How to Put on Lace Front Wig
By Stephan Serrano 2020-4-20

Lace front wigs are a great choice for many women who want ear to ear coverage. They are also very easy to put on and although most people choose to use glue, there are a number of ways that you can apply lace front wigs.

In this article, we take a look at how to put on a lace front wig. We will address more than one way to do it so you can have options when it comes time to actually put on the wig.

Preparing your Natural Hair for Wearing the Lace Front Wig

The first step in putting on a lace wig is preparing your natural hair for the process. This is perhaps the most important part of the process since it aids in securing the wig to your hair. The method you choose to use to prepare your hair will depend on the length, thickness and texture of your hair. The main thing to keep in mind though is that you want your natural hair to be as flat as possible.

We are going to look at three of the most common ways to prepare hair for a wig installation. It I however important to note that regardless of the method you choose, begin by moisturizing the hair and your scalp to keep your natural hair healthy. But, keep your forehead dry. This will make it easier to lay the lace front. The following are three ways to prepare your natural hair for the process.

1. Braiding

One of the easiest ways to prepare your hair for a lace front wig is simple braids. This is an ideal solution for both long and short hair, but it is most useful if you have short, fine hair. Follow these simple steps to do it.

Step 1: Begin by moisturizing your hair if it feels dry and then smooth the edges in the hairline with a suitable cream or styling gel.

Step 2: Separate your hair into sections, about 4 or 5 depending on your hair's thickness. At this point, it is also important to take note of where you want to part your hair.

Step 3: Braid each section of hair as tightly as you can and twist the ends to secure any loose edges.

Step 4: Once you have braided all sections, pull the braids towards the back of your head and use bobby pins to pin the braids to the mid-back part of your hair.

2. Cornrows

Cornrows are perhaps the best style to completely flatten your natural hair as much as possible. It is also the best style to choose if you are installing a sleek, straight wig.

It is often difficult to cornrow your hair yourself and if you want the best results, you may want to ask someone else to do it for you. It is important to make sure that the cornrows are not too tight as this could cause tension on the edges.

3. Twists

Twists are perhaps the easiest and the quickest way to prepare your hair for a lace wig installation. The following are some steps to help you get the most effective twists.

Step 1: Begin by separating your hair into sections and use clips to clip each section individually on your head.

Step 2: Unclip one section and apply moisturizing cream to each section, using your fingers to work the product into the hair as much as possible. This will help the hair stretch, a very important factor in getting the best twists.

Step 3: Take a small section of hair and split it into two parts. Twist the two parts tightly together towards the nape.

Now that your hair is properly prepared, it is time to install the wig. The following are some of the most common ways to install a lace front wig.

How to Install a Lace Front Wig using a Wig Grip

To install a lace front with using a wig grip, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Once you have prepared your hair as described above, put a stocking cap over the braids, twists or cornrows to create s nice smooth surface. You can secure the cap to prevent movement using styling gel or hairspray and a cold blow dry.

Step 2: Place the wig around the hairline, making sure that it lands behind the ears. You can use the Velcro straps it comes with to secure it around your head.

Step 3: Now, place the unit on top of the wig grip beginning with the front of your head. It is important to make sure that the edge of the wig matches up with the edge of the wig grip.

Step 4: Pull your hair into the desired location so that the wig sits in a comfortable position before clipping the hair on either side of your face.

Step 5: Cut away the excess lace at the front of the wig and remove the clips. Style the baby hairs as desired.

How to Install a Lace Front Wig with Glue

You can also very easily install a lace front wig with glue. To do that, however, it is important to secure your hair using a stocking cap and clips, just as you would if you were using a wig grip. Once again, it is very important to use hairspray or styling gel to secure the edges.

Once your natural hair is as secure as it can be, follow these simple steps to install a lace front wig with glue:

  • Step 1: Begin by applying rubbing alcohol along thee hairline. This is to remove any oils or makeup that may interfere with the function of the glue. If your skin is sensitive or you don’t want to use rubbing alcohol, there are plenty of alternative products in the market that you can use.
  • Step 2: Now place your wig on your head and adjust it fit how you want it to be secured. You can also use eyeliner to mark the points on your head that mimic the hairline.
  • Step 3: Part the hair with a comb, just above your ear and cut the excess lace around the hairline and your ear. It is important to be very careful when cutting the lace since you don’t want to damage the wig.
  • Step 4: Apply the glue along the edges of the stocking cap, but be careful not to apply the glue on your hair.
  • Step 5: Use the cool setting on the blow-dryer to blow-dry the glue.
  • Step 6: Put the lace on to if the glue and make any necessary adjustments to make sure the wig is in your desired spot.
  • Step 7: Once the wig is installed, you can then use rubbing alcohol to dab at the edge of the hairline to remove any excess glue from the hairline.
  • Step 8: Style the wig as desired.

How to Install a Lace Front Wig by Sewing

This is the best solution when you don't want to use adhesive and you want the wig to last a long time. The following are the things you will need for this process.

  • Clips
  • A small brush (an old toothbrush will work)
  • Nylon, cotton or polyester thread
  • A c-shaped needle
  • Scissors

The best way to prepare your hair if you choose to sew in the lace front wig is cornrows. You can then use a stocking cap on top of the braids and use hairspray to make sure the cap stays in place. Then, follow these steps to sew in the wig.

Step 1: The first thing you want to do is cut the excess lace on the wig. To do that, place the wig on your head and use a comb to part the hair above the ear. You can then easily cut the excess lac and hair using your ears as a guide.

Step 2: Locate the braids that are closest to your ears and then section them into two parts before securing them with clips. You can then define the area that goes from one ear over the top of your head to you other ear.

Step 3: Using the threaded needle to sew the edge of the lace through the wig cap and to your tracks. Use the defined track you just created to continue sewing in the wig until you get to the other ear. You can repeat the sewing process as needed to keep the wig secure.

Step 4: Now part the front sections just above your ear to create a section that runs from your ear to your hairline. Sew along this new part, stopping just before you reach the hairline to hide the thread. Repeat this process for the other side of your head.

Step 5: You can keep the wig secure and prevent it from slipping backwards by sewing the lace front into one of the braids that you didn't create a part at.

The three different methods we've described above are just the most effective ways to put on a lace front wig. The one you choose will depend on several factors including the level of experience you have, the type of wig you have and how you want the wig to look. If the processes described above seem complex, the best thing to do is get a professional to do it for you.