Human lace wigs are everyone's favorites. They are gorgeous, easy to install, style, and maintain. However, removing a lace wig is still pretty much a hurdle for most wig wearers. Many people are unable to remove their human hair wig without experiencing some pain on their scalp, damaging their baby hairs or
tearing the lace of their human hair wig. Removing the wig properly is critical to having a long-lasting human hair wig.
Why is it important to remove your lace wig properly?
Human hair wigs are expensive and delicate as well. While they may be easy to manage, they can easily get damaged during the installation, washing, conditioning, or removing process if caution is not applied. Removing your human hair lace with caution is vital to prevent shortening the lifespan of your wig. Removing the wig properly also ensures that your scalp, hairline, and edges are saved from damage, thereby preventing you from going bald.
This article will provide a step by step guide on how to remove your human hair lace wig without causing harm to your hairline and the wig itself. If you have been removing your wig and can't seem to escape all the frustrations like the adhesive sticking to your hair strands or your wig getting hitched, then you should go through the steps below the next time you want to remove your wig. Even if you have always removed your wig without any damage, you should still go through this article to ensure you are removing your human hair wig the right way.
Step by Step guide on How to remove your human hair lace wig
If you are wearing a long human hair lace wig, pack your wig into a ponytail so you can clearly see your edges.
For short wigs, use bobby pins or clips to hold the sides of the wig up away from your face and secure it on top of your head.
Douse a washcloth with adhesive remover liquid or a lace wig remover and rub gently into your lace seams to soften the glue around the edges of your human hair wig.
Leave the adhesive for two to three minutes so the lace seam can adequately absorb it or until you see the lace peeling off from the sides.
Slowly peel off the lace from the edges by moving around the sides to release lace from the scalp. Apply more adhesive as you remove to avoid damaging areas with hardened glue.
Tug gently at the wig taking small parts at a time to remove the human lace wig entirely from your head.
Remove and dispose of your wig cap once you have successfully taken off the wig to reveal your hairline.
Wet the edge of the wig to prepare it for cleaning. Then squeeze a little human hair wig shampoo in your hands and apply it to the lace edges. Rinse thoroughly to remove any additional glue.
Spray some more adhesive remover liquid on your edges to remove excess glue from your hairline.
Wash and condition your wig and leave on a wig stand to air dry.
Style your human hair wig as desired to prepare it for your next use.
Products and tools that you will need to remove your human hair wig
The process of removing human hair lace wigs is made easier when you use the right products. The products used to remove your human hair lace wigs are essential to avoid damage to your hair and also to your wig.
- Washcloth / make up applicator / q-tip or a small soft brush.
- Lace wig remover liquid or alcohol-based adhesive remover liquid (You can use Isopropyl alcohol as an alternative)
- Human hair wig shampoo
- Human hair wig conditioner
- Olive oil
- Clean towel
- Bobby pins/Hair clips
Detailed Guideline on how to remove your human hair wig
Step 1: Prepare your human hair lace wig for removal
• For long wigs
Pack the human wig into a ponytail to give you a clear view and avoid getting adhesive remover on the wig fibers.
• For short wigs
Use bobby pins to hold hair strands up away from the edges to give you a clear view of the lace seam and prevent the glue remover from damaging the wig fibers.
Step 2: Apply your liquid wig adhesive remover
2.1. Soak up a washcloth, q-tip, or makeup brush in adhesive remover.
2.2. Damp the edges of your lace seam gently with the soaks washcloth to weaken the adhesive used to hold the wig. Make sure to cover the front and back hairline and apply more remover in tight areas.
2.3. Wait for 1 to 2 minutes for the lace to absorb the adhesive remover until you can see the lace seam visibly coming off at the edges.
• Alcohol-based adhesives get dry quickly; hence you should be fast in applying it to the lace seams. The same applies if you make use of isopropyl alcohol.
• Avoid using alcohol-based glue remover if you have sensitive skin as it could damage the skin around the forehead. You can use oil-based adhesive remover liquid instead.
Step 3: Peel off the lace
Begin to pull the lace seam off gently at the edges until all edges have been removed.
• Gently remove the lace from your baby hairs without pulling to avoid damaging your hair and the wig fibers.
• Remove lace seams from front to back to prevent stretching the hairline entering the lace.
• While removing, spray remover under the lace at intervals to soften stubborn glue patches.
• Sometimes it seems the glue is off, and you just want to remove the wig in one swift movement. Avoid doing this so you will not end up pulling your hair in the case that you missed some areas with glue.
Step 4: Remove wig tape from hairline
4.1. Once the edges have been removed, peel the wig tape away from the base by the sides, then lift the wig off while spraying solvent under the lace
4.2. Remove the wig gently part by part. Dab more adhesive remover when you feel any resistance until you altogether remove the entire wig.
Step 5: Remove wig cap
Remove the wig cap and dispose of it.
• Wig caps should not be reused. Use a new wig cap for each human hair wig installation session.
• You can buy wig caps easily from a salon or hair product store.
Step 6: Clean the remaining glue on the lace wig
Place the edges of the human hair lace wig under running water and rub gently with your fingers to remove any extra glue on the lace.
• Rub the inside of your wig with a handheld mirror to easily remove stubborn adhesive on the lace
• Removing excess glue will help the lace wig to glue correctly next time you want to install the wig.
Step 7: Remove glue on your hair or skin
7.1. Carry out a skin test before applying adhesive remover on your skin to prevent allergy(Suggested)
How to carry out a skin test
• Apply little on adhesive remover at the back of your palm and leave for 24 to 48 hours
• Wash off and check for allergic reactions. If there are changes on your skin, you should contact a skin specialist. If not, go ahead and use the adhesive remover on your hairline.
7.2. Apply some more adhesive remover on your hairline to remove any glue residue on your hair and scalp.
• Wig adhesive removers such as the C22 citrus solvent, lace off wig remover, and the African American lace wig removers are commonly used products for removing tough glues on the lace wig and skin.
• You can also use olive oil to clean the excess adhesive off your hair or skin
Step 8: Wash and clean your wig
Wash and condition your human lace wig if you have worn it often up two weeks.
Use a wig shampoo and conditioner to avoid causing damage to your human hair wig. Apply little quantity of shampoo to wet wig, and stroke downwards gently with your fingers. Then place under running water to rinse. Damp with a towel and apply conditioner while avoiding the scalp of the wig. Leave for two minutes and rinse again under running water. Check this guide for how to wash your wig
• Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle human hair wig before washing to avoid shredding
Step 9: Keep your wig ready for the next use
9.1. Place your wig on a wig stand to air dry
9.2. Brush to the desired style for the subsequent installation.
9.3 Store your wig in a plastic bag or on a wig stand.
Step 10: Wash your own hair
Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner to make wig installation easier. Putting on the wig on clean and oil-free hair makes the wig stay better and look more natural.
• Remove the human hair lace wig from the back to the front. Removing the front first may cause the hair to be pulled, resulting in pains and hair damage.
• Use wig shampoo and conditioner to wash human hair wigs.
• Keel your human hair wig on a wig stand after removal to keep it in shape.
• Avoid removing your human avoid lace directly
• Do not leave extra adhesive on the lace wig after removal. This could cause damage to the lace and prevent proper adhesion during the next installation.
• Do not remove the glue with hard or abrasive material as this may damage the skin and the wig too.
Following the above steps on how to remove your human hair wig will help prevent tearing your lace, damaging your baby hairs, and, ultimately, improve the lifespan of your wig.
Have you always removed your human hair wig without any challenges? What tips have helped you in removing your human hair wig without frustrations? What products did you find most effective? Share below your comments and suggestions on how to remove human hair wigs. Or read on our detailed guide about how to put on a wig.