How to Put on a Lace Front Wig

So you just bought your very first lace front wig. It’s gorgeous, and you can’t wait to wear it. But wait. You put it on top of your head, and, well, it looks fake. Not only that, it’s slipping and sliding. What a nightmare. What’s a girl to do?

If you’ve found yourself amid a wig-wearing nightmare, I’ve got you covered, hon. I’m sharing three different top-notch ways to wear a lace front wig. The best part is, it’s not difficult and you’re going to love the way you look.

How to Put on a Lace Front Wig

Let me start by saying that you need to thoroughly inspect your wig before wearing it. What am I talking about? Well, try the wig on. Make sure you’re okay with the knots and lace. If you need to bleach the knots, pluck the hairline, or configure the lace, do it before putting it on.

If all is a-okay with the wig, then you’re ready to start putting it on. I have three different application methods: wig cap, glue, and tape. Let’s dive in!

Always Start By Securing Your Natural Mane

Now, if you don’t have any hair or very short hair, then you can skip this step. But if you’re like me and have medium-length hair or longer, you’re going to want to secure it. Otherwise, your natural locks might start playing peek-a-boo, and your wig disguise will be made public.

That said, you have a couple of options: loose braids, cornrows, or twists. Depending on your hair type, choose the option that’s best for you. Then, secure the hairs down using bobby pins. Your goal is to keep your natural mane tight and hidden.

From there, place a wig cap over your locks. This will ensure that the hairs stay in place and there are no giveaways.

Method 1: Secure Using Glue

Glue is pretty common practice in the wig-wearing world because it works, especially if you’re using top-notch lace wig glue. Now, glue might take a little bit of practice to get it perfect, but once you do, you’ll be glad you chose glue. 

Glue provides plenty of grip that leaves you feeling confident and ready to take on anything. To use glue for securing, do the following:

  1. Start by applying rubbing alcohol to your hairline. This is a critical step that you need to do every time. Rubbing alcohol will ensure no makeup, grease, grime, or other buildup that could interfere with the bond.
  2. Place your lace front on your head and adjust until you’re satisfied. 
  3. Cut away the excess lace.
  4. Apply the bond to your hairline. Make sure that it does not touch your wig. Otherwise, you won’t get a good grip, and it might mess up your final look.
  5. Wait for the glue to dry halfway. The adhesive shouldn’t be entirely dried, but not overly tacky or stringy, either. To speed up this process, use a blowdryer on cold. 
  6. Adjust the wig to your liking and press the hairline into the glue. Make sure that you are giving the wig a good, stern push into the bond. Remember – this is your security for the day. Don’t hesitate to get a good grip.
  7. When the glue is dried and the wig is secured, use rubbing alcohol to remove any excess adhesive around the hairline.
  8. Style your wig as desired.

Here is a wonderful video showing the dos and don’ts of applying a lace front wig using glue: 

Method 2: Secure Using Tape

If you’re not a fan of glue (and I don’t blame you, it can be tricky and messy), then another great option for securing your lace front wig is tape. Tape is super simple to work with and applies an excellent grip that you will love. To use tape, do the following:

  1. Start with rubbing alcohol around the hairline. Just like glue, the tape needs a blank slate for the best adhesion.
  2. Apply the tape to the hairline. Keep in mind that wig tape is double-sided. Do not remove the other side tab during this process. 
  3. Put on your lace front wig and adjust until you’re happy with the look.
  4. Remove the other side of the tab and press it down onto your hairline.
  5. Style and enjoy!

Alternatively, you can place the tape on your hairline first and remove the tab when you’re ready to settle your wig into place. Here’s a great video showing you how it’s done: 

Method 3. Secure Using a Wig Grip

The absolute easiest way to wear a lace front wig is to use a wig grip like this. Wig grips keep your wig nice and secure so that you can feel comfortable at the office and in the club. The best part is, there are no pesky glues or tapes involved. Yas!

To secure a lace front wig using a wig grip, all you need to do is place the wig grip around your hairline. It should land just behind your ears. The wig grip should be tight, but not too tight. Make necessary adjustments until you are comfortable.

Then, place the lace front wig on top of the wig grip. Make sure to match up with the hairline perfectly for a natural finish. Adjust the wig until you’re satisfied with the look. 

Once you’re happy with the way the hair looks, pull the front hairs back into a clip to cut the lace. Then, remove the clips and style your locks.

Yup, it’s that easy, and you can enjoy a gorgeous look all day. Visual learners, check out this quick and easy follow-along video:

Final Thoughts

Securing a lace front wig is pretty simple whether you go the glue, tape, or wig grip route. The most important thing to remember is that your natural mane must be secured first. From there, take the proper steps to a tight and nice wig. 

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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