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How to Wear Lace-Front Wigs

by Jonae Fredericks

A lace-front wig can give you the hair that you never thought you could have in a few short steps. Made of either human or synthetic hair, lace-front wigs produce the look of a natural scalp and hairline. The lace is actually a monofilament with individual hair strands tied to every hole. This design creates a breathability quality. The lace inner lining of the wig is also soft and flexible, which makes for a comfortable fit.

Wash your hair and your face with your normal shampoo and face wash before slipping on the lace-front wig. Dry your hair and face, thoroughly. Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Rub the cotton ball along your hairline to remove excess oils.

Pin your hair up tightly on the top of your head using bobby pins. Braiding your hair in small sections or twisting your hair into tight pin curls fastened with bobby pins, is best.

Slide on a wig cap. A wig cap that matches your skin tone, pulled snugly over your hairline, will help conceal any stray hairs and also keep your hair in place.

Position the lace-front wig on your head over the wig cap. Make sure that the hairline of the lace-front wig is even with that of the wig cap and your natural hairline.

Cut any lace that extends beyond your hairline with a sharp pair of scissors. Hairlines vary, so lace-front wigs require cutting for a custom fit.

Remove the lace-front wig. Dab liquid soft-bond adhesive onto your hairline using a clean cotton swab. Rub the adhesive over your hairline, starting at your forehead, working your way around your ears and down the nape of your neck.

Slip the lace-front wig back over your head and position it in place. Once in place, use your fingers to press the hairline of the wig against your natural hairline -- adhering the wig to the glue. Bonding time is usually about 15 minutes.

Items you will need

  • Shampoo
  • Face wash
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Wig cap
  • Scissors
  • Liquid soft-bond adhesive
  • Cotton swab


  • Remove adhesive with a wig-adhesive solvent. Dab the adhesive remover along your hairline with a cotton swab and peel the wig away from your hairline as the glue dissolves.
  • Lace-front wigs also adhere with double-sided tape if adhesive makes you uncomfortable. Remove the backing from the tape and run it along your hairline. Once attached to your hairline, remove the top layer of backing. Press the wig into place.


  • Remember that less is more when it comes to adhesive. Overdoing it will not increase the bond, but it will increase the drying time.

About the Author

Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.

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