How to Bleach Your Knots

by Meg Butler

Bleaching the knots will keep your lace front looking natural.

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In many lace front wigs, the individual hairs are attached to the netting of the wig via knots. In dark wigs, these small knots give a dotted appearance, ruining the illusion that it is your own hair. Lightening with bleach helps to camouflage them to a degree. The camouflage is most effective on brown wigs over lighter hair. If your hair is a very light brown or blonde, bleaching the knots to this color may not make much difference. Black wig hairs are too color saturated to take well to dye and blonde wig hairs aren't going to get much lighter.

Items you will need

  • Fabric dye remover
  • Professional powder bleach
  • Dye brush
  • Shampoo
Step 1

Apply a fabric dye remover to the knots in the wig along the hairline from ear to ear. The dye remover will help to remove some of the dye currently on the wig knots and help it take the bleach better. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and amounts. Use a dye brush for application.

Step 2

Rinse the fabric dye out thoroughly with cold water.

Step 3

Wash the wig with shampoo, then rinse.

Step 4

Air dry the wig.

Step 5

Mix a professional-grade powder bleach with equal amounts of 20 percent, 30 percent or 40 percent developer. Use a nonmetallic (plastic or glass) bowl. Twenty percent developer will lighten the hair one to two shades lighter, 30 percent will raise it two to three shades lighter, and so on. The higher percentage developer, the more damage it does to the hairs in the wig and the sooner it will begin shedding. Balancing between lightening and structural integrity is a personal choice that each wig owner must make. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for mixing directions.

Step 6

Paint the cream bleach onto the knots of the hairs along the hairline, from ear to ear. Work from the underside of the wig. Stipple the bleach onto the knots to make sure that you make full contact. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application procedures.

Step 7

Rinse the bleach out with cold water when it turns from orange to light yellow (usually in 10 to 15 minutes) or gives the indication listed on the bleach's instructions. Do not exceed the timing in an attempt to further lighten the hairs. This will strip the wig hairs and reduce their structural integrity.

Step 8

Wash the wig with shampoo, then rinse.

Step 9

Air dry the wig.

Tips

  • Do not use bleach on wigs that use a polyurethane tape tab system. Do not attempt to bleach the wig again for a lighter color. This will degrade the individual hairs and cause them to shed prematurely.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.