How to Cut Lace Front Wigs

Lace front wigs are great for switching up your look in a flash. They are pretty easy to install, fairly budget-friendly (most of the time), and provide a natural appearance – that is, of course, unless everyone can see your lace. 

When it comes to buying a lace front wig, one thing is for sure: it’s going to come with a lot of lace at the hairline for you to customize. If you end up leaving the lace as-is, it’s going to be a dead giveaway you’re wearing a hairpiece.

What’s a gal to do? It’s easy – you need to cut that lace, girl. And don’t worry – it’s a simple process that won’t cause any damage to your wig (as long as you’re patient and careful with the process).

Keep reading to discover how to cut lace front wig to perfection, darling!

How to Cut a Lace Front Wig

Like I said, cutting the lace off of your lace front wig isn’t troubling. You’re only going to need a few supplies, too. Let’s see which equipment you will need to cut your lace front.

  • Pair of sharp scissors or razor – Whether you’re using shears or a razor, the goal is to find the sharpest item possible. Sharpness will be key to cutting the lace perfectly without any flaws or mishaps.
  • Clips – A variety of clips are necessary to pull the hair away from the face. If you leave any strands hanging loose, they may end up getting cut from the wig. We don’t want that to happen!
  • Bobby pins – If you’re going to cut the lace while it’s on your head, then you need bobby pins to make sure it’s nice and tight.
  • Wig head – On the other hand, if you don’t want to cut the lace while it’s on your head, you will need a wig head or wig block.
  • Marker – The marker will be used to indicate where the cuts should take place.
  • Ruler or measuring tape – This tool will measure the appropriate length to cut from the lace. Of course, over time, you will be able to eyeball it, but don’t try to do that on your first try!

Once you have your tools and wig ready, it’s time to start the cutting process.

Step 1: Place and Secure the Wig On Your Head

The first step is to place and secure the wig onto your head. Yes, you will need to do this step even if you’re using a wig head instead. Secure it using the adjustable straps and bobby pins. Ensure that the wig’s hairline is just in front of your natural hairline, so no hair slips out.

At this point, you want to make sure you’re happy with the comfort and appearance of the wig. If you need to do any plucking of the parting or create baby hairs, do so now.

You should also cut the lace by the corner of the ear. It is a nonessential piece of the lace puzzle so that you won’t miss it, and it will make your job that much easier.

Step 2: Measure and Mark the Lace 

Happy with how your wig looks and sits? Then it’s time to start measuring and getting ready to cut, girl! For this part, you will need to use your ruler or measuring tape to measure 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch down from the hairline. 

Why is this important? Well, you don’t want to cut too much of the lace off. Leaving a little extra lace will ensure that you can easily pull your lace front wig on. It will also be useful if you end up having any type of fraying that needs to be cut off in the future.

With your measurement ready, go along the hairline and mark dots to indicate where the cutting should occur. Use a few prominent, bold dots throughout the hairline. Use smaller dots to play ‘connect the dots across the entirety of the lace.

Step 3: Cut the Lace

For this step, you have the option of leaving the wig on your head or placing the wig onto the wig block. There are benefits with both options. Leaving the wig on your head will give you a better idea of the final product, but a wig block might be easier to see where you’re cutting.

Whichever way you decide to use, the process is pretty much the same:

  • Take your scissors and cut sections following the large dots. Basically, you’re going to create a few different areas to make the cutting easier. Trying to cut across the entire hairline can lead to several mishaps. So, make it easier on yourself by snipping vertically towards the bold dots.
  • Cut the sections following across the dotted line. After you have clear areas, it’s time to start cutting. Follow along the dotted line but make sure that there is no marker showing. While you can hide some things with the lace, you can’t hide obvious marker dots!

Step 4: Glue the Lace and Enjoy

Once you’re happy with how the lace is cut, it’s time to install and enjoy your wig. To make sure that none of the extra lace is obvious, do the following:

  • Glue the lace down.
  • Cover with makeup.

The goal is to make it so that the lace doesn’t flap in the wind or visible. When using makeup, make sure that you’re using a tone that matches your skin tone. 

If you’re looking for a great visual that shows how to cut your lace front wig, check this video out. I love her clear, step-by-step instructions.

Final Thoughts

Cutting your lace front wig is a crucial part of creating a sexy, natural hairstyle. And it’s super easy! Simply mark where you want to cut across the hairline and use a sharp pair of scissors to slice the lace. 

Just make sure you don’t go overboard. Patience is key, too – don’t rush the beauty!

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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