- Figure out your essentials
- Techniques to know
- Best practices when bleaching your lace
- When to see a stylist
The other day I got caught in a cycle of posts on social media that was counting down the worse celebrity wigs* of all time. As I looked through the posts there was a mixture of “downright ridiculous” to “something is just not right with that hair”. If I were to identify the common thread for the so-called wig atrocities, it was how unnatural and wiggy they looked.
Most of us are pretty hip to the wig* game, we all know how much of a lifesaver they can be when we are trying to take a break from our hair or just change our look without changing our real hair.
If you are a seasoned wig wearer then you know one of the worse crimes you can commit is having your hair look way too fake or just like an uncomfortable hat instead of neat and seamless. These days companies are getting pretty savvy at customizing their wigs to make them appear natural looking and we have become experts at customizing our wigs as well.
With that said, if you are new to the ‘slay your wig game” then this post is for you. In this post, we wanted to break it all down creating a cheat sheet of sorts for getting your lace wigs* to look as natural as possible. Additionally, we will be giving you a little trick you can use to camouflage your parts with one simple adhesive application.
What is a lace front wig
A lace front wig can have human hair or synthetic hair that is tied by hand to a sheer lace base which goes over the scalp. full lace wigs* have the lace all over the cap which will give you more versatility when styling because you can part from anywhere and see what looks like “scalp”.
A lace front wig will give you parting in the front, left, right or center part just at the crown of your head. These days wig* companies are creating wigs* that have very realistic hairlines but a little personal customization never hurts!
Now that we are clear on what a lace front is let’s get into these tips!
Find your nude cap
By your nude cap we mean, the cap that best fits your skin tone. Your nude cap will be worn under your wig so you want to ensure that it mimics your scalp and skin as much as it can.
If you are not sure about what color to purchase we would advise that you purchase a nude wig cap* that is lighter than your skin because it is easier to use concealer to darken the cap rather than go lighter if you have to.
Purchase a Velcro Wig Grip
A wig grip helps to keep your wig from sliding off your head and it also helps to lay the lace. Another really awesome benefit to the wig grip is it helps to keep your wig snug on your head especially if your wig is too big and you need to tighten it a bit.
Use powder foundation on your knots or knot sealer to camouflage your knots
You will notice that some lace will have pretty huge knots or holes that if you were to put the wig on your head, the knots will look very unrealistic.
Most people use a Knot sealer to seal the knots on the lace which helps to keep the hair intact on the wig and reduce shedding. The powder foundation or concealer is used on top of the knot sealer to further seal the knots.
Add about 3 layers of sealer and foundation on the cap to ensure that you get all of the knots sealed as much as possible.
This is a great alternative to bleaching your knots because if you are not professional, you can end up bleaching the hair or damaging it.