Wigs are a great way to switch up your look in little to no time at all. You can go short, curly, long, straight and everything in between. Wigs have come a long way and have more of a natural look to them in comparison to the past. The most popular wig right now would have to be the lace front wig.
It is built upon a lace mesh fitted to the head and around the hairline. You're able to purchase wigs with the lace covering only the front of the hairline or…
You can also purchase them with the lace going around the full circumference of your head.
They are also popular because they can be used as a protective style, especially since re-twisting your hair every night can sometimes be time-consuming and tiring.
So whether or not you're using the wigs to protect your natural hair or you just wanted to switch up your style, here are some things that you need to know.
1) A wig can be glued, taped or sewn into place. Sometimes there are even small combs on the side and back of the wig to help keep it in place.
If you are going to glue your wig into place, make sure to do a skin test first because you may have irritation or an allergic reaction to the chemicals being used.
For the skin test, just place a small amount of the adhesive on the back of your hand and leave it for about a day. The same goes for the wig tape.
2) If you do end up having an allergic reaction, try opting for a hypoallergenic adhesive product or use a glueless wig altogether.
3) Before putting on the wig, you will have to flatten your hair with cornrows, a wig cap or both. Cornrows are recommended especially if you have long or thick hair.
If you have short hair, like less than an inch, you don't need to worry about a stocking cap or cornrows.
Keep in mind that no matter what the length of your hair is, make sure that it is moisturized properly.
4) Test the fit of your wig on your head before you apply ANY adhesive product. Place the wig on your head so that it matches up with your natural hairline and blends smoothly.
This step will allow you to trim away any excess lace if necessary which will result in a more natural look.
5) After you have made sure that your wig fits properly and is comfortable, prepare your scalp for the adhesive.
Make sure to cleanse the hairline where the adhesive will be placed and be sure to apply a protective serum to the skin.
Apply the glue or double-sided tape along your hairline as necessary and make sure to line your wig up with it as you place it on your head.
6) If you're using the sew-in method, just place the wig on your head and sew it in along the hairline. Just make sure to keep it in place until you’re finished sewing in order to achieve the most natural look.