If you’re anything like me, you’ve whiled away many, many hours of the pandemic watching 60-second TikToks of how to install a lace front wig. (And the 231.9M views suggest I’m not alone.) It’s satisfying to watch a wig become part of another person’s head in under a minute, and when it’s over, you can’t help but think, I could totally do that. “Wigs are super-popular right now because they’re really easy to do,” promises Nicole Fulton, co-founder of wig brand the Hair Closet. “It’s a great option for doing your hair in a complete look without too much work, and you really can do it at home.” With that in mind, we asked Fulton and three other experts for tips on how to complete this process.
How to Install a Lace Front Wig
The first step, of course, is to buy the wig — which we covered here — but once you have your unit in hand, here are all the products (and some helpful advice) that you’ll need to successfully install it.
When you get your wig, it’s likely that the knots on the lace where the hair is connected will be black – which can make it obvious that the lace of the wig is not your own scalp – so the first thing many people do is bleach these knots. “When you’re bleaching it, you’re making it almost see-through so you don’t see the little bitty knots,” says A’lea Malcolm-Young, who reviews wigs on TikTok for her more than 400,000 followers. “That way it looks like it’s coming straight from your head.” To do this, Malcolm-Young says she mixes BW bleaching powder and 30-volume developer into a thick paste, “because you don’t want it to seep through your wig,” and then turns her wig inside out and applies it with a brush. YouTuber Mikaela White, also known as Pisces Finest, uses a similar process and says to “leave it on for about 20 minutes, rinse it off, and then wash it off using a purple shampoo, which basically tones the knots so that they’re not orange and actually turn into a blonde color.” She likes using the Shimmer Lights shampoo. Read more of How to Install a Lace-Front Wig. […]