How to Wear Lace Front Wigs

by Lynn Anders

Lace front wigs differ from standard "full lace" wigs in their construction. With a lace front wig, only the front section of the wig is made of lace, while the rest of the wig base is made of other materials. This allows you to pull the hair back without anyone noticing that you are wearing a wig, although it does take some practice to learn to apply and wear your lace front wig for the most natural look.

Items you will need

  • Skull cap
  • Hair pins
  • Alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Skin protector
  • Adhesive
Step 1

Braid your hair into small cornrows or flatten your hair and cover with a wig cap. Your real hair must be as flat and inconspicuous as possible. Also, use hair pins to secure any loose hair onto the top of your head and away from your face.

Step 2

Use a cotton ball soaked in alcohol to clean the skin around your entire hairline. Rub along your hairline from your forehead to the back of your head.

Step 3

Apply the skin protector using a cotton ball to the skin along your entire hairline. Just as you did with the alcohol, apply the skin protector to the skin closest to your hairline around your entire head. Let dry completely.

Step 4

Brush on the adhesive with the brush provided. Apply the adhesive to the skin along your entire hairline. Let this dry before putting on the lace front wig.

Step 5

Put your wig hair into a loose ponytail before applying the wig. This will keep the hair looking neat and avoid getting stray hairs in your adhesive.

Step 6

Roll back the front top edge of the wig as you fit it onto your head. Position the wig on your head but don't unroll the wig edges onto the adhesive until you have it positioned it the way you want it.

Step 7

Roll the lace front edge of the wig over your hairline and onto the adhesive on your skin once you have the wig in the proper position. Press the edges of the wig onto the adhesive, starting at the top of your head and then moving to the back of your head and behind the ears.

Step 8

Style the hair any way you choose. With a lace front wig, you can pull the hair up into a ponytail, braid or other up-do style.


  • If you use a wig cap, choose a color that is slightly lighter than your skin tone.
  • Use adhesive remover on a cotton ball to remove any misplaced adhesive.
  • Read the instructions that came with the wig. Most manufacturers provide specific instructions for applying your wig. These may vary slightly from the standard instructions.

About the Author

Lynn Anders has more than 15 years of professional experience working as a zookeeper, wildlife/environmental/conservation educator and in nonprofit pet rescue. Writing since 2007, her work has appeared on various websites, covering pet-related, environmental, financial and parenting topics. Anders has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and biology from California State University, Sacramento.