There are several advantages in learning how to make a lace front wig. Due to the intensive labor involved in making one, these wigs are usually expensive. The cost of maintaining a lace front wig is also quite high, and stylists charge at an hourly rate. Those who can make their own wigs can do their own maintenance work. Also, once you have mastered the art of making a lace wig, it is possible to start a business making wigs for others.
Items you will need
- Head block
- Ventilation needle
- Rubber band
- Easy Tab Compound
Design a hairstyle for your lace front wig. The style you select will determine the position of the hair strands when it is time to ventilate the lace. You can choose any style you want, and even make allowance for center or side parts.
Place the lace foundation on your head and trace your hairline. If you are not making a full wig, trace the outline of the area you will cover.
Put the lace on a head block. Secure it to the block with a rubber band. You can also place pins along the edges of the outline for a snug fit of the lace foundation on the head block.
Begin the ventilation process. Starting at the back, pass the ventilation needle through a hole. Place one or two doubled-up strands of hair on the needle and pull a small loop of hair through the hole. Pull the rest of the hair through the loop and tighten to knot the hair.
Repeat this process for the holes within the outline. Ventilate the lace to suit the direction of your hairstyle.
Apply the Easy Tab Compound to the front of the wig or hairpiece. Remove the lace foundation from the head block and brush the compound along the underside of the edges, 3/4 inch from the edge of the outline. Wait for the compound to dry.
Cut away the excess fabric along the edge of the outline. Cut and style your wig or hairpiece.
Develop your wig-making skills. You can learn more wig-making techniques by reading books on the subject. For instance, read "The World of Wigs, Weaves and Extensions" by Toni Love or “Wigs and Makeup for Theater, TV and Film” by Patricia Baker (see Resources below).
Coat the underside of the front hairline of the wig with the compound. This will prevent the hair in front from being pulled out when you take the wig off your head.