How to Wear Lace Front Wigs

by Contributing Writer

Lace and net front wigs are full wigs (not toupees or falls) made with a strip of lace or netting attached at the hairline in order to create a natural look. When worn properly, it is difficult to tell it is a wig.

Items you will need

  • Liquid adhesive
  • Skull cap
  • Hair pins
  • Lace release/spirit gum remover/alcohol
  • Small brush
  • Styling products (anti frizz, hair spray, gel, etc.)
  • Styling tools (curling iron, straightening iron, blow dryer, curlers etc.)
  • Decorative styling accessories (clips, hair-bands, head-bands, ribbons etc.)
  • Wide paddle brush
  • Wide tooth comb
Step 1

Clean the skin on your face, making sure to get into the hairline, using a non-oily soap. If you use moisturizer, be sure to stop about 1 inch away from your hairline. Wait a few moments to make sure your skin is completely dry before beginning.

Step 2

Pull your hair away from from your face and secure it to your scalp with hair pins in pin curls.

Step 3

Put the skull cap on.

Step 4

Grasp the lower back edge of the wig foundation with both hands. You might want to lean forward a bit, especially if the wig is long. Slide it up over the forehead until the hairpieceā€™s hair line is about an inch or two from where you want it to be. Then pull the piece down over the rest of the head.

Step 5

Slide it back farther until it is in the correct position, just in front of your natural hairline, using both hands.

Step 6

Trim the lace back matching its shape to the shape of your own hairline. Be careful not over trim, it is necessary to have a strip of lace to adhere to the skin.

Step 7

Use pins the same color as the wig and gently push them through the hair of the wig, through the base of the wig, through the skull cap and into the pin curls.

Step 8

Lift the lace netting off the skin by gently folding it up and back. Apply a thin layer of adhesive around the perimeter of your hairline. Wait a few moments for the adhesive to become sticky. Unfold and press the lace netting into the line of glue on your skin.

Tips

  • The best way to secure the hair before putting on the skull cap is by creating pin curls. To do this, separate the hair into small sections (one-half inch or less) and roll it around your fingers then pin it flat to your scalp.

Warnings

  • Some people might be allergic to the adhesive, remover and or styling products.

References

  • "Makeup"; PJ Hughes;1992.
  • "Stage Makeup"; R Corson; 1990.
  • "Create Your Own Stage Make-up"; Gill Davies; 2001.

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