Hey, all you cool cats and kittens. Let’s have a heart-to-heart. Non-lace front wigs don’t look natural. Even if you shell out a few extra bucks, you’re going to be stuck with an obvious parting that’s shiny, doesn’t match, and a little bit too perfect.
So unless you’re going to a Halloween party and just don’t care, you need to know how to turn that zero into a hero. And don’t worry fashionistas. Making a non-lace front look natural actually isn’t that hard, and you don’t need any styling experience.
What are we waiting for? Grab your tweezers, your favorite concealer, and a pair of scissors. (Yes, that’s literally all you need).
Let’s get rolling!
How to Make a Non-Lace Front Wig Look Natural
Let’s fix that wig, queen. Follow these simple steps to make your non-lace front wig look like your real hair.
Step 1: Prep the Wig
Yes, a little prep work is involved. That’s because non-lace front wigs tend to look shiny and unrealistic. Ew! To get rid of that shiny fakeness, do these three things real quick:
- Shake the wig. Aside from being shiny, most cheap, non-lace wigs have a unique flatness that can’t be ignored. Get rid of that flatty patty and give your wig some oomph with a quick (yet somewhat violent) shake.
- Blowdry for a few minutes. Make sure you use the coolest setting. A quick blowdry will help to get rid of the shininess and add a little body ody ody.
- Use dry shampoo. Want to get rid of shininess quickly? Dry shampoo to the rescue, baby. Squirt some dry shampoo around the whole wig to get rid of that awful shine and enjoy some added volume (and sometimes a nice scent, too).
Step 2: Pluck, Cut, and Create
The very first thing you’re going to do after you’re done prepping is to start working on that hideous parting. Look at your natural mane. It is not clean-cut. It is thicker and thinner in some areas and is not a straight line by any means. That’s the goal you want to achieve with your wig.
- Pluck the hairline. Using your pair of tweezers, start plucking at the parting. Go slowly and try to match it up with your natural parting for the most realistic finish. Remember that it’s not meant to be perfect, so don’t hesitate to pluck creatively.
- Ditch the bulge. Take a look at the beginning of the parting. Almost every non-lace front wig is going to have a distinct lump. Your goal is to unfasten the lace (or other material) that creates the bulge and cut it off. The bulge is very prominent and gives off a fake appearance. Ridding it will provide a more natural appearance and allow for baby hairs.
- Create baby hairs. To put the icing on the cake in terms of making your non-lace front wig look real, create baby hairs. To do this, cut some hairs ultra-short around the hairline. Not too many, though. Just enough to look like it’s real, so go slow.
Here is a wonderful video that shows you how to get it done:
Step 3: Color the Parting
Most women will run into the problem of the parting color not matching their natural shade. As you might assume, a ‘scalp’ with a different color will be a dead giveaway that you’re wearing a wig.
What’s a wig-wearer to do?
You’re not destined for an unnatural (and honestly, odd) appearance. All you need to do is change the color of the parting. How can you do this? Well, long-wear concealers work wonders, especially if it comes with a small brush.
However, you can use whichever makeup products you’d like. For example, some might prefer to use a foundation rather than concealer. Do what works best for you. Just make sure you apply enough color that it stays on and looks like a perfect match.
I love this informative video about how to make a non-lace front wig look natural, too:
Step 4: Wear and Style
Now that you’ve plucked, cut, and colored your non-lace front wig, it’s time to see your masterpiece. If you have long hair, now’s the time to pull your hair back into braids, cornrows, or twists. Cover your natural hair with a wig cap.
Then, put the wig on. Straighten and adjust as necessary. Style your baby hairs. If everything looks good, then you’re all set!
Just because you saved a few bucks going the non-lace front wig route doesn’t mean you have to suffer from an unrealistic appearance. By plucking and coloring the hairline and adding some baby hairs, you can turn that wig into a glam hairpiece that everyone will love – and nobody will be able to tell!About Michelle