Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lace Front 101!

The mighty lace front wig has been around for quite a few years but has recently become a must-have for many who are tired of the hassles of fixing your own hair. Stars such as Tyra and Beyonce have been rocking these do's for 4ever and have had had many thinking that their hairstyles would cost hundreds of dollars to rock theirself! The versatility and variation of styles is what many wearers love and I must say, I can see why!

Just recently, I too have joined the lace front bandwagon and needless to say, I love it! 

Remember these tips to make your look a success instead of a hot MESS before applying your piece:

  • Be sure to properly clean/exfoliate the area you will be applying adhesive glue/tape to ensure secure stick.
  • Shave excess hair from around nape of neck and around hairline.
  • Use a sharp pointed stick (such as a cuticle stick) or a rattail comb to apply adhesive for a more controlled line. 
  • Use a bit of hair gel to smooth your naturally softer hair strands out the way of adhesive. 
  • Wet fingers when using tape to avoid it sticking to your hand. 

Face Shaping

Oval - Many choices
As its name implies, the oval-shaped Face is longer than wide, with a jaw that is narrower than the cheekbones. Because the oval shaped face has no dominant areas and is so proportional, this face looks good with just about any hairstyle, length or texture.

Round - Avoid width
The round-shaped face has a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones. The client may be overweight and the neck may appear short. A geometric or linear style looks very good. Add height and long wispy sides to make the cheeks look narrow. Sides and nape comb close.

Diamond - Reduce width at sides
The diamond-shaped face has a narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones. Diamond shaped faces need narrow sides and fullness at the chin. Bobs work very well. Avoid height on top or volume on the sides. Use some fringe or bangs to cover narrow forehead.

Heart - Add volume at chin
The heart-shaped face is characterized by a wider forehead and a narrower chin. Bring some hair onto the forehead to disguise its width. Keep hair close to the head at the eyes but make it slightly full around the jaw, and below and in front of the earlobes.

Pear - Add volume above jaw line
The pear-shaped face is characterized by a small or narrow forehead and a rather large pouchy-appearing jaw line. Comb hair to add width from the eye level through the crown of the head. Set and comb hair close to the head on the sites and at the nape.

Oblong - Add softness
The oblong-shaped face has a long and narrow bone structure. An oblong facial shape often has a long, thin neck. Use a fringe or half-bang across the forehead by creating the soft waves or curls in the crown or nape areas. This helps to create the illusion of an oval.

Applying Your Hair Piece

1) The first task is to create a flat surface for the wig to sit on. You can braid your hair down, mold it, or apply a stocking cap and/or wig liner. Most prefer molding or wrapping the hair when wearing a straight unit and braiding it when the unit is curly. The decision is yours.

2) Next cleanse your forehead perimeter with alcohol. this will 
create a clean oil free surface which will be better for the adhesive to adhere to.

3) All the hair of the wig hair should be pinned up before placing on your head. This will eliminate the hair from falling and sticking to the glue. be especially careful of the baby hairs the stick easily to excess glue.

4) Gradually start trimming the excess lace, the goal here is to create your hairline, only cut small amounts off at a time. Refrain from making jagged cuts in the lace only smooth precision ones. Stork scissors work well for cutting the lace.  Place the wig on your head, and evaluate how and where you would like the hairline. The goal is to find where the hairline will look most natural. 

5) Mark or lightly outline where it is to be placed on your head. Do not apply adhesive outside these marks. You should be able to place four fingers between your hairline and your eyebrows for the most natural look.

6) After you have created your hairline, apply adhesive to the hairline so it can stay on your head. Let it semi-dry before placing your wig over it. It should be a little tacky sticky to the touch not stringy, for best hold results. Press down with comb.

7) Add glue to excess spots that you may have missed. Make sure you let it semi dry before pressing down with comb. Lace should lay on forehead hairline smoothly with no ripples

*Your unit should have a natural look.
*no glue should be visible on your forehead. 
*Your baby hairs should not be stuck to your face with glue.

1) Don't push lace down with your fingers into the glue. The hair will stick and get matted up. Use the teeth of of wide tooth comb and press it flat against your scalp.

2) Don't reapply glue to area with glue already, the glue will not stick to an old  previously glued surface. Area must be cleaned first, then reapply.

Removing Your Unit

1) Pull all hair up into a ponytail, to provide better access to  hairline where remover should be placed.

2) Apply the lace adhesive remover to the adhesive around  perimeter of hairline. Be careful not to let it run in your  eyes. Let remover set in for a minute or two, then  gradually remove the lace. 

3) It is best to clean the unit when it is completely off the  head. Glue gets embedded in the lace after a while of wearing. This glue has to be removed  before shampooing your unit. Spray any areas that have old adhesive on it let  it soak in for a few minutes then squeeze excess glue from  unit.

4) It's best to clean old glue from your unit before shampooing. You should let the unit dry naturally then you can reapply, style or store it. 


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