Lace Wigs, What To Look For, & Everything You Need To Know Before Buying
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Should I Go For Human Or Synthetic Hair?
This totally depends on what you want to do with your wig. In the past, synthetic hair was overly shiny and screamed ‘wig!’ at anyone who looked at you. Now, synthetic hair technology has improved vastly, and often it’s hard to tell the difference between good synthetic hair and human hair. You can even use heat on synthetic hair nowadays, when in the past that would have been a melting, smoking hair disaster!
Still, you’ll have to take some of your preferences into consideration before choosing synthetic or human hair.
You’ll want a human hair wig if:
- You want to color or bleach your wig
- If you want to perm your wig
- If you want a wig that will last for years and years
You’ll want a synthetic wig if:
- You want a bright color that will never fade – the brightest colors are usually on synthetic wigs
- You want an unnatural curl or wave pattern that you don’t have to style
How To Put On Lace Wigs
Follow these steps to put on your lace wig:
Step 1 – Prepare your own hair. You’ll want to get it as flat on your scalp as possible. This might mean small cornrows, or wrapping your hair around your head. Add any protective products, but not too much, or it’ll make your hair itch under the wig. Then apply your wig cap, if you’re using one. Line it up with your hairline.
Step 2 – Prepare the wig. Clip all the baby hair and the edge hair away from the lace edges of the wig.
Step 3 – Prepare your hairline. Clean the skin at the hairline with soap and water or with an alcohol based cleaner. You need to make sure you have no oil on your skin, otherwise the adhesive won’t take. Add a layer of skin protectant if you can.
Step 4 – Apply the glue or the adhesive tape. Let it dry until it’s tacky. Do NOT place the lace wig on wet glue.
Step 5 – Position your wig. Bond the wig to the glue, starting at the center of your hairline. Then lay the wig down along the sides of your hairline and press down. If you make a mistake, use a Q tip with alcohol to release the bond and start again. Double check everything is in place properly. When it is, use the flat side of a comb to press the wig down onto your head and secure it.
Step 6 – Tie down your hairline. You can tie a silk scarf around your hairline for a while. This will help the glue to bond with your lace and your head and make sure there is no slippage during drying.
Step 7 – Enjoy your new look!
How To Wash Lace Wigs
At some point, you’re going to have to wash your wigs.
For lace front wigs, you’ll need to take them off your head to wash. For full lace wigs, you can leave them on or take them off. To wash a human hair wig, you’ll need to:
- Brush (if straight) or finger comb (if curly) before washing.
- Use cold or cool water to wet the wig. N.B.: If you are wearing the wig on your head, don’t wet the roots or your own hair – just wet the ends.
- Gently apply a shampoo.
- Rinse the hair twice.
- Gently apply conditioner and leave on for around 2 minutes.
- Apply a small amount of leave in conditioner.
- Allow to airdry thoroughly, away from direct sunlight.
For synthetic wigs, you’ll use a shampoo and conditioner especially formulated for this hair type.
How To Style Lace Wigs
It’s best to invest in a wig brush and a wig comb. Wig mousse and other wig hair care products are excellent choices too, because they are often gentler than the versions we’d use on our own hair. This is especially important if you’ve bought a synthetic unit, as the ‘hair’ does not respond to products like human hair would.
If you have a human hair lace wig, basically any styling goes. You can use heat, you can dye it, bleach it, curl it, or anything else you want. We only advise that you be more careful than with your own hair because the lace is delicate and you can damage it by tugging on the hair too hard.
Each synthetic wig is different, depending on what it’s made of. When you buy a synthetic wig, there will be instructions on the packaging that let you know what kind of styling you can do. Perming, dying and bleaching is always a no-no. You can use heat on many synthetic wigs these days, and the packaging should let you know the heat your unit will tolerate. If you’re in any doubt about what you can do with your wig and what you can’t, contact the manufacturer and ask.
Lace Wigs, What To Look For, & Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Conclusion
We hope you’ve learned a lot about the world of lace wigs from this article. Next time we see you, who knows? You might have a headful of bright red curls! With lace wigs, the possibilities are endless.