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Wig 101 | How to Glue Down your Wig

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How to Glue Down your Lace Frontal Wig

Don't let the lace intimidate you, wigs are more accessible than ever! 

These are not your grandma's hair hats, the latest lace and gluing techniques are the key to mimicking a natural hairline. At LUXLUXE we believe anyone can rock any color or cut, it's all in the installation and styling. Not only do lace styles expand your look but they are also a protective style. When installed correctly, wigs are a great way to grow out your natural kinks, coils, and curls! 

Now, take a deep breath, ready your tools, and follow our step by step guide:

Step One: Prep your Natural Hair

The first step to wearing a wig is taking care of your natural hair. To ensure your wig is protective, the initial steps are about keeping hair moisturized and minimizing friction to prevent unnecessary breakage.

Start by giving your tresses some TLC by cleansing and conditioning. Once it is mostly dry,  you can either braid your hair, twist it, or create a small neat bun depending on the length. Once your hair is neatly braided or tucked away you can slip on your wig cap. The goal is to get our hair as flat to your head as possible to ensure a more natural fit.

Step Two: Clean your Hairline

For best results with any wig adhesive it is important to apply to clean skin. Residue on your hairline can prevent the adhesive from sticking perfectly on your hairline. Therefore, clean along the edges of your hairline thoroughly to remove any oil or chemicals. 

Step Three: Secure your Wig Cap or Stocking

The wig cap should be adjusted so that it does not cover your desired hairline. Often when people install their wig, they will adjust how high or low the wig sits to make room for baby hair styling or to minimize the forehead (no judgment). The wig cap is a critical step, it will help prevent friction, keep your wig in place, and ensure you have a smooth base for a more secure fit. 

Step Four: Position your Wig

Before applying the glues or adhesive to see if the wig fits properly, you need to place the wig on your head and line it up with your natural hairline. If the wig has a tightening strap on the inside, you may need to adjust that for a proper fit. You can also loosen the straps slightly if you feel a strong ring of pressure around your scalp. It's important to get the fit just right, so be on the lookout for styles that are adjustable and have a clear size chart for their styles. 

 

Step Five: Apply Glue or Adhesive

Start by dotting your glue or adhesive on or spraying a thin line around the hairline and smoothing it out with a makeup sponge. Then hit it with a blow dryer to make it clear. Once the adhesive is clear, repeat this step and apply a second layer of glue.

You can use a rat tail comb to press the glue into place. The more layers of glue you use, the stronger the hold will be. Plus, it’ll be easier for the lace to “melt” into the skin for a more seamless look.

Step Six: Trim Lace

After fixing the wig has been on your headline. Next, use a small sharp scissor to trim the lace along your natural hairline. You should leave about 1/8 inch (3 mm) of lace. Some people will use makeup to outline a guide for a smooth line.

You can only cut once! But don't worry, you can use the baby hair and make up to cover any imperfections. 

Step Seven: Baby Hairs

Many units come with baby hairs pre-styled along the hairline, while others can be styled to add them. 

To design your own baby hair, take a very small section from the front of your hairline, around 1/16 inch and trim it to 3/4 inch. Then mold it as boldly as you desire using your favorite edge control or styling mousse and comb. Once your design is finished, let your edges set. You can do this by pinning it down with setting paper or use a scarf and a blow dryer on the cooling setting. After a few minutes, remove this paper or scarf and reveal your masterpiece! 

Step Eight: Style

You should totally style your wig! That last little extra touch will make the wig more you. Synthetic fibers have become far more adaptable and human hair offers all the possibilities. If your wig is synthetic, avoid using a regular brush and hot styling tools over 400 degrees. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb or wig brush to adjust your hair. If it is human hair, you have no problem using the brush and extra hot styling tools. You can make each style your own by putting your own signature spin on it, curling, crimping, or straightening to finish off your look. 

 

 

For first time wig wearers installation can seem overwhelming but lace can be your friend for a natural or supernatural look. We hope this tutorial showed you how simple slipping on a wig can be, especially with a few tips. Treat yourself to a fresh lace style with confidence and live LUXLUXE.

 

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