The basic information you should know after purchasing a human hair lace wig.
LACE WIG HAS 10 TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION
- Cap 3A – Glueless Full Lace Cap without Ear Ta Cap
- Cap 3B – Glueless Full Lace Cap with Ear Tabs
- Cap 1A – Full Lace Cap with Stretch in Crown
- Cap 1B – Full Lace Cap with Ear to Ear Stretch
- Cap 1C – Full Lace Cap with Ear to Ear Stretch and Adjustable Strap
- Cap 2 – Full Lace Cap without Stretch
- Glueless U-part Full Lace Cap
- Glueless Lace Front Cap
- Glueless 360 Lace Cap
- Silk Top Lace Cap
THE MOST POPULAR WAY TO SECURE A WIG – THE STOCKING CAP METHOD
The stocking cap method (also called bald scalp method) is currently the most popular way to secure a lace wig, and results in a very natural looking hairline.
THREE KEY POINTS OF CORRECTLY PUT ON 47/100A WIG WITH COMFORT AND A NATURAL LOOKING HAIRLINE
First, let’s look at the most popular element of wearing a wig–the wig cap. This is also called a stocking cap.
1. SECURE THE WIG CAP – HOW TO KEEP THE WIG CAP FROM SLIPPING
Securing a wig cap is very similar to securing a wig. Bobby pins will be your best friend throughout the process.
When putting it on, make sure that it’s not too loose, meaning that it should grip fairly tightly to your scalp without too much effort. If it doesn’t properly grip, you’ve either purchased the wrong size or you have worn it out to the point of stretching.
Braid your hair down as flat as possible. This will allow your wig to maintain a more secure hold on your scalp. Use hair gel or a small amount of water to make this process as easy as possible. Note: When properly moisturized, your hair should be moist or damp, but not sopping wet.
If you’re having trouble laying the braids flat, you can pin them down with barrettes.
Choose a wig cap that matches your skin tone in order to create the most natural look. In theory, your wig cap should never be seen, but in the event that your wig does become slightly askew during the day, a more natural color will help hide that fact.
Before applying the wig, use a scalp protector to guard sensitive skin against irritation that could result from rubbing against the wig or wig cap during the day. Give the protector time to dry before applying the cap.
When putting on the cap, take care to align it with your natural hairline, then apply it from the front moving toward the back, the same way you would apply a wig. It should sit exactly at your hairline.
2. GLUE DOWN THE HAIRLINE
Use a small amount of wig glue along your hairline in order to create a flat hold. You can apply this much the same way that you would apply glue to a wig, being sure to first cleanse your hairline to remove dirt build-up.
Test the glue first to make sure that you don’t have an adverse reaction. Press the wig cap down slowly, beginning at the front head of your hairline and then moving back to the ears, to create a firm hold. Allow the glue time to dry.
3. HOW TO SECURE THE WIG IN THE BACK
Tug the wig cap completely over your head until it reaches the nape of your neck. For the most secure hold, it should grip your head at the exact point where the top of your neck meets the base of your head.
Use bobby pins here to secure the cap. You can never have too many! (Just be careful not to pull too tightly at your natural hair.) Bobby pins are your friend, especially in the back of the cap where it may be difficult to achieve a strong hold with glue. You should use at least two pins to ensure a secure grip. The thicker your hair, the more pins you will need.
When you want to wear your wig in a high ponytail, choose a 360 lace wig or a full lace wig, and it’s better to glue down the back with someone else’s help.
TAPE VS. GLUE
Wig tape or wig glue. Which is better?
Which is easier to use?
Tape. Tape requires no mess and is easy to apply. If you do mess up during the application process, it’s easy to remove the tape and readjust your wig–easier than it is to wash off glue and start over.
Which is better for a natural look?
Glue. While tape can look extremely natural, beginners risk leaving part of the tape visible. On the other hand, glue dries clear, so you can be sure that you’ll have a more natural look.
Which gives a stronger hold?
They can both give an equally strong hold, especially because both glue and tape come in a wide range of strengths, from a lighter grip that is good for sensitive scalps, to a tight grip that is perfect for people who hit the gym.
Which is easy to remove during the day?
Neither. If you want to remove your wig during the day, either to cool down or to quickly swap it out for another look, you will be much better served by wig clips or bobby pins. Tape and glue will both take a great deal of effort, and removing and reapplying them too often can irritate your edges.
Where can they be found?
Nearly any beauty supply store will have wig tape or glue in stock, which is convenient. Unlike wig clips, these items cannot be reused, so keep backups in your cabinet to prevent being blindsided by an empty bottle or exhausted roll.
THINGS YOU NEED FOR LACE WIG