You can attach your lace front wig using either a liquid adhesive or a tape adhesive. You can achieve a secure hold using either method...which option to choose is simply a matter of personal preference. You will be attaching the lace front unit to your skin right below your hairline and regardless if you use liquid adhesive or tape you need to make sure that this area is clean, free of oils and hairless or you will not achieve a good hold.
Step 1: Prep Your Hairline
First, cut the lace back to the hairline. Be careful not to cut any of the hair. Place the wig on your head. Position the wig hairline in front of your own actual hairline so you don’t have to worry about the glue touching your hair. Once you are satisfied with the matching of the wig and your hairline, trim the lace back to the hairline and match it with your own hairline to ensure a natural appearance.
Step 2: Clean
Clean your face and next with insuring that you get all areas around the perimeter of your hairline. Use a non-oily soap as the original Dial or Irish Spring. After cleaning, dab or spray your Scalp Protector around the perimeter of your head right below your hairline. The scalp protector protects your skin as it creates a barrier between your skin and the adhesive. It also helps to keep skin oils at bay (oily skin weakens the bond of the adhesives and prevents the strongest hold). Allow the Scalp Protector to dry completely before applying the adhesive.
Step 3: Adhesive Application
Liquid Adhesive Directions
Use the liquid adhesive very sparingly as a little goes a long way. Depending on which adhesive you choose to use, it may come with an application brush. If your adhesive does not come with a brush then use a small, thin item such as an eye shadow brush to apply the adhesive.
Apply a thin coat of adhesive around the perimeter of your head right below your hairline. Use a cool blow dryer for about 30-45 seconds to dry the glue until it's tacky/sticky. Once the adhesive is tacky, this can take up to 15 minutes depending on which product you use, it is time to apply the wig. (It is very important to make sure that the adhesive is very tacky/sticky before you apply your lace wig because if it is not the wig may start to lift in a couple of days). Starting with the front hairline, press the lace wig unit and glued area together and apply constant pressure until the unit stays by itself. This may take 1 minute or longer, but be patient. Repeat the steps for your nape and sides. Before you style the wig please wait 15 minutes to allow the glue to adhere and completely dry.
These are the basic steps that you will take regardless of what type of liquid adhesive you use. You will develop your own application techniques with practice.
Wig Tape Adhesive Directions
The wig tape is available in strips or as a roll. The tape is sticky on both sides. You will basically peel one side of the tape to expose the adhesive and apply a layer to your skin around the perimeter of your head below the hairline. You will then put the lace wig on your head and position it so that the perimeter edge of the wig lines up with edge of the tape. If you have not done so already you will want to pin the wig hair up so that loose hair does not get in the way during the attachment process. Once the wig hair is pinned up and out of the way, peel the tape backing off to reveal the adhesive. Beginning with the front hairline, proceed to attach the wig by pressing and holding it to the adhesive for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Repeat the steps for your nape and sides.
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Wig Removal Instructions
Spray C-22 generously on the lace where it is attached to your skin. Wait a few minutes to allow the glue remover to work. Do not tug or pull on the lace as this can damage the lace as well as your hair. Alternate between using C-22, Lace Release, and the 99% Alcohol to remove your lace wig unit. Just remember to never pull the lace or attempt to force it off. Once the remover has set, you should be able to roll the excess glue off of your skin and wig.
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HOW TO WASH A LACE WIG
Learning how to properly care for your lace wig will allow you to enjoy the unit for much longer. Avoid washing your lace wig while it’s still attached on your head. In order to properly care for your lace unit, you must shampoo and condition it while it is on a mannequin.
Step 1: Use a wide tooth comb to gently comb hair to free of any tangles.
Step 2: Position your lace wig on the wig head form in a sink or bathtub and saturate the hair with warm water while still on the wig head.
Squeeze enough shampoo to saturate the hair from root to tip in your palms and gently massage the hair. Repeat to ensure hair is clean from product and shampoo. Do not rub the hair during the washing process, as that may cause tangling. Also keep the wig on the head form in an upright position to avoid tangling of the unit.
Step 3: Apply a deep conditioner to the wig in the same manner the shampoo was applied and allow it to penetrate for 10 minutes, ensuring all strands are covered. Use cool water to rinse the conditioner. Make sure that all residue has been removed.
Step 4: Once all conditioner has been removed from the hair, gently squeeze the hair to reduce the amount of water. Use a wash cloth or hand towel to gently soak excess water.
Step 5: Turn the wig inside out and place it on your mannequin so that the lace is exposed. Spray the unit with the Knot Sealer or Fray Block, which prevents excess shedding.
Step 6: Allow wig to air dry. When dry, avoid excessive combing. Style as desired with flat iron or curler.
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