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How to Wear Lace Front Wigs

Ladies, please take a look at the picture of Ciara above. That is how NOT to wear a lace front wig. Let me start by explaining what inspired this post. Quite frankly I’m scared. Scared for my Kenyan sisters who are notorious for copying trends without researching the trend. I went to my hairdresser this past weekend. She had on what she thought was a lace front. It looked like 10 dead racoons piled on top of her head. This same atrocious looking lady, tried to convince me to get my hair done just like hers. In her defence, she’s really good at what she does. So I chose to assume that she was not responsible for the mess on her head. I politely declined her offer and insisted on sticking to my same old comfortable style, which looks amazing if I may say so myself.

As with most things, it’s better to start with definitions. Simply put, lace front wigs are full wigs with mesh lace attached in front and beyond the “hair line” of the wig, which is custom fitted, trimmed, and temporarily glued to ones skin around the hairline.  You can’t see where the lace starts or ends. The mesh lace also provides for natural looking partings in the hair. The difference between a full lace wig and a lace front wig is that full lace wigs can be parted anywhere throughout the wig, while lace front wigs can only be parted in a limited portion of the front.

Lace wigs are popular because you can style them just like you would your natural hair. You can braid it, curl it, wear it in a pony tail or let it fall loose. Therein lies their beauty. There are many Hollywood stars who love to wear lace front wigs as they are easy to maintain. Besides, you can swim and shower in them and be as active as you would like to in them. You can wear them up to three months before you have to take them off and take care of them unless they get very grimy or greasy before that.

There are basically two kinds of lace that are used to make lace wigs; one is Swiss lace which is very delicate and so thin that it cannot even be noticed. French lace on the other hand is fine and cannot be detected too but is much stronger than the Swiss lace. As a general rule of thumb however, Swiss lace is less visible than French lace. The lace can be dyed to match your exact skin tone so that the lace front wigs appear and blend even more naturally. Please make sure you try to get lace that blends with your skin tone as much as possible. There is only so much that makeup can do and the pic of Ciara above and the pic of Mary J. Blige below are a perfect testament to that.

Also make sure that the cap is a good fit. When getting a custom made lace wig it is designed to fit the person it is for. It will fit far better than a ready-made one, and thus give off a more natural look. Make sure that when you are choosing a wig you keep in mind the shape of your face. It is kind of like picking a hairstyle that will look right on you.

Applying the glue is another tricky part of the process. Attach the adhesive strips to the back side of the wig. Some people may choose to use adhesive glue. When the adhesive dries it should not be noticeable. A clear demonstration of how things can go wrong is Beyonce:

Please note that lace wigs are not meant to be worn full time. They should primarily be used to give your natural hair a break. Constant wearing of lace wigs will give you the “Naomi Campbell” hair line:

A few tips to protect your hairline while wearing lace wigs:

  • Try the wig on before cutting off the additional lace at the front. You need to leave a little extra lace on the front to catch the glue. Cutting the lace too short creates a bad fit and excessive pull.

  • Use hair gel, corn rows or a wig stocking to slick hair back. Using an unbreathable fabric to hold your hair under the wig causes damage to your existing hair.

  • Prevent damage to existing hair and scalp by applying the adhesive directly on the skin and not on existing hair.

  • Apply only approved glue for the wig and scalp. Using other types of adhesives may cause damage to the hair, scalp and wig.

  • Remove the glue first with lace release remover. If you pull the unit from the scalp before you clean away the glue, your hair may pull out.

  • Allow the adhesive remover to sit for a while prior to attempting to remove the wig. It takes a few minutes for the glue to soften. If you attempt to remove the wig too soon, it will tug natural hairs out of the scalp.

  • Keep your hair and wig clean. Wash the wig as often as the manufacturer recommends to deter any possibility of bacterial of fungal infection. Infection is infrequent but can occur.

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46 responses

  1. tedonyango

    Too much work! Let me stick to the scarfs….

    June 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    • Jan

      Absolutely!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  2. It is interesting how once you become aware of something you start to see it everywhere. And since I’ve learned about lace wigs I do now notice. Almost every lace wig style I see on those fine women, that I work with, I have found on the lace front wigs for black women site. I like looking at lace wig pictures.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:25 am

  3. Yessenia

    Love this. Thanks so much! You really broke it down

    August 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm

  4. madison

    where in nairobi can i have this proffesionally done am sick and tired of unnatural looking weaves.

    August 29, 2011 at 8:26 am

  5. good piece.. i see this all the time in london so much that my friends always come to me to detect if some1 is wearing a lace front or not. love this piece as i abt to do my own lace front too… d that i seen another hair blog.. u can check out mine too at http://www.slimtingz18.wordpress.com God bless

    October 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

  6. skynun

    I agree with everything except the comments about Naomi as her hair was pulled out by wearing weaves. That is not a wig she is wearing but a weave attached to the hair she has left.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

  7. i dont think beyonce is wearing a wig what do you think

    December 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    • ainhoa perujo

      Beyonce naturally does have long hair but she decides to have white people frotn lace wig to make it seem longer and natural than it is. For example Nicki minaj, she wears very very very very very very very vwery very good front lace wig its barely noticable, but if you go on her pictures on the internet you can see that she has long hair so yh

      April 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    • Barbora

      Beyonce wearing that of course…

      August 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm

  8. Alma

    hey,
    my hair’s really thinning out as a side effect of a migraine drug. since i’ll be on it for the next six weeks i’m thinking yay lace front. now Nairobi rocks but i have looked for a place to get a lace front done and i either get blank looks or crazy prices. if it aint a pain in the rear pretty please advise. Nothing Shaniqua, plain and simple as you put it will do. will i get the Naomi effect? (insert gasp)

    January 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm

  9. ghettoliciouschica

    the best ghetto fab look! but i aint got dat kinda muny, yah feel me?! to much fo me, i caynt evn afford weave really but im a black girl with good mixed girl hair so im good, cuz im mixed and part cherokee and part hispanic, mosta my girls i hang widd all want “dat gudd hair” meanin white girl hair “like myne” well i want black girl hair, cuz i want braids to hold mor den a week. well i styl lukk ghetto fab, muy SWAGG! well lace frunts are a gudd idea but to much for me. immean u gotta du it right or people will no u got 1 on. do it right or dont do it at all.

    April 12, 2012 at 6:14 am

    • Nicole

      Honey, they way you speak is ridiculous.

      March 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

  10. ghettoliciouschica

    OMG! Wat du she have on?! -She ratched!- Her lace frunt is all wrong! -Cuz she ratched.- hummmm….. lemme take dis heffas picta! -she ratched!- got it! bouta put dis thang on twitta! -um, she ratched.-

    April 12, 2012 at 6:17 am

    • K

      Hahaha! ^^ She ratcheeet!

      July 25, 2012 at 5:46 am

  11. Why only black sexy and successful females was on display? stupid…. why not use Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, The Kardashians Sisters, Jillian Barbie, and a host of other latios and white girls walking around with weaves, clip on hair and lace front wigs. whateva!

    April 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

  12. grace

    were can i buy a lace wig here in Namibia or can i order it even from south africa and what is the price

    May 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  13. i didn’t understand anything indeed if someone get old y does she wonna still pretty ??????? Wrinkles are the old’s beauty and that’s up for you

    May 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

  14. Patrícia Coelho (crossdresser em Portugal)

    Hi… I usualy wear a front lace wig that I bought in Spain. I use it with a special doble side strips and I haven’t had any bad experience using with those.. After I read this post, I’m going to a wig shop and try to buy some wig glue. It look’s a better fit.

    Greeting from Portugal

    June 4, 2012 at 2:41 am

    • dotty

      Hey, patricia. I live in spain and would like information about that place u bought your lace in. Could u be so kind?

      January 21, 2013 at 1:05 am

  15. Aspen

    Okay, so don’t laugh at me, and when I tell you this I’m dead serious. But the best places I’ve ever bought wigs was here: http://www.cosplay.com/wigs/ and trust me, I have a billion of them. They’re not lace front, and you don’t glue them on, but I have worn them every day for weeks and had no problems with it. They all come in about 40 different colors, and they’re so realistic, people often think it’s my real hair. I recommend these because they’re very well made, and very realistic :)

    June 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm

  16. Tina

    Loved the article. Nicely informative. Thanks, girl!

    July 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

  17. don´t hate yourself

    Black people are really sick. Why don´t you simply wear what you were born with? Or if you have to put on another person´s hair on your head, why not put one that looks like the one you were born with? They al look like drag queens. And yes, Beyounce always has a lace front. Her hair must be very damaged now from yrs of that lace rag on her head. Shall we ever overocome?

    July 23, 2012 at 1:40 am

    • jane

      Oh shut up let people where whatever the hell they wanna wear on ‘their head’ if someone wants to put a mop on their head and wear it for 2 years its their doggone business, woman get a life, insecure boring, jealous people always have shit to say about people just wanting to have fun with beauty and style. Get lost…..and Ciara looks gorgeous …this stupid post is non-sense too first of all only profiling black women, and trying to say how to wear a wig if they wanna freaking slap it on their head with or without glue, they still look gorgeous, how these women wear their hair doesnt matter they are and will always be drop dead gorgeous, get a life people its just hair, go get an education, advance spiritually, do something more deeper with yourself than sit back and judge how someone wears their hair ya’ll make me wanna puke!

      November 28, 2012 at 4:50 am

      • jane

        “wear”

        November 28, 2012 at 4:51 am

    • Zee

      you talking nonsense not only black people wear wigs, whites wear em too

      December 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  18. 000

    After seeing Naomi Campbell’s hairline, I will never get a lace front lol

    August 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

  19. We will overcome

    Some of us take real good care of our hair under our wigs. My hair is natural (no heat, no perm, no commercial shampoo or conditioner, no styling gel, no blue magic, no stretching, no braiding or twisting). I use acv, baking soda, and either coconut or olive oil on my tresses. I also finger detangle. My hair is growing like wildfire and I have no dandruff. But I need wigs to change up my style without hurting my hair. Why perm anymore when you can wig it up?

    August 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  20. tinykiki

    okay black people don’t always were wigs all the time also one more thing is that a lot of white people were wigs almost more then black people do.

    August 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    • jane

      Amen, tell them girl…they piss me off, shut the eff up about hair people

      November 28, 2012 at 4:52 am

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  22. sharri

    Great article…

    October 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  23. Chloe

    Ok thx!!!

    October 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm

  24. Nova

    I’ve got 2 wigs on my own, none of them are front lace wig, tho…

    they are NOT custome-made. They ARE Syntetic / not real human hair.
    I use NO glue.

    The only thing i do is to sew them in, on my own. ( Cuz my head is kind of Small ! Lol ! )

    But what i want to say is : If you take good care of it, you don’t need all that…stuff.
    They’re real EASY and cheep ; 300 – 700 kr. (swedish krona).

    …and when i put the wig on, is to add some hairpaste “to lick my own hair back” ( or gel, wax, spray – whatever i’ve got at home. ) My own hair is rly short and it works fantastic.

    Wear them almost every day, take them off when o come home.

    I chose to shave my own hair off and wait for my own to grow, because i was tierd of the coloured, and damaged hair i had.
    I wanted my own colour too, and didnt think off it as a big deal.
    Hair – in every way – It’s really fun i think!

    I love hair. it’s my hobby. Instead of haircolour or hairstyles, my money goes to wigs now ! ;)

    Actually thinking to buy a Front Lace Wig, but NO wig-Glue, because THAT makes me uncomfortable… i think it’ll work just fine ;D

    Intresting reading.. and l just LOL-ed at Beyonces hairline-wrinkles !
    Glued Wrong, to much or WAY FAR on to her face, instead of her actuall hairline… >_<

    October 27, 2012 at 6:49 am

  25. Nova

    And also … i’ve gotten soooooooooo much comments for my Beautiful hair :
    concludion – it looks fucking real ! <3

    for examples :

    * a woman at the buss-stop started talking to me.

    * my own classmates didnt know it was a wig, thought ther where real – untill i told them! :D

    * at the store when buying unhealthy weekend-snack's, the cashier told me : "… oooh that hairstyle is waaaaaay tooo cuuuute!" *she stared awfully long and then said..* "…you have so beautfull hair, do do use some special hair-treatment-products?" "

    She or anyone else, has never seen that it haven't been real. and ppl have stared, and not realised it. At all.

    And i do not complicate things with glue or expensive wigs, at aaaaaaall. thankyou, and ….im sorry for the …"Book " i've written here, lol ! :D

    October 27, 2012 at 7:02 am

  26. Totally loving this blog…If you’re in Kenya and wondering where you can have your hair done by PROFESSIONALS, check out http://www.chekinywele.com or visit their Facebook page ‘CHEKI NYWELE’ …I don’t look no further nowadays… Good luck!

    November 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm

  27. Jimmy

    Forget the wigs, time to live life being real and being happy with how you look naturally. laugh at http://www.lolsmania.com

    November 13, 2012 at 2:57 am

  28. khadija

    Beyonce does wear a weave, she said it herself and you can aslo search it up on google!:-)

    December 25, 2012 at 1:26 am

    • G

      Wow. Great grammar and spelling ladies,

      February 28, 2013 at 5:15 am

  29. ebony

    ALL celebrities of all races wear wigs and pieces. black people r just late at knowing this. and yes,though beyonce’s hair is nice,she does wear pieces and wigs it out. her mother made some of those pieces and she has a hair line out(which is,yes,too rich for my blood).but,pices r not worn or made cuz someone may not,’have hair’. its like wearing a piece of clothing,u change up without damaging ur real hair. the good thing with pieces is u can b creative or go with how u feel at a time. i can have it long through the winters coldness(and holiday parties) or wear it in a short pixie9for a fresh summer look. people put too much on hair controversy.its not wanting ‘white folk’ hair9i mean,hello…white people wear fake ponies too).

    January 22, 2013 at 1:43 am

  30. lol scary how easy things could go wrong with these wigs

    February 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm

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  32. Sherel Johnsonn

    Thanx but after seeing how it pulls hair off i decided lace wigs aren’t for me

    March 27, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  33. kgomotso

    Thnx 4 da tips sum lace are just plain ugly now I know how to get a proper lace weave thnx big up

    December 6, 2013 at 12:32 am

  34. Ann

    Ya know, I just ordered an Iman lace front wig. Lots of people have posted that while they loved the hair (looked real, not too shiny, etc.) they sent the wigs back because they could not keep the wigs on their heads. They were either too small or too big–they could not be certain. Some commented that the caps also seemed to peak in a sort of point in the middle of the head which looked odd if your head is not normally shaped like that (like an alien? hehe). Your article was a big eye opener. I had no idea that I might have to glue Iman’s wig to my head in order to keep it on! Jesus! Call me just a dumb semi-white lady.

    December 11, 2013 at 12:42 am

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