, and deep conditioner are suggested. Make sure the hair is completely dry and moisturized. If you have damaged hair or split ends, a trim is also encouraged. One of the primary reasons to wear a lace wig is to promote healthy hair while having versatility.
After cleansing the hair and doing any of the suggested hair treatments, you have two options. Some women choose to wear a skin toned curly wig cap under the lace wig for added security, while others simply brush their hair back and then apply. If you choose to wear the wig cap, make sure that it matches your skin tone. You can braid your hair underneath the cap or just wrap it.
A great idea to create an even more realistic-looking scalp is to apply an Ace bandage. Ace bandage is a very inexpensive athletic bandage for muscle injuries that can be purchased at your local drugstore. It clings to itself, so no glue or tape is applied to your hair or scalp. The texture of the bandage gives a bumpy appearance which mimics the scalp appearance underneath the lace front wig. It simply needs to be wrapped around the head, either on top of a regular wig cap or directly to the hair. Make sure to cleanse your hairline with rubbing alcohol and let it dry completely.
If you decide to purchase the suggested products, your unice headband wig will last far longer than others. The knot sealer helps to keep your lace wig from shedding during regular brushing and styling. Spray the product on the inside of the lace wig cap. Let it dry, and then lightly blow-dry. Next, apply the lace cap protectant. This will keep your lace wig cap strong and last longer. Since lace wears out over time, this is a great way to protect the lace front wig cap. Spray on the inside of the lace wig cap, being careful not to get directly on the hair. Spray moderately, so the product does not soak through the lace wig cap. Once dry, apply a second coat. Let this completely dry for at least one hour. Now you are ready to wear your wig properly.