Lace Wig Literature: What You Should Know Before the Lace Melts

Lace Wig Literature: What You Should Know Before the Lace Melts
 

Lace Wig Literature: What You Should Know Before the Lace Melts

 

Lace wigs have gained a lot of popularity in recent years with celebrities pulling off flawlessly different styles DAILY.  A full head wig made of mesh or spandex cap and constructed with a lace “frontal” when properly worn with special adhesive, it is almost undetectable. They are more often times a bit more expensive and somewhat difficult to manage.  But don’t let that discourage you, take your time and educate yourself, it’s worth it.

Todays wigs  are changing the game one natural hairline at a time.  No more synthetic, full sew-in, no part-having, stiff wigs…sorry granny.  

When I first learned about these wigs I had a  ton of questions. So I thought I might put together a lil Lace Wig Guide, enjoy.

 

Fun fact: Tina Turner made all of her wigs by hand.

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First things first, here is a glossary of terms that you’ll need to understand all things related to Lace Wigs.

 
  • Frontal: Virtually sheer lace material along the front hairline and are designed to create a natural looking front hairline so the hair can be styled away from your face or even pulled back. The lace can go from temple to temple, and also ear to ear, depending on your personal preference. Each strand of hair is individually hand-tied to the sheer lace, creating the illusion of natural looking hair.

 
  • Closure: The “horseshoe” area of the head to close of the style, hence the name closure.

 
  • Glue: Adhesive to apply lace wigs to your foreheads.

 
  • Pre-plucked: Wigs that have already been given a natural hairline.  Some wigs have bulky, dense and unnatural hair lines.

 
  • Nape: Back of your neck.

 
  • Elastic Band: To enhance comfort and maximize security, 4” - 5” of elastic band is measured and sewn at the inside front of wig cap.

 
  • Dome Cap: The base material used to attach synthetic fibers or human hair strands to create and shape a wig.  Now caps constructions have a more natural/realistic look and are lighter, as well as more durable, which can increase comfort, and wear times.

 
  • Wefts: Sewn or "wefted" to create the bundle of extensions. Loose or "bulk" hair is fed through a triple-head sewing machine to add a reinforced stitch near the top (root) of the individual strands.

 
  • Lace Front: A special type of hairpiece or wig in which human hair or synthetic hair is tied by hand to a sheer lace base which goes over the scalp.

 
  • 360 Frontals: Lace frontal around the entire perimeter of the head, allowing you to pull the hair up into a ponytail and have many more parting options.

 
  • Full Lace: Full lace wigs are wigs constructed of lace throughout the entire wig. There are no tracks in this unit at all. This type of wig allows for maximum versatility and unlimited parting.

 
  • U-Part Wig: A horseshoe-shaped gap on the top of the wearer’s hair to lay over the wig. The “u-part” creates a natural look and makes the wearer feel like they’re wearing their hair.

 
  • Combs: Small combs place throughout your wig to help secure it.

 
  • Unprocessed Hair: Human hair that has not been chemically treated.

 
  • Adhesive: Available in either liquid roll-on or tape form, aids in securing wig to scalp.

 
  • Knots: The hair hair strand stays securely on the lace through a knot. The visible knots look like tiny seeds.

 

Synthetic vs. Human Hair Wigs

 

Synthetic wigs are created from man-made fibers using specialized technology to give the overall appearance and feel of real hair. These wigs require less washing and maintenance than human hair wigs and are oftentimes much more affordable. You cannot dye this hair and heat styling is not ideal.  Synthetic wigs should last about two to six months (depending on usage and with the proper care).

Natural hair wigs are created from harvested human hair, so they feel, look and act just like your own hair. Wigs made of human hair require just as much care as your own hair.  Human Hair wigs can last for years when taken care of properly. Like your own “human hair”, these wigs will react to weather conditions, so expect some frizz if you are caught dancing in the rain.

Both human and synthetic hair wigs can last up to a year with proper maintenance and storage before they start to show wear.

 

So here are a few questions you should ask yourself to decide which wig is right for you…

 

How much do you want to spend?

  • Ballin’ on a budget. Try Synthetic!

  • I’m cashin’ out this year, money come money go. Try Human!

 

How often do you like to switch up your styles?

  • Never. Try Synthetic!

  • Give me a middle part, braids and a high pony.  Try Human!

 

Do you have time to dedicate to maintenance?

  • Nope, I need to wake up and go. Try Synthetic!

  • Did someone say wand curls, and perfectly symmetrical laid baby hairs? Try Human!

 

With each type of wig having its own set of pros and cons, it really just boils down to what type of wig YOUR specific needs and wants coincide with.  I suggest you try them both and see what you like best.

 

FUN FACT: There are a few different cap colors and sizes to help blend the wig with your scalp.  

Small - Head Circumference 21.5”

Medium - Head Circumference 22.5”

Large - Head Circumference 23”

 

Transparent: For White, Off White or Cream scalp tones.

Dark Brown: For Dark Brown scalp tones.

Brown: For Light Beige or Beige scalp tones.

Light Brown: For Light Brown scalp tones.

 

Fun Fact: Making wigs take a ton of effort. Hair is first cut & collected, then sorted and untangled. After that, the hair is washed and dried. It will take a minimum of eight weeks to get it done right.

 

Should you bleach, conceal or tweeze your KNOTS?  Good question.

 
  • Bleached knots: help make the hair look as though it is growing from the scalp. When hair is tied to the lace, there is a dark knot where the hair is secured. Bleaching or "lightening" the knots reduces the visibility of this knot.  I recommend doing this so your lace is even more undetectable.

  • Pro: The beaded look where the hair is attached to the lace is hidden

  • Con: The bleach damages the hair and weakens the root

 
  • Concealed knots: make for a temporary fix.  Part the hair where desired and with a sponge or finger or wipe foundation in the part. Another method to use is the “flipped conceal” - turn the cap inside out and paint the cap with a liquid or cream foundation with a copious amount of foundation in a manner they will seep through the cap and bleach the knots.

    Pro: The lace will match with the same makeup that you use for your face.  Creating a natural scalp look

    Con: This is only temporary.  Whenever the lace is washed, this process will need to be repeated.

 
  • Tweezed knots: is an instant permanent solution that's easy to accomplish. Tweezing allows the lace to have a nice clean part.

    Pro: This is permanent and quick!

    Con: If you tweeze too much, it could result in a bald spot or a wide unnatural part.

 

You can mix all 3 techniques. For example, tweeze and apply make-up or bleach and conceal. My preferred way is to tweeze and apply make-up, ultimately the choice is yours!

 
 
 
 

Types Of Installation

 
  • Glue: A popsicle stick is used to apply the glue in a thin line along you natural hairline.  After a quick pass with the blow dryer, the glue turns tacky, then the wig is firmly applied.

    KEY PRODUCTS FOR THIS INSTALLATION:

 

  • Glueless: A custom measure elastic band is sewn to the wig to provide extreme security.  With that extra support from the elastic band, the wig should lay extremely flat.

    KEY PRODUCTS FOR THIS INSTALLATION:

 

  • Sew in: Wigs can be sewn down to a set of base braids just like your typical sew in weave.  The major downside if the wig is sewn down is it make begin to slip due to your new growth over time.

KEY PRODUCTS FOR THIS INSTALLATION:

 

  • Gel: There have been some super hold gels to hit the market that work just as well as glue.  They last a few days up to a week and it is a very healthy alternative if you do not want to use glue.


KEY PRODUCTS FOR THIS INSTALLATION:

 

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  • Tape: Your natural hairline is lined with small pieces of wig tape, it’s best to use a mirror to create a realistic hairline.


KEY PRODUCTS FOR THIS INSTALLATION:

 

My favorite way to install a Lace Wig is with GLUELESS method

Take a look!

 

Lace front wigs are an investment and as such you want to make sure that they last you for a good amount of time and there is no better way to do that than by practicing proper storage methods.

Properly storing your wig will help assure that it last as long as it should and prevents tangles and/or losing it’s style and shape.

 

Storage Tips

  • Keep away from direct sunlight, dust and excess heat

  • Keep away from children and pets (duh)

  • Use a wig hanger, collapsible wig stand or styrofoam wig head

  • Use a large satin bag or silk pillowcase

Fun fact: I use an Over the Door shoe rack to store my wigs so they can all sleep together, lol.

 

Where To Shop

If you’re in a rush just swing by your local beauty supply and you can make something happen for under $50, check on Youtube for the best way to style a beauty supply lace wig.  Just be aware that this wig may not last as long but she’ll do in a pinch.

If you have some time to wait for shipping but want to spend smart head over to aliexpress.com or amazon.com, you can find some great quality wigs on those sites. READ THE REVIEWS and DO YOUR RESEARCH.

If you have some time to wait for shipping and ready to spend a whole check head over to yummyextensions.com , nikkinicole.com , glamourhouseofhair.com, trueindianhair.com - some of the best quality hair you can buy.

 

Hopefully this article helps keep that lace lit! Take your time and keep practicing, this Lace Life can get discouraging but when properly executed and educated, YOU CAN DO IT!

 

Naturally yours,

@likemykk