If you have recently purchased a full lace wig or are planning to, you might be wondering how to install the full lace wig? What things do you need? Do you need to visit a parlor to apply the full lace wig?
Installing a full lace wig is not an easy thing. This guide is a beginner-friendly tutorial that explains the detailed process of the wig installation. You will be able to wear the full lace wig without heading to the parlor. Keep Reading!
How are full lace wigs constructed?
To apply a full lace wig properly, it is necessary to understand how the wig is constructed. For full lace wigs, the entire base of the wig is constructed with lace material. Hair strands are hand-knotted on the full lace cap which gives it a realistic look. Whether it's about style, comfort, or versatility, full lace wigs are the most preferred option. You can part the hair from a convenient position at the front.
As they are made from a 100% hand-tied process, it is more expensive than lace front wigs. They are more durable and offer better styling options. Since the entire base is made from lace, you can style the hair into pony-ups, braids, or up-do without exposing the base material.
How to Apply a Full Lace Wig?
Before we start, it's a good idea to bleach the knots of your wig. Most wigs come with bleached knots but doing it on your own, can enhance the natural look of the wig. If you want instructions on how to bleach the knots, you can have a look at our earlier guide here.
Step 1 - Preparing your hair
You will have to first wash your scalp with shampoo and conditioner to ensure the wig application area is oil-free. You should also apply moisturizer on the hair so that it is easy to prepare the hair.
For Short and No Hair
For short and no hair, preparing your hair is pretty easy. Just take a wig cap and hide all your hairline under the wig. Depending upon the length of your short hair, you can also do them in braids. We will talk about how to make braids below.
For Long Hair
For long hair, we recommend braiding the hair. This not only keeps it stay protected but makes it easier for women to maintain their hair.
Instructions to Braid Your Hair
1) Apply oil and then comb your hair to open it up nicely. Separate the hair into 2-4 sections, lining it from the front to the back. The number of sections you create will depend upon the thickness of your hair.
2) Start braiding the hair from close to the base of the scalp. Segregate the hair into 3 parts - left, middle, and right. Bring the right over the middle, this makes the former become the middle section. Then bring the left over the middle, making it the middle. Keep doing this back and forth till the end of the hair. Use a small hair tie to secure the hair. Make sure your hair is not braided too loosely or tightly because you will be wrapping it around your head.
3) Repeat this to create other braids. Take one braid and wrap it around the crown of your head and use a bobby pin to secure it at the back. Keep wrapping it until the entire braid rests on the scalp. Just ensure that you do not rest the braid too close to the front section of your head. Otherwise, it will show up when you wear the wig. Add bobby pins to the braid to secure it tightly.
4) Wrap other braids around the head as well. Do not overlap the braid as it would create lumps. Now you are ready to wear the wig.
Step 2 - Put on the Wig Cap
Take the wig cap and apply it to your head. Gently, stretch the cap and hide all the hairline. Depending upon the wig cap, you might require to cut a hole for your ears. You can use some adhesive to secure the cap on the head. This will prevent it from falling when you wear the full lace wig. To make the cap sync with your scalp, you can apply some makeup around the perimeter of the wig.
Step 3 - Trim the extra lace on the full lace wig
Place the full lace wig on your head and spread it out evenly. Look into a mirror and adjust it according to your style needs. Use hair clips or the bundled combs with the wig to secure the wig on your head.
Next, trim the extra lace using a pair of sharp scissors. Start by trimming the front section of the lace. Cut small parts to ensure you do not remove more than what is needed. Trim any part that sticks out of the hairline. You can cut it in a zig-zag pattern to make it look realistic.
Then move on to trimming the extra lace at the neck and ear region. Follow a similar process as mentioned for the front section of the head. Make sure you do not cut the hair on the wig.
Step 4 - Styling the Back Part
Now, most guides just tell you how to style the front part but miss out on the back part. We will share a few tips on how you can make the back part look more natural. Flip over the wig and keep the back section of the wig in front of you.
You will see a half-inch double-layer material stitched on the lace. Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut the threads and then take the layer out. Apply some foundation on the back and spray it with blasting freeze spray. This will help the back part of the lace to sync with the hair.
Step 5 - Apply Glue on your head
Take your preferred adhesive or gel and apply a thin layer around the entire hairline. You can use a cosmetic stick or makeup brush to apply the adhesive on your head. It is recommended not to apply the wig with your makeup on.
After applying the adhesive do not attach the wig immediately. Let the adhesive dry for a few minutes. If you are using a hard bond gel or glue, only then you should apply the wig immediately.
Step 6 - Fastening the Full Lace Wig
Put on your wig and settle in nicely. Use the wig combs to securely place the wig on your hair. But make sure that it is not too tight, It should be comfortable and nicely placed on your head.
Start by attaching the lace in the middle part of the front section of your forehead. Use your fingers to smoothly press the front edges of the lace against the glue. Move on to press the lace against the glue at the sides and the entire hairline as well. Use a hairdryer to blow cold hair over the adhesive.
Let it dry for a while. If you want you can tie a cloth around your head to ensure the lace is tightly secured with the adhesive. Let the cloth stay for around 10 minutes.
Step 7 - Style your Full Lace Wig
Style the hair as necessary. You can use a curling iron or flat iron to enhance the look. The full base construct gives you a wide parting space. Though the lace will replicate the look of your natural scalp, you can still apply some makeup at the parting section to further sync it with your scalp.
Section out the hair from the edges to give a natural look. You can use a small comb to gently pluck the baby hair along the perimeter of the wig. Cut them down in your style to make it look realistic and appealing. Use a gel to settle them nicely.
THAT'S IT! YOU"RE DONE!
How to Apply a Full Lace wig without glue or adhesive?
Many people ask how to install a full lace wig without using glue or adhesive. While applying adhesive makes it easy to secure the wig on your head, some might not be comfortable with applying glue on your head. In that case, there is an alternative to how to install a full lace wig.
Though the process is a little complicated, we will explain the method of applying the full lace wig without adhesive.
METHOD 1 - BY STITCHING WIG CLIPS
Additional things needed -
- Weaving Needle and Thread
- Wig Clips
- Hair Clamps
Step 1 -Setting the hair on the wig
First, turn the wig inside out and tie the hair into a ponytail or use a hair clamp to hold the hair. This will prevent the hair from getting into your way when you are stitching the clips to the lace.
Step 2 - Attaching the wig clips
Get a thread similar in color to the hair on your wig and insert it through the weaving needle. Place the wig clip on the bottom section of the back of your wig. Keep the teeth of hair facing towards you.
Now carefully insert the weaving needle under the full lace wig and then pass it through the hole on wig clips. Move on to the next hole and insert the needle through the clip hole and then pass it through the lace. Keep doing this until you have covered all the holes in the clip.
Take another wig clip and place it 3 inches apart from the wig clip you have just sewed. Repeat the process with the needle to attach this clip on the lace as well. Turn the wig to the right side and place another wig clip just an inch above your ear section and attach the wig clip. Repeat this for the left side of the wig cap as well.
Step 3 - Applying the Wig
Turn the wig back into the correct position and apply it on your head. Use the wig clips you just sewed to secure the full lace wig to your hair. Open the ponytail or remove the hair clamp to set and style your hair.
Note - Do not stick wig clips on the front section of the wig as it will make them visible.
METHOD 2 - USING HOLD AND SHINE WRAP
If you find the above method a little complicated, we have a simple and easy process for you. Take the wig and place it on your head. Take the hair on the wig and tie it at the back with a hair clip. Adjust the wig on your head.
Now take any Hold and Shine Hair Wrap like Olive Oil Set Mousse from ORS and apply it on the edges of your front hairline. Use a small brush to spread it evenly over the edges, sliding it from front to back. This will also help to settle the wig without requiring a glue.
Use a comb to gently style and set the hair in place. Place a wrapping strip around the hairline so that the wig gets attached to your head. Remove the wrapping strip after 45 minutes.
What should beginners know about how to apply a full lace wig?
Ideally, you should be heading to the parlor for getting the full lace wig attached for the first time. This would ensure you get a perfect style that you want. It would be difficult to wear the wig all by yourself in the first place. But If you are confident and have all the tools, you can just start right away. Or if you have a lace front wig in hand, read this guide about how to put on a wig.