Sure, buying a lace front wig is easy and looks fab. But what if you’re the kind of girl that wants to step out of the norm and create her own looks?
If you’ve ever dreamed about putting together your very own lace front wig from home, you’ve come to the right place, baby.
Making your own lace front wig allows for complete customization on your behalf. Nobody can tell you what to do, so do your thing, queen.
Now, I will tell you right off of the bat that making a lace front wig on your own is going to take quite a bit of patience and trial and error. But the end result is totally worth it.
That said, let’s get right into it!
How to Make a Lace Front Wig at Home
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to do this at home.
Start By Preparing the Lace Front Base
The first thing you need to do is to prepare the lace front base. To do this, perform the following:
- Measure the head. Start by placing the tape measure up against the natural hairline. Then, run it back to where you want the lace front base to stop. Measure from side to side, too, by running the tape measure on the top of the head from ear to ear.
- Place plastic wrap tightly over the head and secure with tape. You want to make sure that the plastic wrap is secure as possible. Otherwise, you may end up with a wonky hairline.
- Trace the hairline from the front to just over the ears. This will indicate where the lace begins and ends.
- Remove the plastic wrap and secure it onto a wig block. You will need to use an assortment of balled straight pins to ensure the outline is attached to the wig block. Security is key to a well-made lace front wig.
- Cut the lace and dye (if necessary). Measure how long the lace needs to be, but leave a little extra in case you need it. If you need to dye or bleach the lace to match your skin tone, do it before securing the lace.
- Secure the lace to the wig block using pins. Drape the lace over the entirety of the plastic wrap. You will want to go over the entire hairline with pins. Make sure that the lace does not get ruffled up during this process. You may need to flatten it out multiple times.
- Test to make sure it is the right fit. Before you continue, it is imperative to make sure that the wig cap fits your head. So, take it off and do a fit test. If all is well, continue. If not, make the necessary adjustments to fit your head.
Here is a great video explaining the plastic wrap method:
Sew the Hair Into the Lace Front Wig
To sew the hair into the lace front base, you will need specific ventilating needles. Ventilating needles are designed with hooks on the tip to loop hair into the lace base. Take note of the hook size. The larger the hook, the more strands you can thread.
At this point, you will also need your preferred hair type – synthetic or human hair. Human hair will be far more high-quality than synthetic and allow for more versatility in hairstyling. However, it’s also more expensive. Keep this in mind when buying hair.
Once you have your desired hair and ventilating needle ready, it’s time to start sewing.
- Load the needle with hair.
- Start sewing the hair into the lace. To do this, hook the needle through the lace. Then, use the hook to grab the right amount of hair (refer to the size of the hook). Begin at the hairline and use tighter clusters to avoid bald spots.
- Make a knot. Pull the hair fully through the lace base. While pulling, hook the needle around the hair. This will create a loop. From there, you can thread the hair through the loop to create a tight knot.
- Continue this process throughout the entire wig. Yes, this is a time-consuming process, but it gives you more versatility. Perhaps you want to add different colors for a highlighted effect? Or different lengths for a layered look?
- Check the hairline and trim the lace. If your hairline is good and doesn’t need any adjustments, move on to cutting the lace but leave a small border for an easier time applying the wig.
Use a Wig Cap Kit Instead!
If you want to get a little extra help with making your lace front wig, buying a wig cap kit will make your job infinitely easier. You won’t have to go through the process of measuring, cutting, plastic wrap – nothing!
To make a lace front wig the easier way, purchase a kit such as the Bella Hair Undetectable Swiss Lace Front Wig Cap. Then, you will follow these simple steps:
- Place the wig cap on your head and mark where your ears are located. This will help you to set the wig properly.
- Then, pin it down on a wig block. Make sure it is thoroughly secured with pins!
- Start sewing! The process is essentially the same as the more heavily customized wig process above. However, some people prefer to start at the back when they’re using a premade wig cap. Whichever area you choose to begin, make sure that the hair wefts are attached using secure knots.
More of a visual person? I don’t blame you! Sometimes instructions can be tricky without something to watch. That’s why I think you should definitely check out this step-by-step video for making a lace front wig at home:
Making a lace front wig at home can be a tedious task that takes hours, but the results are phenomenal. You can go the completely customized route with plastic wrap and trimming your lace, or you can opt for the far easier wig cap kit option.
Either way, you’re in charge of your destiny!About Michelle