Lace-front wigs are full wigs made from natural or synthetic hair, with a mesh base to give the wig a realistic appearance. The mesh is temporarily glued to the front of the hairline and tiny pieces of hair are brushed over to give a natural appearance of baby hairs. If applied properly, you are unable to see where the mesh starts and ends. The mesh also allows the wearer to have styles with parts and to wear the hair in a high ponytail.
Lace-front wigs are very common today among young women. However, they can be expensive to buy, typically costing between £122 and £230. Therefore, if you are able to make one yourself you can save a lot of money.
Gather your materials. You will need a head block, lace mesh, a ventilation needle, a pair of scissors, rubber bands, pins, an easy tab compound and strands of human or synthetic hair. Choose a hairstyle for your wig, as the style will determine how you position the strands of hair when it is time to ventilate the lace.
Put the lace base over your head and trace the outline of your hairline. Next, place the lace base on your head block using a rubber band to secure it. Add pins to the edges to keep them down.
Thread the needle with a strand of hair. Start the ventilation process from the nape of the neck. Thread the ventilation needle through a hole in the lace base, pull it through and tighten to knot the hair at the base.
Repeat this process, using all the holes along the edge of the hairline. Continue the ventilation process until the whole lace mesh is covered with hair, and be sure to make allowances if you want a part.
Administer the easy tab compound to the front of the wig. Take the lace base from the head block and smooth the compound along the base of the edges, 3/4-inch from the border of the outline. Leave the compound to dry.
Cut away the remainder of the lace mesh from the outline, place on your head and secure. Cut and style the wig as you desire.
Expand your wig-making skills and techniques by reading books on the subject. See the resources section below.
Things you need
- Head block
- Lace mesh
- Ventilation needle
- Rubber band
- Easy tab compound