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The Complete Guide To Applying A Lace Front Wig + Wig Care Tips

How To Put On A Lace Front Wig for Beginners

William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.

Fashion Blog

Fri May 21 2021

If you want to try out a wig that gives you a completely natural and gorgeous look, then there can't be anything better than a lace front wig. These trendy wigs have been popular among stylish celebrities and glamorous models and have now gone mainstream. The lace front wig perfectly mimics natural hair and is available in various styles, lengths, and colors. In this article, we are going to discuss in detail how to put on a lace front wig.

The lace front wigs are made up of human hair and have a closure sewn on the wig's crown. This closure mimics a natural scalp and can be parted one or two ways in the front. These wigs look so natural that only an expert stylist may be able to notice that they are wigs. 

Preparation For Putting On A Lace Front Wig

As you know, Putting on a lace front wig is a complex process that has many steps that you must follow. There are many ways to put a lace front wig on. Regardless of which method you choose, you have to clean, moisturize and detangle first. Here is how you prepare your natural hair for putting on a lace front wig.

1. Braid

Braid is a simple way to prepare for putting a wig on. You can braid both long hair and short hair, but braiding short hair is more useful.

- Wash your hair and remove dust and dandruff.

- Using moisturizer right after drying your hair.

- Separate your hair into smaller sections to get ready for braiding.

- Braid your hair and twist it to prevent it from losing its edge.

2. Cornrows

The most popular preparation for putting on a lace front wig is cornrows. Unlike braids, cornrows can work very well on long and thick hair. 

The steps you have to do are almost the same as a braid. However, the difference is that you braid your hair on top of your head like cornrows. This method gives you the flattest surface for installation. 

3. Twists

Twists do not require much to do. However, if your hair does not stick together firmly, it will come out more quickly. 

- After washing and moisturizing, you have to separate your own hair into many smaller sections. 

- Splitting small sections into two parts and twisting towards your neck.

How To Put On A Lace Front Wig

Now that you have finished preparing your natural hair, it's time to put on a lace front wig. In order to answer the question of how to put on a lace front wig, you need to follow the main steps given below:

1. Clean the hairline

First step in putting on a lace front wig is to prepare your natural hairline by cleaning the edges of your hair and removing any oils, chemicals, or residue. If any such residue or oils remain, then it can cause the wig to fall off as the adhesive will not be able to stick to it properly. Do not use any cotton product for cleaning your hair, as they can also deter the action of adhesive and even get tangled up in the lace front wig.

2. Put on a wig cap

Once your hair is completely cleaned up, you should secure it with the wig cap. Generally, this will protect your natural hair. Try to wear a cap that is as close to your natural skin tone as possible because you don't want your partings to look strange and unnatural!

3. Select the adhesive

The most common way to secure the lace front wig is to apply a form of adhesive. Some beginners know how to put on a lace front wig, but do you know how to select the adhesive? It's either in the form of glue or tape. "Spirit gum", the popular wig glue, is often used to attach these wigs, and it is one of the strongest wig glue that makes sure the wig doesn't fall off, no matter what.

Some special tapes are used to hold the wig in place. You can find them in hair extension shops. These tapes are available in transparent colors, so that they are not noticeable in any way. You can also choose to apply the wig without any adhesive, but it will be less secure.

4. Apply the wig

Now that you are ready, let's see how to put on the lace front wig! Take the adhesive and apply it to the edge of your head. Then firmly press the wig against your head and hold it for at least 10 seconds. Then, move on to the next section of your wig and do the same. After the application is complete, use a scarf and hold down the edges of the wig to seal it properly.

If you do not wish to use adhesive and apply it temporarily, then it's an easier task. Just put the wig over your head and adjust the placement. Then, secure it with adjustable straps to give it the best fit possible.

Another option, which is widely used nowadays, is wig spray. Wig spray is used to hold down your lace and hair without damaging your natural hairline. After you finish applying a wig, you should use some foundation to hide the tiny dots on the lace and give it a natural look.

5. Cutting the lace

To make your hair wig more natural-looking, you should cut the excess lace. At this time, you should use a sharp razor to cut the hair lace across the front of your hair line. The more jagged you cut, the more natural looking your front lace wig will be.

6. Style the wig

There is no wig that you can already install right after buying it. Do you know how to make a lace front wig look more natural? You have to style it. Sometimes you have to shorten your hair in order to blend it well. Moreover, you can use heat tools in order to curl this hair. 

How To Maintain Your Lace Front Wig?

Now that you have learned how to put on a lace front wig, it's time to know how to maintain your wig to give it a better lifespan. The key to maintaining a wig is to treat it like your own hair. Wear a silk bonnet or a scarf when you go to bed at night to protect the hair from damage and keep it in perfect shape.

You should wash your wig with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Haircare products containing sulfate can cause dryness to the hair, and you don't want that for your gorgeous and expensive wig. That's why you need to use a sulfate-free shampoo and gently cleanse your wig in a way that does not damage the hair.

Don't wash your wigs too often. The frequency of washing the wig should depend on the frequency of wearing it. Washing the wig too often can cause it to become damaged too soon. If you are wearing the wig daily, then washing it only twice a month should suffice. As a rule of thumb, twice a month is the maximum you should go for, and any more than that is too much.

Do not use any heavy oils or styling creams on your wig. It can leave your hair looking oily and greasy, and you will be required to wash it more often, which is not good for the wig's lifespan. Besides, learning how to put on a lace front wig, you also have to learn how to maintain it to have the best performance.


Wearing a lace front wig is a great way to achieve a natural-looking, trendy hairstyle that is temporary. Applying the lace front wig can be a little tricky. This article can give you a clearer idea of the application process, especially if you use an adhesive. If you are not using any adhesive, then the application process is relatively simple. A lace front wig can be an expensive investment, so it should be cared for properly. Once you learn how to put on a lace front wig, you can try on several temporary hairstyles and flaunt some!



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