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Frequently Asked Questions: Lace Wigs 101
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Everything you need to know about lace wigs! This is the beginner's guide to hair textures, lace wig application, and so much more! We are always adding to the list. If you do not see the answer to your question, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to assist you.





THE BASICS

What is a lace wig?
A lace wig is also called "cranial hair prosthesis", "hair replacement system", or a "unit". A lace wig is constructed on a very thin mesh/lace cap. It is constructed to have a very realistic hairline. You can part the wig and it looks very natural. The wig appears as if hair is growing right out of your scalp and hairline. You apply the lace to your skin with lace wig adhesive and the lace vanishes once adhered to your skin. Lace wigs are very versatile, you can wear a high ponytail or up do.

What is the difference between a Full Lace Wig, Lace Front Wig, and Lace Frontal?
Full Lace Wig:Full Lace Wigs are constructed with the entire cap being lace as well as the perimeter of the wig. Full lace wigs allow you to wear your hair in high up dos and ponytails. When you apply the wig, you will have an undetectable hairline.
Lace Front Wig: Lace Front Wig or Front Lace Wig is constructed with lace only in the front of the wig and the remainder of the wig is constructed with a regular netted wig cap or other materials such as thin-skin. You will not be able to wear a front lace wig in high up dos or ponytails.
Lace Frontal: A Lace Frontal is a partial piece of lace that is constructed to only adhere to the front hairline and front perimeter of your head. A Frontal is great for women who suffer from thinning hairlines and wish to add fullness to the front hairline. The lace frontal is applied to the front hairline area, and your natural hair is worn out, or extensions are applied to the rest of the hair.

Will a lace wig damage my hairline?
No. If you wig is applied properly, it will not damage your hairline. You must cut your lace and leave enough lace to hold/adhere the glue to your skin. You will need extra lace to hold the wig firmly and avoid placing glue/tape to your hairline.

Do lace wigs cost less than weaves and extensions?
Hair extensions are very expensive, you have to pay for the hair, and also pay for a stylist to install and up-keep. Hair extensions require a lot of maintenance. Extensions damage your scalp and hair, and sometimes cause permanent hair loss. Many people switched to wearing lace wigs after experiencing hair loss from extensions, chemotherapy-therapy or other health related problems.

What is density?
Density is how thick or thin you want your hair to be. The standard density is 100% which is considered medium density.

What are bleached knots?
Bleached knots help make the hair appear as if it is growing from the scalp. When hair is tied to the lace, there is a dark knot where the hair is secured. Bleaching or "lightening" the knots reduces the visibility of this knot. On off black (1B) and dark brown hair, the knots are lightened to a light brown shade. Very light brown and blonde and shades usually do not need bleached knots.

Which style cap should I use?
In order to determine the style cap that you should buy is determined by how you would like to wear your wig. There are several styles of cap styles, here are the basic cap styles:

  • Full lace with a little stretch lace ear to ear, can be worn in a high ponytail.
  • Full lace without stretch, can be worn in a high ponytail.
  • Full lace with stretch lace from ear to ear, not the best option for a high ponytail.
  • Lace Front Cap, Swiss Lace or French Lace in the front & stretch lace on the back, high ponytail not achievable.
  • Silk Top cap, hidden or injected knots, stretch lace at crown, can be worn in high ponytail.

What is baby hair?
Baby hairs are the fine hairs that are ventilated around the perimeter of the wig. It gives a more natural appearance because most people have shorter hair around their hairline and nape. Baby hairs may also be used to cover beginner flaws during an application.

Can I still wear a lace wig even if I have a full head of hair?
Yes, regardless of the amount of hair you have, you will still be able to enjoy a lace wig. You must secure your natural hair as flat as possible. We recommend that you either cornrow your hair going straight back or mold your hair in a circular motion.

Who can wear a lace wig?
Lace wigs are for anyone! Men, Women, Teens, Children, young and old. Lace wigs are great for cancer patients, alopecia patients, anyone experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy, or scalp disease. Lace wigs are for all cultures as well!

Can I exercise or swim with my lace wig?
YES, lace wigs are just like your real hair, you can do normal activities with such as exercising, swimming, showering, sweating, etc. We recommend that you do not get your wig wet in the first 24 hours after you apply the adhesive. We also recommend that you use water proof adhesive.

What is ventilation?
Ventilation is the process in which hair is hand tied on to the lace, creating what are called "knots".

ALL ABOUT HAIR

What are the differences in hair texture?
Brazilian Remy:Exotic deep spirals, luxurious waves.
Chinese Remy:This type of hair should only be chosen if you want a very straight wig. Chinese Remy hair is naturally shiny, it also does not hold a curl, and it is slightly coarser. This hair does not tangle or shed like regular Chinese hair sold in the beauty supply stores.
European Remy:(Russian Hair, Caucasian Hair) is fine to medium density, and it has a naturally straight to slight wave. It is available in a variety of colors, mostly dark blondes to medium browns. This hair type is more expensive.
Indian Remy:This is the most versatile hair type. The texture is silky soft with subtle waves. It can be easily curled and is less coarse than Chinese Remy hair.
Mongolian Remy:The Mongolian Remy Hair is softer and silkier than Asian and Indian Remy. It has more movement and lays down smoother than the other hair types. It does not have as much texture as Indian Remy so it may wave up slightly.
Malaysian Remy:This hair type is sleek and straight with a slight bend. This hair moves freely and holds a curl well.

Where does the hair come from?
The hair is harvested from a single donor (in some cases it is necessary to use hair from two donors) and it's cuticles are kept in tact and aligned in the same direction to ensure manageability. If the cuticles are not aligned, the hair is more prone to tangling and matting.

How do I prevent shedding?
Love My Hair Boutique(TM) recommends that you use knot sealer to seal your knots on the underside of your wig. Flip your wig inside out and be sure to protect the hair that is left out, you could use a plastic bag. Spray a light coat of knot sealer on the knots of the lace wig cap. You should seal your knots after every washing. Knot sealer is available at Love My Hair Boutique, please see our adhesives/solvents section. As an alternative, you may use clear acrylic spray, you may find this spray in your local craft shop. Please see our video's section for a complete how to on sealing your knots. Also, you must shampoo and condition your wig, not washing your wig will cause the wig to shed.

What is the difference between synthetic hair and human hair?
Human hair is made with hair donated from a person. Synthetic hair is made from man-made fibers. Human hair wigs are more durable and more versatile than synthetic wigs. Our synthetic wigs are made from "futura" fiber, which is heat resistant and can be curled up to 180 degrees. Synthetic hair is very good for people who are beginner's and would like to try lace wigs for the first time.

ALL ABOUT LACE

What is French Lace?
French Lace is delicate, yet durable. If you are a first time lace wig wearer French Lace is recommended because it does not tear as easily.

What is Swiss Lace?
Swiss Lace is slightly thinner, yet very delicate. This type of lace rips easily. It is best to learn how to apply lace wigs prior to advancing to Swiss Lace.

What is Injection Silk Base Lace?
Injection Silk Base Lace is the newest innovation to lace wigs. The base is made from 2 swiss lace pieces (one on top and one on bottom). The hair is tied using reverse ventilation, which involves tying the hair from the bottom to the top so the knots are hidden in the bottom lace. This gives the appearance that the hair is growing directly from the scalp.

How do I dye the lace?
Love My Hair Boutique(TM) recommends that you only dye the lace that is visible (the front hairline and perimeter). Take a q-tip and dab it into Rit Fabric Dye, dab q-tip onto the wig cap base where you wish to change the color. We recommend you use a Rit Dye that is darker than your skin tone. You may also see a full video tutorial on how to dye the lace in our video's section.

How much lace do I cut?
Love My Hair Boutique(TM) recommends that you use a new pair of sharp scissors to trim the lace away. Make sure to leave 1/8" to 1/4" of bare lace. If you leave some of the lace uncut, if your lace begins to fray, your wig will not loose hair. The small strip of lace disappears when it is attached to your head.

How do I prevent lace from fraying?
Love My Hair Boutique(TM) recommends that you use Fray Check. Fray Check can be purchased online at Love My Hair Boutique(TM). Please see the instructions under the product information on how to use Fray Check.

What color lace should I choose?
Choose the lace color that closely matches your skin tone. It is always better for the lace to be too light than to be too dark. Please see our lace color chart for your available options.

APPLICATION & REMOVAL

Do I need a professional to apply my lace wig?
No. You do not need a professional to apply your lace wig. We include with every order application and removal instructions. Also, if you are still unsure about applying yourm lace wig, you can view a full instructional video on how to apply your lace wig in our video's section.

What do I do with my own hair?
If you have long hair, you may have your hair cornrow braided in a circle or straight to the back. If you have thin or short hair, you may wrap your hair or mold your hair straight back. The main goal is to achieve the flattest surface for the lace wig.

Do I have to shave my hairline back prior to application?
No. You do not have to shave your hairline, it completely depends on your preference. You can achieve a natural look without doing this.

How long can I keep my wig on?
The amount of time you will keep your wig on depends on your preference. Once you decide how long you would like to wear your wig, you will then choose an adhesive based on the hold time. For a hold of up to 6 weeks, we recommend Ultra Hold Adhesive. For a hold of up to 10 days, we recommend Davlyn (green label) adhesive. Please be sure to check the hold time for each adhesive listed under the product description to make sure the adhesive is right for you. You may view all our adhesives here.

How do I remove glue from my lace?
You may try to slide your lace wig on glass surface (such as a mirror), the glue will rub off on the mirror surface. You may also try using 91-99% alcohol and a cotton swab.

How do I remove glue from my skin?
You may use Pure Citrus remover or 91-99% alcohol and a cotton swab.

How do I measure my head?
Please refer to our Head Measurement Guide for detailed instructions on how to measure your head.

STYLING

How long will my wig last?
With proper care and maintenance, your lace wig can last many years. Virgin hair usually lasts much longer.

Can I part my wig anywhere?
Yes! If you choose a wig with the "freestyle" part option, you will be able to part the wig anywhere you choose, it's that simple. When you custom order a lace wig, you can also request your wig to be ventilated with a side part in it if you choose.

Can curly or wavy hair be flat ironed?
Yes! All of of units are 100% human hair so they can be flat ironed, however, we do not recommend that you flat iron very curly patterns such as Jerry Curl or Water Wave.

Can I style my wig?
YES! You can blow dry it, set it, hot curl it, etc. Remy Hair can be styled just like your natural hair.

Can I dye my wig?
Indian and Chinese Remy hair can be dyed a darker color than the original color. Virgin Remy hair can be dyed any color.

How do I maintain my lace wig?
The best way to maintain your wig and ensure a long life out of your wig, follow these basic steps:

  • Brush or comb gently using a wide tooth comb
  • Wash wig and apply Silicon Mix conditioner (please see how to video for washing instructions)
  • Let your wig air dry
  • Apply knot sealer
  • Apply fray check
  • Before going to bed, make sure your wig is protected with a bonnet or a scarf

How do I manage curly hair when it gets frizzy?
Curly units can be a bit of a challenge to maintain. The key is to not get frustrated and experiment with the products that work best for you and your unit. We recommend that after washing your curly unit, you spray a leave in conditioner and let the wig air dry. We also recommend using John Frieda Frizz Eaze, which can be purchased here.

Can I swim or exercise with my lace wig on?
Yes! You will need to purchase a waterproof adhesive. We do not recommend swimming or exercising within the first 24 hours after applying your wig.