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The 7 Sins of Full Lace Wig Care

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Full lace wigs are a significant investment and we want to help you preserve them and wear them properly by using the following tools to keep your unit vibrant and looking fabulous!

#7 Not Taking Security Seriously


The sin: You must secure your wig. Full lace wigs do not always come with combs or an adjustable strap and if you are this type of cap, you must take extra measures to secure the unit to your head.

The better way: You can secure your wig by having combs and a strap sewn in. You can also secure it with properly applied adhesives. If you’re new to lace wigs, we highly recommend that you consult a seasoned stylist to install your first unit. Using adhesives isn’t difficult but it can be a tricky process for a newcomer. You want to be sure you’re wig is sitting properly and securely on your head. You don’t want it to slide off or be applied just above your brows.

#6 Showing What You Got


The sin: Not cutting enough of the lace off. Often times, in an effort not to mess up, some lace wig wearers will leave a bit too much lace around the perimeter of their unit leaving the lace visible.

The better way: If you are unsure of how to cut the lace on your unit take it to a trusted stylist or a friend who wears their wig flawlessly and let them do it for you. It is important to not cut off too much lace and end up removing part of the hair, but the only area where the lace should be visible is where the hair is parted.

#5 Failing to Wrap it Up


The sin: Applying your wig before you wrap your hair properly. This is a sin often committed by new wig wearers and it will cause the wig to sit oddly on the head and look bulky and unnatural.

The better way: Braid or wrap your hair and be sure to cover it with a wig cap before applying your unit. This will give you the most realistic appearance. If you choose to wrap your hair, do so while it is wet and then sit under the dryer until the hair is completely dry. Your hair must be dry before applying your wig. Covering damp hair will keep the hair wet and if worn for a long period of time, it can lead to mold.

#4 Getting stuck in the Way


The sin: Wetting hair that has adhesive stuck in it. You can’t shampoo glue out of your hair. Applying water will cause the glue to harden and become nearly impossible to remove.

The better way: Use an adhesive remover made specifically for lace wigs. Rub or spray it at the crown using a cotton ball until the adhesive crumbles into balls you can easily wipe from your forehead. Alcohol is also great at removing lace wig glue.

#3 Rough Play


The sin: Starting at the crown of a unit and combing down can create additional tangles and lead to matting. You’ll end up ripping the hair out and you’ll be left with frayed ends, knots on your cap where long hair used to be and a lot less density.

The better way: Start by combing your hair from the end and work your way up to the crown. Be gentle and do this before you wet the hair to wash or condition it. Wetting hair that is already tangled will make a bad situation worse.

#2 Too Much Heat


The sin: But applying constant heat to straighten the curl pattern or using a curling iron to curl a straight unit will do irreversible damage. Of course you would like the versatility of wearing your unit curly and straight. Your human hair unit is no longer attached to a scalp that would provide the nutrients and oils needed for the hair to thrive and keep on “living” despite the damage the heat can do.

The better way: Buy multiple units. We understand not every budget can handle 4 or 5 but having at least 2 that you can wear interchangeably is imperative. Buy a unit to be worn curly and a unit to be worn straight.

#1: Heavy Styling Products


The sin: The most common and the greatest of offenses is using heavy styling products. This is one that we see far too often. When the hair becomes loaded down with heavy creams, gels, heat protectant sprays, etc…it is going to matte up. Matting hair will lead to tangling. Attempting to detangle the hair once it has reached this point will lead to hair loss and shedding.

The better way: Most units only need to be washed and conditioned and lightly spritzed with heat protectant if you plan on using heated styling products. When the unit is a bit older you may want to use light holding spray for flyaway or a light curling cream to preserve the moisture in your curly or wavy unit. Otherwise, keep the product to a minimum and wash and condition the hair as needed. If you wear the hair daily, you will need to wash and condition the hair more than once per month.

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