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Lace Front Wigs

Lace Front Wigs

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Simply put, lace front wigs are wigs with a piece of lace sewn into the front. This lace is then bonded to a person's head, by means of glue, double-sided tape or bonding agents, for a seamless and natural hairpiece. Custom-made lace front wigs will have human hair pulled through the front to create a completely natural look. If done properly, lace front wigs are incredibly realistic. Applying these wigs is not a simple process, though. If instructions aren't followed, severe damage can be done to the natural hair and scalp. The proper materials must be used as well as cover-up make up applied to make lace front wigs safe and stylish.

Both applying and removing lace front wigs are tricky procedures. Let's go through them slowly.

French or Swiss lace, polyurethane, and monofilament wig caps are the three general categories. French lace is like the mesh of a window screen. Strands of hair are tied to each one of the small holes to create the full head of hair. Monofilament lace cap material is much finer, almost like that of quality panty hose. The smaller holes make the cap much more natural looking, almost imperceptible against the skin. Monofilament material lets you control hair density so it looks like the hair is growing straight from your scalp. Polyurethane is the most realistic look in wig caps, but is rarely used because of the insufficient air flow beneath the cap (this often accelerates hair loss), difficulty repairing damages and adding hair to the front hairline, and because our natural scalp oil causes the polyurethane material to ripple and harden. Additionally, polyurethane wigs are extremely hot. All these reasons combined make polyurethane wigs fairly uncommon.

Bonding: Once bonded, a wig cannot be pulled, and your own hair is sealed against damage. For daily wear of up to ten days, standard strength toupee tape or adhesive can be used. For longer usage, anywhere from two to six weeks, products such as Pro flex, Opti tape or Vapon Silicon adhesive are recommended. There are different types of tape, and each is specifically designed to adhere to its corresponding materials. So check the packaging carefully before you purchase any bonding tape to ensure you are getting the right one.

Place your hair in a tight hair sock or net.

Spread two or three very thin layers of adhesive glue all around your entire scalp. The glue should be thin enough to be imperceptible.

While glue is drying, apply strips of tape to the back of the wig (the part that will rest on the nape of your neck). For ease of use, clip all the hair up and back.

Put on your lace front wig, and pull the wig over the glued area, firmly pressing the front edge of the lace down on the glue. You can do this with your fingers or a hard comb.

Press on the adhesive tape in the back to secure the wig to the entire area.

Go all the way around the head, and add more glue (in thin layers) if necessary.

To remove: Use a strong solvent, 99% alcohol is very effective, when removing a bonded wig to prevent damage to your hair or foundation.

Spray or rub the solution across the seam line of the wig.

Slowly peel away from one temple and continue around the scalp, applying more solvent as necessary. Don't forget to clean your wig so that it can be worn again.

If any glue remains on the wig cap, do what is called the mirror slide. No, this is not a trendy dance move, rather an efficient beauty technique. Using any plain mirror, rub the wig against the mirrored surface. You'll see that the glue comes off instantly, adhering instead to the mirror itself. Adhesive remover should be used to remove any glue from the actual hair of the wig.

Tip: You can use Rit Dye to alter the color of the lace to match your skin color.

Tip: Watch this video for a visual aid on applying your wig.

Tip: Apply cover up at the front hairline to ensure seamless appearance.

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