July 29, 2021

How to Put on a Lace Front Wig

How to Put on a Lace Front Wig

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Now that you’ve gotten a nice lace front wig, how to put it on?

My name is Tee, and I’m an astute lover of wigs. With experience garnered over the years, I can tell you the things you need to know about wigs. In this article, I’ll share with you how to put on a lace front wig.

It may seem like wearing a lace front wig is a daunting task, but I assure you that it’s the easiest thing since sliced bread. Just get the right tools and learn the easy techniques then we are good to go.

Come along, let’s dive in!

Tools Needed to Put on a Lace Front Wig

Here are the tools needed for putting on your lace front wig:

  • Adhesive tapes or wig glue
  • Scalp protection fluid
  • Scissors
  • Wig cap
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair clamps
  • Cotton swab
  • Hairdryer
  • Ethyl alcohol or facial cleanser
  • Mirror
  • Small-sized hairbrush

Detailed Steps to Put on a Lace Front Wig

Here are the detailed steps for putting on your lace front wig.

Step 1: Securing your Natural Hair

You need a wig cap to help you hold your natural hair in place. If you have short hair, simply brush it back and throw on a wig liner. But if you have fuller and longer hair, pin it or lay it in such a way that is evenly distributed and flat-laid before putting on a wig cap.

You can also create a flat surface by braiding your hair in tiny cornrows. This is to avoid bumps and bulges underneath the wig. Ensure your natural hair is well-secured before putting on the adhesive.

Step 2: Perform a Skin Test

The next step is applying the adhesive to your hairline. But before that, it is necessary to carry out a skin test to know your sensitivity to the adhesive or glue and know if it’s a great match or not.

Apply a little amount to your hand or any sensitive part of your skin, let it sit there for a short while, between 10 to 15 minutes. Observe your skin during the process.

If your skin turns red, or you can find any evidence of irritation, stop using it and find another glue. You can move onto the next step if your skin doesn’t show any adverse effects.

Step 3: Remove Dirt from your Hairline

Before applying the adhesive, you should clean your hairline. This allows the adhesive to stay for a longer period, and be void of dirt, oil stains, and impurities in general.

Dip a cotton swab alcohol then wrap your hairline to remove the dirt and excess oil. You can also use a facial cleanser and cotton pads. Ensure it dries before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Adhesive Application

Now that you’ve conducted a skin test and cleaned your hairline, you can put on the adhesive or glue. Take note, this is a very important part of securing a lace front wig. If you’re using glue, ensure you get glue that is specifically for securing lace wigs.

Don’t use glue that is designed for paper projects or eyelashes, my friend did that once when she was running out of wig glue and she still believes it was one of the biggest mistakes she had made when she was in the colleague.

Use a small brush to scoop the glue and smear it onto your hairline or the hairline of the wig until it’s evenly spread. Use the dryer to blow dry the glue for about 30 seconds to 3 minutes. If you plan to go swimming with your wig, you may want to use waterproof glue.

If you’re using adhesive tape, cut the tapes into tiny pieces and place them all around your hairline. Make sure you leave a small space between each tape.

Then place the wig on your head, while ensuring that the wig is a match with your hairline. Use your fingertips to carefully lay the wig over the tape or glue, and pay close attention from the center to your ears.

Non-adhesive Application

You can also decide to put on your lace front wig without using any glue or adhesive. If you’ll make use of this, you have to ensure you won’t be doing any tasking activities that may require you to flip your hair or swirl. 

All you have to do is put on the wig, flat-iron, or curl it, and use some edge-control to lay the edges and make it firm.

Step 5: Fit the Wig

After putting on the adhesive, position the wigs and make sure it naturally falls in line with your edges, and the hairline is at the right place. Hold the wig close to the label, tilt your head a bit forward, then carefully put on the wig.

Tilt your head in an upright motion and push the wig a bit backward until it aligns with your natural hairline. Afterward, press the wig hairline to the glue applied part on your natural hairline. Tuck in any hair strands and use the wig straps to tighten or loosen as needed.

Step 6: Cut the Extra Lace of the Wig

This step only needs to be done if it’s your first time wearing the lace front wig. Most lace front wigs come with extra lace for you to trace out your hairline.

Before cutting, adjust the wig properly to fully mimic your hairline. Use the end of a thin comb to carefully lift the lace, then start tracing. Make sure you start from the start of your ear itself.

You can go further about half an inch so that after cutting it sits nicely. Don’t cut too close to the lace, start from about ¼ inch from the edge of your hairline.

Step 7: Styling Your Wig

So now everything is done and you can style your hair as you wish.


Here are some questions that may come to mind when it comes to put on a lace front wig. I’ll answer them to the best of my knowledge.

Which Glue is Best for Lace Front Wigs?

Getting the perfect lace glue may be a bit daunting, but before getting any lace glue, you should know about the activities you want to engage in. For instance, if you’ll go swimming, you may want to use water-resistant glue.

If you don’t find the right glue for your lace front wig, you may find yourself worrying about wind, sweat, and even water. 

Is Glue or Tape Better for Lace Wigs?

Both are great choices to install a wig. It only depends on the purpose and duration of time you intend to use the wig. Tapes are easier to use, and work best when you don’t intend to wear the wig for a long time.

Tapes are also a great choice if you get easily irritated by glues or you have very sensitive skin. On the other hand, glues come in handy if you want to wear the wig for longer periods.

How do you make a Lace Front Wig Look Natural?

Make sure you cut the frontal lace as close to your hairline as possible. You can also pluck away some hairs at the hairline to give a more natural look, which could be used for baby hairs. Also, use a foundation or concealer that matches your skin tone to blend the scalp of the wig with yours

Wrapping Up

Yikes! That’s how to put on a lace front wig. I hope you’ve found this article helpful so far. Let’s know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Stay glam!


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