Lace front wigs have increased in popularity over recent years. Celebrities have helped spread the popularity of lace front wigs, given that paparazzi always snap pictures of them sporting these wigs. Lace front wigs are very expensive, but give you versatility with hairstyles. Lace front wig hair can be styled using flat and curling irons with the benefit of not damaging any of your own hair. The hair on lace front wigs can also be color treated to match whatever shade of hair color you desire.
1. Measure the dimensions of your head from all angles. Measure the circumference of your head from the hairline to the nape of the neck and across the crown of your head from ear to ear.
2. Wrap your hair tightly with plastic cling wrap to create a plastic hair cap. Draw a dotted black line all around your natural hairline on the plastic hair cap.
3. Stick strapping tape all over the hair cap. Create a mold of your scalp by using several layers of strapping tape. Strapping tape is stronger than regular tape and the filaments in the tape will help hold the shape of your head better.
4. Lift the mold gently off your head and place it on a wig block. Trace the outline of your hairline onto the wig block, following the lines of your mold. Place a piece of wig lace over the wig block and cut the lace to fit the shape of your outline. Leave an extra 2 inches of lace at the front of the hairline. This will be trimmed during the final wig fitting. Pin the edges of the lace to the wig block.
5. Take the real or synthetic hair out of its packaging. Lay the hair in between the teeth of the hackle, a large barbed comb and quickly pull the hair through the teeth. The hackle will fine comb the hair to blend and straighten it.
6. Place the hair in between two drawing mats. The drawing mats hold the hair in place and allow you to easily draw hair out as you sew the hair onto the lace wig cap.
7. Pull a small section of hair, no more than 1/4 inch wide, out from the drawing mats and fold over in half. Ventilate the hair through the lace cap by taking the needle through the lace and pulling a few strands of hair from your separated section back through the lace cap and securing them onto the cap with a knot. The knot is tied by folding over the root end of the hair so it makes a loop and passing the body of the hair through it.
8. Sew the hair beginning at the bottom of the lace cap, in the area that would fit over the nape of the neck. Sew the hair across the cap, from side to side. Fill each hole in the lace cap by individually sewing the strands of hair into them. Filling each hole in the lace cap will give your wig a more natural look.
9. Continue sewing the hair onto the lace cape until you arrive at the front of the hairline. Sew the hair at the front of the hairline one strand of hair at a time for a more natural look. Cut away the extra lace at the front of the hairline to follow the exact lines of the natural hairline at the final fitting. Use bobby pins or a lace wig adhesive to secure the wig in place and style as desired.