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How to Get Glue Residue Off Your Lace Wig

by Mimi Bullock

Lace wigs have hidden, stretchable lace at the forehead that you glue -- temporarily -- to your skin for a custom fit. A well-fitting and attractive wig may soon become your favorite, which makes regular maintenance a must to keep it smelling and looking nice. The glue that makes a wig fit so securely on your head can leave behind a gummy residue. Keep your wig looking natural with a proper cleaning technique that takes just minutes.

Wipe away any residue from previous wear with a warm, damp cloth. Rub at the glue or tape gently, saturating the bond with the warm cloth. Lift away any glue clumps or tape.

Dip a small sponge in 99 percent isopropyl alcohol. Rub the soaked sponge over any wig tape or glue bonds. Do not soak the entire wig in alcohol, because this could dry out or damage your wig. After one or two minutes, lift the tape or glue away with your fingers. If you prefer, use your wig manufacturer's recommended adhesive release spray instead of the alcohol.

Shampoo the entire wig with wig shampoo. This last step should remove any remaining tape or glue left on the wig. Treat any stubborn spots with another dab of alcohol or adhesive release spray. Scrub the residue away using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Items you will need

  • Damp cloth
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Sponge
  • Adhesive release spray
  • Wig shampoo
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush


  • When removing a lace wig from your head, lift gently from the front to prevent tearing the lace.


  • Do not apply adhesive to the wig hair. Apply it only along the bonding area.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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