How to Bleach Knots on Lace Wigs

There are a few very obvious signs that someone’s wearing a wig. Overly shiny synthetic strands, a perfect, clean-cut part, and unbleached knots. That said, if you want your wig to look like the real deal, you shouldn’t skip on bleaching the knots.

Okay, bleached knots? Is that a buzzword? Kind of. Bleached knot is a term that’s found in plenty of wig descriptions and articles about wigs. If your wig came with bleached knots, lucky you. It’s unlikely you need to bleach the knots (unless you’re dissatisfied in some way).

For those that definitely need to bleach your knots but don’t know how – I’ve got you covered. Today, we are diving into the world of bleaching knots on a lace wig. 

How to Bleach Knots on a Lace Wig

Bleaching knots is very similar to bleaching hair. So, if you’ve ever tried your hand at bleaching hair, then this will be a cinch for you. Even if you haven’t even seen bleach in person before, don’t worry. Bleaching knots is super simple, and anyone can do it.

Here are the quick and easy steps to bleaching knots on a lace wig.

Step 1: Gather Your Equipment

The first thing is to gather your necessary equipment and materials. Here’s a quick list to get you started:

  • Bleach and developer. You want to find a developer that’s 20 or 30 volume. Ten won’t be quick enough, and 40 might be too swift for most.
  • Gloves. Working with bleach can be tricky. Gloves will protect you from undesirable burns.
  • Applicator brush. Many bleaching products include the brush, but in case it doesn’t, don’t forget to buy one.
  • Mixing bowl. Again, this might be included, or it might need to be bought separately.
  • Aluminum foil. This is essential for helping the knots lighten up.
  • Neutralizing shampoo. Goodbye, brassy tones. 
  • Conditioner. Bleach should always be followed by conditioner, no matter what you’re bleaching.
  • Wig, wig block, and pins. You obviously will need your desired lace wig but don’t forget a sturdy place to secure and pin down the wig while you work.

Step 2: Secure Your Wig & Mix the Bleach

It’s time to get rolling! First things first, you want to turn your wig inside out to find the knots easily. The inside-out wig will then be placed onto the wig block. Pin the wig down using an assortment of pins. You do not want the wig to move while you’re working.

Note: If your lace wig already has baby hairs, it is extremely important to pin them down securely. You don’t want to bleach those beauties accidentally. A holding spray can work wonders, too.

When you’re ready and secured, it’s time to start mixing. You will use one part bleach to one or two parts developer. The goal is to make a fairly thick but not overly thick paste. Too thin, and the bleach will run into the hair, turning your wig into a blonde bombshell. 

Step 3: Start Bleaching!

Now it’s time for some action. Using the applicator brush, dip into the bleach solution and slather onto the knots. Be very careful during this step. You absolutely do not want to put too much bleach. Otherwise, it could seep into the strands instead of staying on the lace.

Make sure that the lace is covered entirely, though. This is a selective process that you should not rush. Slather, slather, slather until you’re satisfied.

When you feel confident that all of the knots are covered, cover the lace with a piece of aluminum foil. The aluminum foil will help to heat the bleach and be readily absorbed by the knots.

From there, check the bleach every 7 to 10 minutes. Make sure that you do not wash out the bleach until you’re satisfied with the color. That will save a whole lot of time, money, and stress. Some bleach might take as little as 15 minutes, while others need closer to 30.

Wash and Condition

Happy with the shade of the knots? Great! Now it’s time to finish what you started, girl. Wash the wig out thoroughly with neutralizing shampoo and cool water. Washing with neutralizing shampoo in cool water will help make the blonde a beautiful shade and stop the process in its track.

You will need to wash the wig for at least five to ten minutes to ensure that all of the bleach is removed from the lace and hair. Ensure you’re not washing with the hair underneath to avoid the bleach running through the strands.

From there, use an ample amount of conditioner on the lace and hair. The conditioner will provide much-needed hydration for a flawless, look-at-me finish.

Here’s a great video to show you how it’s done: 

Final Thoughts

Bleaching your knots is important for a natural, lovely look. And it’s not even that hard! All you really need to do is mix the bleach, slather it on the lace, wait, and wash and condition. It’s that easy, and you will love the way you look.

About Michelle
My name is Michelle and I've been using hair wigs for about five years. I use them when I am heading out on a hot date or looking fierce for a special event. I created this site to help those new to the lace wig world.

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