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How to Make Your Lace Front Wig Look Natural

The Process and the Products to Help You Slay your Frontal Wig

It seems like the lace front wig may be the answer to all of our problems. Opting for a lace front wig may help ease your morning hair routine.

Waking up and dealing with natural hair can be a pain.

Frankly, sometime sew-ins can add to your morning stress as well. Tight braids with loose tracks and coping with your leave out can sometimes make you want to risk it all and shave everything in sight.

Let me show you how to make a lace front look natural, how to put on a wig, and get your look on point!

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The Lace Front Wig

Have you ever asked yourself: What is a lace front wig?

Lace front wigs have been around in Hollywood for at least the last ten years.

Lace fronts were initially used to turn actors into your favorite character within a matter of minutes, think Mrs. Doubtfire. Nevertheless, It wasn’t until the actors started realizing that these same wigs can be worn every day.

The good news is these wigs are available to everyone, but the bad news is not everyone knows how to secure it, and that means a lot of people are walking around with adhesive residue on their hairline, no edges, or air pockets where their lace should be smoothed and secure. Follow these steps.

Supplies Needed:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Applicator Brush
  • Bleaching Powder
  • Developer (10 or 20 volume)
  • Wig Cap that matches your skin color or stocking
  • Blow Drier
  • Gots2B Glue
  • Gots2B Freeze Spray
  • Rattail comb
  • Helmet Head Hairspray
  • Toothbrush
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How to Make A Lace Front Wig

The steps you take to construct a lace front wig are crucial for how to make a wig look natural. A lace frontal wig must look natural for it to pop! We will dive in a bit more on how you can customize a lace front wig whether you made it or not but, most importantly, the foundation matters.

There are a couple of ways on how to make a lace front wig but nothing is better than needle and thread. It’s also good to have the proper sewing technique on how you sew your frontal down at the beginning of making your lace front wig.

Making your own wig can be fun and time-consuming but there are ways you can learn to ensure the process is effortless and stressless.

Customize the Frontal

You may want to know why this step is essential.

When the hair is tied to the lace of the lace front wig leaves a knot where the hair is connected. This knot is visible against your skin tone, and that is a dead giveaway that your hair is not growing directly from your scalp.

To reduce the appearance of the knots we want to bleach the area of the lace that you will be parting as you style your lace front wig.

Mix your bleaching powder with your developer in your mixing bowl to make a smooth consistency of bleach. Do not make it too soupy. You want the mixture to be of a pudding consistency, but unable to seep through the lace. You do not want to accidentally bleach the hair.

Get your frontal on a flat even surface and lace side up slowly and gently dab the bleach mix onto your lace to bleach the knots. Get the product on the lace as quick and as evenly as possible.

Wait about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the developer used.

Wash Your Frontal

Use lukewarm water rinse the bleach from the frontal portion of your wig.

Use a neutralizing shampoo and wash your wig. Be sure to get ALL of the bleach off of the lace and rinsed out of the wig.

Once you have washed the wig, set it on your wig stand and examine the hairline. Tweeze the hairline to your liking to make it look realistic. Be sure to thin out the perfectly straight line hairline. This part is very time consuming, and it can take about an hour. The key is to target hairs that look too uniform in the wig’s hairline.

You can also create baby hairs by cutting some of the long strands at the perimeter of the wig and create some shorter pieces.

Also, pull out some hairs that make the base of the hairline look dense.

Be careful not to tweeze too much! Part the wig as you go through and customize the hairline. You do not want to part the wig and realize you have created a bald spot.

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Apply The Wig

The way you position and place your lace front wig is another vital factor in making sure your lace front wig looks as natural as possible. The steps on how to pur on a lace front wig are super easy and it all starts with your natural braided hair.

Braid your hair up in a simple style.

I would suggest braiding your hair straight back. If you have extremely thick hair, you can still braid a straight back braid pattern, but when you secure your braids that go past your neck sew each on upward and attach it the braid on your scalp. This part is important for knowing how to wear a lace front wig correctly.

Do not group the braids and sew them down because you will create an uncomfortable bulging mass of hair at the nape of your neck and no stocking or wig cap will be able to compress that.

TRUST ME.

braid for sew in

Use The Right Gel or Adhesive

Place your wig cap or stocking cap on over your braid pattern and use Got 2B Glued or adhesive gel of choice and apply the product to the perimeter of your hairline. When it dries, you can cut away the extra wig cap or stocking cap. However, I would suggest always spraying some Got 2B Freeze spray as well! Spraying will enable your cap to have extra hold. When you start to cut away your cap, it will not lift up. You want the adhesive to be completely dry on the cap so if you have to, use a blow dryer and blow some warm/cool air on the perimeter of your hairline.

Once the adhesive is completely dried, you can cut away the wig cap band OR scoot the stocking cap back and just put a little Got2B Glued on the edges. Either way, you want the excess material from your base cut away from your hairline.

Put your lace front wig on your head. Do not start to secure the wig. Place the wig on your head and pull it back from the perimeter of your head.

Now you can add a little more adhesive product to your wig cap hairline, but it should not be completely dry. You want it to be “tacky” sticky and a little wet but not dry.

Secure Your Wig

Begin to secure your lace front wig that has been cut and pre-fit to your head by pressing the edges to your hairline with your nail or a comb where you have the tacky, adhesive substance.

If you use your fingers and the glue has not dried all of the ways it may turn white and then you will have to remove and restart.
Take your blow dryer and blow dry your perimeter.

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Style Your Edges

Lastly, it is all about the baby hairs!

Take some Helmet Head Hairspray and spray it on a bristle brush or toothbrush. Hold down your frontal wig and shape your baby hairs the way you want your baby hairs on your frontal to be.

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Coloring Lace Front Wig

Not everyone wants to stick to the same natural brown hair color that most bundles and frontals offer. To spice things up, coloring your lace front wig is another way to make it look very natural. Therefore, choosing the right color for your skin tone is the first step to having natural looking wigs. Once you’ve matched and gotten the right color, its all about the way you color your lace front wig. It’s always best to color your bundles and frontal before you make a lace front wig but if already constructed, you can still successfully color it.

Wear gloves while doing so and apply the color to the lace front wig while it is stably placed on a mannequin head to ensure no messes. Once you’ve gone through and applied the hair color to the lace front wig, simply take a wide-tooth comb and brush through the hair strands to make sure hair color is being distributed evenly.

There you have it! A Natural Lace Front Look!

Natural looking wigs are the best kind of wigs. Therefore, if you follow these instructions, you will have the option to rock a lace front wig. It is an amazing protective style, but it does take a little work! Will you be rocking a lace front wig soon?

Leave a comment below and let us know!!

About Chay Rodriguez

Hi! My name is Chay Rodriguez and I am the host of #GOALS The Podcast, a fashion and beauty blogger, and a natural hair fanatic. Join me as I navigate through this world of entreprenuership, curls, and style because I am documenting it all!

8 thoughts on “How to Make Your Lace Front Wig Look Natural

  1. Slaygoddess says:

    I think having a wig is every woman’s go to look, but you have to make sure it looks natural! Customizing a wig to fit your natural hairline and color of your scalp is a definite must! This article has some good facts in it. I love this article because it gives you good advice like securing the wig. Got to secure the Wig sis!!!!

  2. Donnalee says:

    This article was a great read. The wig game has stepped up so much now especially for natural sisters as a protective style. Every female should have a wig on hand for those lazy days and those last minute pop up outings. Learning to secure the wig too should be the first step of getting things started. The same details that were outlined in the article are how I secure my wig.

  3. Melissa Smith says:

    This article was on point! I follow all the steps in the article! I’ve customized my own wigs as well as for others because I need the to look as natural as possible.

  4. Lillian Johnson says:

    This article gives great tips on how to bleach the knots on your lace wig properly but if you rather not go that route or if you simply don’t have the supplies, I have an easy and affordable option for you.

    When I began wearing human lace wigs I didn’t bleach my knots myself because I wanted to avoid the anxiety of potentially messing up my frontal. Instead, I took a shortcut. I got a pressed powder that matched my skin tone (E.L.F= $1), turned my wig inside out so that the lace in the cap is facing up and used a makeup brush to mask the knots with the powder. Make sure to get around the hairline as well in order blend the line between where the lace ends and where my skin starts. The good thing about this method is that it’s not permanent so if you get it on the hair on the wig you can rub it off using some water on a toothbrush or q-tip to get it off unwanted areas. Even though this method is temporary you don’t have to keep reapplying every day. The makeup stays on the cap for me up to a week.

    (P.S this method is PERFECT for synthetic lace wigs as well)

  5. Ché Luxe says:

    YES! The customization process to create the most natural looking hairline is definitely key 🔑. In 2018 our knots will be bleached to perfection, hairline plucked for the gods! and our lace.. melted on like butter. But what do you do when your lace doesn’t match your complexion? Here are a few tips to add to this article.

    Rit Dye Method:
    Rit dye is a fabric dye used to color clothes. It is accessible at your local Walmart, Michael’s or any arts and crafts store. What some people may not know is that rit dye can be used to tint your lace too! Simply add a few drops of your selected Rit dye shade that best matches your skin complexion in a bowl of very hot/boiling water. Submerge your lace frontal or closure in that mixture and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then shampoo and condition your frontal or closure as usual.. and there you have it; lace that matches your skin tone!

    Black Tea Method:
    Another method which is very similar to the rit dye method is the black tea method. If your low on cash and don’t really feel like going to Walmart you can use black tea to dye your lace. (Most homes usually have tea). Very similar to the rit dye method, add 1-2 tea bags in a bowl of very hot/boiling water. Submerge your frontal or closure in the hot tea for about 15 minutes. Then shampoo and condition your lace as usual. For darker skin complexions use more tea bags! For lighter skin complexions use fewer tea bags.

    Spray Can Tan Method:
    Now, I came across this trick a few years ago when I used to rock silk based closures. There are some people that prefer a silk closure over a lace closure, and here is how you can tint your silk closure to match your skin complexion for a more natural appearance. Sally Hansen’s Airbrushed Legs is a spray tan that you can buy at your local Target, Walmart, or CVS. They come in 4 shades “light glow” to “deep glow”. Choose your preferred shade and spray it directly on to the scalp part of your closure. Don’t worry, it will not ruin the hair. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, shampoo and condition your closure as usual, and you will be amazed by the results. The spray tan will last a few washes.

    A few hair companies still do not provide shade options for their lace closures and lace frontals, and everyone will most likely receive the same light brown lace shade. For those who have a little more melanin, do not worry. Follow these tips and your lace will look as natural as possible in 2018

  6. Tyesha says:

    When trying to make you lacefront wig look more natural, you first have to make your hair underneath look as flat as possible. Secondly, you can put a wig cap that is similar in color to your scalp, pull the band past your hair line, put hair gel from ear to ear on the wig cap to secure it, blow dry the gel (on cool setting), cut the band off, and make sure there are no little pieces that are not secured by gel around the hairline. You can put the wig on to test and see how you want it to sit on your head. Once a decision has been made you can position it on your head as desired and cut the lace (you should take your time with this as cutting the lace can either make or break the look you’re striving for.). Optional: you can apply foundation to the new hairline you created with the wig cap for a more seamless look. Next, apply more gel from ear to ear on the edges of your wig cap and blow dry on the cool setting but this time until the gel is tacky. When the gel becomes tacky, place the wig on top to secure it making sure all the edges are being held down by the gel. Using a rat tail comb helps with this because you can gently press down the edges without it slipping or sliding. Lastly, you can either use your blow dryer on the cool setting to set the gel or wrap up your edges so they set and style as desired.

  7. Alia says:

    Also I found it easier to pluck the hairline when the hair is wet, the hair comes out easier, remember less is more because there’s nothing worse than overplucking, if you don’t pluck enough you can always go back

  8. Alia says:

    I found the elastic band method to be helpful for making the lace stay down without having to apply any adhesive. The elastic band method is when you sew the ends of the elastic band to the sides of the closures/frontals. It helps it to fit really snug

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