Welcome to the lace wig fitting prep guide.
Lace wigs aren’t all about mannequins and fancy sites, they’re about achieving a look that helps boost your confidence and self esteem. Part of this is how you wear the wig, or rather how you put it on, so read on to learn what should be done prior to fitting your wig and for those of you who prefer images check out the fitting guide with images to help.
Make sure that if you have growth hair it’s washed and as flat as possible either in cornrows (canerows), a wrap and/or covered with a wig cap/stocking.
Wash the face and neck and use alcohol or a 99% isopropyl alcohol astringent to remove any excess oils and residue, this will mean that your method of adhering the wig to your skin will be secure.
Always perform a skin test on a small patch of skin for allergies when using a new product.
Then apply a skin (scalp) protector to the nape of the neck and forehead to protect your skin from any possible irritation due to the adhesive.
Note: Always check the instructions of your wig adhesive to find out whether or not a skin protectant (scalp protector) should be used, as some adhesives should not be used with a scalp protector (like oil resistant white glue)
Pull wig hair back into a big hair clip.
Clip baby hair back with small bobby pins, or hair clips.
Cut lace back to leaving half a centimetre (quarter of an inch) of lace using small sharp scissors.
Take your time doing this and if you prefer leave half an inch do so, remember you can always cut more of the lace away.
You can also save the lace cuttings to test different adhesives.
Apply thin layers of adhesive around perimeter of hairline – following the instructions for the specific adhesive you’re using.
Position the wig on your head with the hairline of the wig rolled back.
Starting at the centre of the forehead bond the lace hairline to the head moving to each ear. You can use a small tooth comb to press the wig hairline against the adhesive on the scalp.
Repeat the above, working at the nape.
Apply the adhesive remover (such as lace release or rapid release) to the hairline of the wig – always follow the instructions on the adhesives you’re using.
Allow the adhesive remover to completely release the lace before attempting to remove the wig.
By allowing the lace to completely release prior to removing it will preserve the lace.
Using a spray, or pipette, apply adhesive remover, onto the lace around the perimeter of the hairline.
Wait for lace to completely release itself from the skin and if needed, use more remover.
If glue remains on the lace, use a mirror and slide the lace across the surface – this should remove any glue residue.
That about finishes up the the lace wig fitting prep activities (obviously the wig removal part isn't about prep, but let's pretend it is).
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