Feb 21, 2022

Women holding a brunette wig

Whether you’re a wig expert or brand new to the world of wigs, wigs are a fabulous option because they let you quickly switch up your hairstyle or hair color without harming your natural hair. 

Lace front wigs have become increasingly popular due to their design to mimic a natural hairline. What makes lace front wigs different, and how do you wear a lace front wig?

With most lace front wigs, you have the option to change your part, which provides more freedom than a regular wig. The hairs are individually tied into a thin lace material at the front of the hairline, providing a more natural hairline. On the other hand, a basic cap wig has a seam at the front hairline, making the hair look like it starts abruptly. 

Lace front wigs can be tricky at first, but once you learn how to properly wear a lace front wig, you will feel more confident than ever. We have outlined some expert tips on how to wear a lace front wig without damaging your natural hair.

1. Secure Your Real Hair 

Before putting on your lace front wig, it is crucial to secure your hair. If your hair is short, you can wrap it, or if your hair is longer, you can braid it. Make sure all of your hair is pulled back before applying adhesive to ensure a solid foundation. 

2. Use the Right Adhesive 

The next step in learning how to wear a lace front wig for beginners is to choose an adhesive that is specifically designed to glue down lace front wigs. Whatever you do, don’t try to use lash glue or any arts and craft glue. Always do a patch test before applying any new adhesive to avoid any allergic reactions.

If you are planning to swim in your wig, make sure to use a waterproof adhesive. The proper adhesive can make or break your entire look.  

3. Take Care of Your Lace Front Wig 

If you’re wondering how to wear a lace front wig everyday, it’s crucial to understand that a wig needs the same amount of care as our natural hair. If you own a human hair wig, it needs to be shampooed, conditioned, and protected just like the hair from our scalp.

To ensure maximum lifetime, wash the lace and the hair strands on your lace front wig. Always use high-quality products, and stay away from any that contain sulfate and alcohol because they can cause tangling and damage to your hair.

4. Wash it Every 6 Wears 

Like most wigs for women, lace front wigs need to be washed every 6 weeks but don’t be afraid to wash them even sooner. However, be careful not to overwash your lace front wig as this could cause damage to occur too soon. 

When deciding how long to wear a lace front wig before washing it, consider the time spent wearing it. The more you wear the lace front wig, the more often you should wash it. If you wear the wig every day, washing it twice a month should suffice.

It also depends on the type of adhesive you use because some adhesive types are only meant for the short term. In that case, you may need to wash your lace front wig more frequently. Once you have reached the 6-week mark, it is time to clean and moisturize your wig.

5. Gentle Removal 

Patience is key when it comes to properly wearing a lace front wig and removing it. It is essential to use an adhesive remover to slowly and safely take off the wig. As soon as you feel resistance, apply more adhesive remover, and make sure to take your time. When the wig is off, clean the excess glue off of the lace.

6. Remove Lace Front Wig While Sleeping 

Even though it may be easy to fall asleep in your lace front wig and forget you even had it on, it is not very good for your natural hair. If you sleep with your lace front wig on, you'll probably wake up with knots and tangles, and styling your wig the next day will take more time. Plus, sleeping in a lace front wig will greatly reduce its lifespan. 

If you plan on removing your wig at night, you should use a temporary adhesive. If you also work out a lot or live in a humid environment, it might be easier to use short-term glue so you can remove it when you please, giving your natural hair more time to breathe.

If you want to sleep in your lace front wig, follow these tips to maintain the lifespan:

  • Brush out the hair to remove any tangles
  • Apply a moisturizer to the edges of the lace front wig 
  • Sleep with a silk pillowcase to avoid friction 
  • Sleep in a satin or silk wig cap


7. Do Not Shower With a Lace Front Wig 

Showering with a lace front wig puts it at risk of breakage and can cause stretching of the materials. Wash the wig with lukewarm water in the sink or bathtub to protect it. Sweat and oils will collect in your wig, so it is important to use proper cleaning products to ensure maximum longevity. 

Even with these tips for how to wear a lace front wig, a lace front wig is not meant to last forever. After all, wigs are temporary and are only an accessory. Here at The Lauren Ashtyn Collection, our lace front wigs are made with 100% European Remy human hair and can last for up to 3 years! For more information on our lace front wigs, contact us here!