Lace front wigs have become popular in the market for its “natural look” making the hair look more realistic compared to other wigs available.
These wigs can be handy whenever you’re attending a costume or theme eventFurthermore, you can even sport a new look without changing your original hair entirelyThis also helps those with hair problems.
However, lace front wigs are expensive. It has an outstanding quality compared to other wigs. But, worry no more. You can DIY your very own lace front wig by following the steps below.
Making a Lace Front Wig (DIY Project)
Step 1: Gather all your materials and tools
For this project, you will need the following below:
- 4 bundles of hair that have a frontal (depending on the style you’re aiming for, the more hair it needs the more bundles you should use)
- Lace (same color as your skin tone)
- Wig head stand
- Mesh dome style wig cap
- Tape measure
Step 2: Make some measurements
- To ensure that the wig will fit nicely on your head, it’s crucial to get the right measurements first. You can wet your hair with water or oil-based hair products to ensure that the measurements will be accurate. Bulky or thick hairs can change or affect the measurements especially if not wet.
- Have the tape set in front of your middle forehead and have it run around the back until it meets the starting point. Note the measurements.
- Then, take some measurements onto the sides of the head. Start at the front of the right ear and have it go around your head until it reaches the other left ear. Note the measurements.
Step 3: Draw patterns on the mesh dome wig cap
- Wear the mesh dome wig cap onto your head and make some patterns on your front hairline and where you part your hair either onto the side or center part of the head.
- Have it clearly marked with a pencil. Draw some clear pencil marks and be sure it won’t be erased for later use.
- Double check your pattern if that’s how you want it to be when you attach the hairs later.
- Then, transfer the dome wig cap onto the wig head stand. Try to observe the dome mesh wig cap on the stand and see the pattern if it’s accurate. If you’re content with how it looks, proceed to the next step.
- Secure the wig cap on the head stand by attaching it with t-pins. Start from the hairlines, then down to the sides.
- Check if it’s secured enough so you can work better with it when attaching the other materials.
Step 4: Attach the lace
- You’ll need to cut the lace based on the measurements from your pattern. Make sure you give enough space instead of following the exact measurements.
- Then, have the wig installed on the wig stand. Use the t-pins to secure the lace onto the wig stand and wig cap. Walk your hair starting on the front hairline, then to the back, until you meet the other end of the hairline on the front.
- Have it installed tightly without any creases or ruffles. Check all the pins if it’s tight enough and the lace is secured on the wig stand.
Step 5: Sewing the hair bundles onto the lace
- Take your needle, make sure you use the bigger ones that can fit hair strands. Have the needle hook onto the lace while your other hand is holding some of the hair strands. Have the hair looped and hook it into the needle.
- Then, have the needle hook directly to the lace and take a few strands of hair to hook with it. Make sure you have enough hair strands hooked into the needle. Do not overpopulate your needle with hair strands so you won’t struggle while sewing it to the lace.
- Thread it to the lace nicely while holding the hair securely at the same time.
- Thread all the hair strands starting from the front hairline and work your way towards the back.
- You’ll need to pull the hair strands by hooking the needle onto the hair by creating a loop. This should be pulled tightly to make a secure knot. Do the same step for the rest of the hair strands on the front hairline lace.
- Ensure that all the hair strands are attached to the lace and wig cap securely.
Step 6: Test the Wig
- Take out the wig cap from the wig stand and have it fit onto your head. Test if it fits you perfectly and check if there’s adjustments that need to be done.
- If you’re content with how it looks on your face, just cut the rest of the excess lace on your front hairline. Leave a bit of lace where you can easily hold when wearing the wig on your head.
There you have it! You’ve just got yourself your very own DIY lace front wig.
Also, here are some other tips that you should consider when starting this project:
- Be prepared to make some mistakes and adjustments if it’s your first time.
- Always have your original hairs tied back neatly. You can have it either in a bun or braid it so when you fit the wig, it fits perfectly.
- Always protect your scalp when using the wig and adhesives. Use a scalp moisturizer and clean your face before and after.
- Safe keep your wig on a wig stand to preserve the quality of the hair strands.