Make-up & F/X

How to Put on a Lace Front Wig

Curious about trying a lace front wig? Whether it’s for cosplay or regular wear, choosing a lace front wig will give you the most realistic looking hair with a natural hairline. In this post I’ll cover what exactly a lace front wig is and how to wear it.

lace front wig
Lace front wig

What is a lace front wig?

A lace front wig (also called a lace frontal) may sound like a wig with actual frilly lace in front, but that “lace” is usually a fine mesh material. It’s located just in front of the wig, along the hairline. Some may go just around the forehead, while others extend along the sides.

You trim the mesh front to fit your face, and then you can wear it with or without adhesive, depending on your head. I always have to secure mine with glue, or it creeps back. There’s usually little baby hairs along the hairline, giving the wig a realistic appearance.

The wig pictured here is by HAIRCUBE and available on Amazon: Blond Lace Front Wig

Wearing a lace front wig.
Wearing a lace front wig

How to Put on a Lace Front Wig

First you want to trim the lace a little and try it on to see how it fits. Then trim your lace to custom fit where you want it on your head. Remember, you can always go shorter, so cut cautiously! I cut mine straight with scissors, but I’ve also seen people do a rough cut with a razor for a more uneven edge.

The neat part about lace fronts (besides how real they look) is that you can have a totally different hairline if you want. If you aren’t using glue, then next you just put it on and go! But for longer wear, I recommend adhesive.

Cutting the mesh on a lace front wig
Cutting the mesh on a lace front wig

Using Adhesives on Your Wig

There are many different options when it comes to wig adhesives. You can use different types of glues or tape. I use Ghost Bond Classic, which is made specially for adhering lace front wigs and is waterproof and sweatproof. Another popular option is Got 2b Glued, which is actually a spiking gel, but works to hold wigs as well.

I dab the adhesive directly on my head, a little below where I want the wig to sit. Smooth it all around, wait about 20 seconds, then put your wig on. If you are going for really long term wear, then apply several layers of glue first.

People have different methods of how to put on wigs, but my usual go-to is to flip my head over, put the wig on front first, flip my head back, make sure the front is where it want it, then secure the back. Once you have it in the right spot, tap on the lace to make sure it contacts the adhesive.

The final step is to dab a little matching foundation over the lace to seamlessly blend it in. This step is only necessary if the lace is visible.

Removing a Lace Front Wig

Ghost Bond is waterproof, so you’ll need alcohol to loosen it first before removing. This will also clean the makeup off the lace so it’s fresh for your next wear. Got 2b Glued can be removed with soap and warm water.

You can also just pull it off, but it hurts a little when you pull out those fine hairs on your face, and you risk damaging the lace front. I am guilty of occasionally just pulling it off, so I speak from experience.

To see all this in action, check out my reel in Instagram:

6 replies »

  1. Loved this post! I am still new to lace front wigs so looking for different adhesives to try. I’ll have to give Ghost Bond a go! I previously used Got2B Glued Blasting Freeze Spray but it didn’t work all the way along the hairline, even when I applied more, it only worked on certain parts.

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