It was initially difficult to get the application technique just perfect because I enjoy changing up my style with wigs. But after many trial and error, I’ve perfected my method for consistently applying HD lace wigs.
I’ll go over my failsafe, step-by-step wig preparation and application procedure in this article. Learn how to do it by following along as you unlock countless styling opportunities. Let’s start!
Why HD Lace Wigs Are Game Changers
But let’s first consider how HD lace wigs are revolutionizing the wig industry. The sheer Swiss lace used around the brim of the cap is referred to as HD. On flesh, the exquisite lace pattern of this lace nearly vanishes.
HD lace technique mixes flawlessly along the hairline for a hyperrealistic illusion of hair growing from your scalp, in contrast to lower grade wig laces. The deception is unmatched. But effective application is necessary to achieve that second-skin fusion.
Step 1: Prep Your Hair and Scalp
I always start by prepping my natural hair and scalp for wig placement. This creates the smooth, flawless foundation necessary for natural hairline blending.
First, I slather my edges in an hydrating oil to protect from glue irritation. Next, I tightly braid back my hair or cornrow it into a beehive to keep every strand tucked away.
Then I buff my entire hairline with 90% isopropyl alcohol pads to remove any oils or product residue. This helps the wig adhesive adhere strongly. Finally, I secure my real hair with a wig grip cap for stability.
Step 2: Customize the Wig Cap and Combs
It’s important to make sure that whatever wig I wear fits my head precisely before I apply it. I start by meticulously adjusting every wig element so that it fits my particular head shape and circumference tightly and smoothly. I carefully use my nimble fingers to tighten or loosen each comb and elastic band as needed, starting from the nape strap.
I take my time to locate even the tiniest locations that can benefit from being tightened up a bit more or less, resulting in a wonderfully secure but utterly pleasant installation against my scalp. Any excessive movement or discomfort that can potentially jeopardize my gorgeous makeover will be absolutely averted right away with the wig cap sitting flush to my skull. The first step to achieving results that look natural is a flawlessly fitting base.
Step 3: Cut the Lace to Suit Your Hairline
Next I cut the HD lace on the wig perimeter to match my unique hairline pattern and size with precision. I never wear any wig straight from its original packaging without customizing first. Tracing my hairline’s authentic contours directly onto the inner lace using a detailed makeup pencil is an important step for achieving total hair fusion realness.
Then using an extra sharp pair of tiny scissors, I neatly trim away the excess lace material outside my traced line in small sections for a perfectly seamless, custom fit against my hairline. Taking the time for this delicate pre-application process prevents any tell-tale bulky lace overlap that would compromise my natural looks.
Step 4: Apply Adhesive to the Hairline
The adhesive application phase is make or break for flawless melting. I dot a thin layer of bold hold lace wig adhesive only along my hairline, avoiding any skin or hair.
I use an applicator wand for precision. Less is more – you want a light adhesive coating to secure the lace without saturation or mess. Let the adhesive become tacky before applying the wig.
Step 5: Position and Press the Lace into the Adhesive
The wig bonding will now begin! I carefully place the lace hairline against my skin and press down once the adhesive is tacky. I adjust the wig’s position as necessary before the adhesive dries completely.
To prevent lifting and gaps, I press the lace into the glue with the handle of my comb, working from the center outward. I push while accelerating drying with a blowdryer on the cool setting.
Step 6: Blend the Hairline with Makeup
For the most seamless blend between scalp and lace, I use makeup! I take a flesh-toned pencil and lightly fill any sparse hairline areas of the lace to match my skin underneath.
Then I use a makeup sponge to softly blend out the edges of the lace for a gradient effect. I mattify powder over the hairline to eliminate shine. These simple tricks make the lace disappear.
Step 7: Style the Baby Hairs
No wig installation is complete without baby hairs that have been skillfully groomed! I use a tail comb dipped in firm-holding gel to gently brush and swoop the fringe hairs along my temples and nape into position. I precisely shape the fine hairs with a magnifying mirror so that they lay over my hairline naturally.
I add extra wispy realism where the hairline appears sparse by carefully snipping a few newborn hairs with tiny, curved scissors to replicate my natural growth pattern. Each stray baby hair can be styled to perfection, giving the entire ensemble a gorgeous, natural look.
Step 8: Set the Style
My final step is locking in my flawless application under a setting spray mist. The setting spray keeps stray hairs in place and gives wig strands a natural-looking lived-in texture.
Allow to completely dry before lightly running fingers over the hairline to smooth the texture of the hair and break up any hard gel. Finish by using a comb or your fingers to fluff up the body. Work your style magic on the opulent lengths next.
You may achieve professional-level HD lace wig applications that deceive even the most experienced eye with persistent practice and these eight key stages. If it takes a few tries to do it right, don’t panic; look at each failure as an exciting new opportunity to learn.
You’ll soon be able to quickly eliminate invisible wigs for empowered style freedom. You can change your appearance whenever you want to; just do it! Let them see your beauty.