November 11, 2016

Lace Front Fray

Lace front wigs are very popular. They give an invisible hairline and allow the hair to be brushed from the face if so desired. They have come a long way! Whilst there are still some lace front wigs that need trimming, most now come ready to wear without any adjustment to the lace needed. 

Before we talk about tackling a frayed lace front, lets mention trying to avoid the fray! Whilst it will happen eventually on any wig, looking after your wig can really prolong the life of the lace front. For instance, when washing the wig, do not rub at the lace as this will cause a break down of the material.  

However, we all scratch our heads and foreheads and wearing a wig, as we all know, can be a very itchy experience! Scratching and combing will of course add some wear and tear to your wig, but at the end of the day we all need to be comfortable and if we need a good head scratch then we have to do it! Some customers use glue to secure wigs too and this can also cause fraying.  It is best not to use glue and tape on this part. A lot of wigs have PV areas around the ears and nape to put tape or glue and to secure the wig more firmly.  We have found that most wig wearers do not use anything and the wigs stays on fine but obviously there are others who need that extra security. Wig caps can help in this situation. 

What happens then when the wig is getting older and the lace starts to fray?  It's probably time to renew your wig but in the meantime, you can get a bit more wear out of your existing one by tidying up the damaged front. We would only suggest this on an old wig!! If it all goes wrong you haven't lost anything! 

Firstly, expose the lace front by brushing the hair back from the lace front so that the hair is not in the way and will not be cut!  

The lace above is not damaged but you can see that we have moved the hair back leaving the lace easily accessible.

Using pinking shears, cut the frayed lace leaving a zig zag edge that cannot fray further. By doing this you may get a few extra weeks out of the wig. Be careful not to cut the hair too! 

Sometimes the lace can be a different colour to your forehead although usually it will blend in regardless!  You CAN put makeup on it to help camouflage the lace. Experiment on an old wig until you get the desired look you want! 


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