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What is a Full Lace Wig Install

By: Ann Koch

Posted on August 26 2020

What is a Full Lace Wig Install

Full lace wigs are made using a very thin sheer lace. Individual hairs are ventilated or knotted onto the lace wig cap allowing the hairs to flow naturally just like real hair, making it one of the most natural wig types available today.

Compared to lace front wigs, full lace wigs are more time intensive to make and thus will be more expensive, however, full lace wigs are the absolute best if you want the most natural looking wig available.

How to Install a Full Lace Wig

Unlike traditional wigs full lace wig require some technical skill for the ultimate natural appearance. There are numerous ways to install a full lace wig. One of the most popular ways to install a full lace wig is with glue aka medical grade adhesive.


Step 1: Preparation

You will want to make sure that the area in which you are applying the glue is oil-free and clean. Washing your scalp with soap and water will do the trick just fine or apply alcohol to a cotton ball and gently wipe any oils or debris away that's on your skin.

For the best hold apply a scalp protector. This will act as a barrier between your skin and any glue you apply. Do not skip this step, I know it’s easy to slack a bit, but spluuurge. If you want a secure hold do not skimp out on the scalp protector.


Step 2: Trim Lace

Trim off all the excess lace on your full lace wig all the way to the hairline. Note: You can do this before or after you apply your wig. There are no rules here. Once you become an avid full lace wig user you will discover what works best for you.

full lace wig install cutting off excess lace

Use hair clips to pin the hair on your wig back and carefully using sharp scissors cut away all the lace to the hairline. Take your time, slow and steady. The last thing you want to do is cut too much off.

Step 3: Apply Adhesive

Apply a thin layer of adhesive with a brush or a flat popsicle type stick only in the areas where your will be attaching your wig. Use a cool setting on your blow dryer and set the adhesive until it’s dried clear or is tacky to the touch, but does not come off on your finger, about a few minutes or so. 

For extra hold apply 2 to 3 thin layers. Make sure to dry each layer before applying another layer of glue. 

Never apply the glue directly to the full lace wig and always remember to wait until the glue dries before attaching. Otherwise you will have a nightmare trying to get the glue out from the lace.


Step 4: Attach Your Full Lace Wig

On your wig locate the middle front area. Place the front of your wig to your forehead where you applied the glue and press firmly for a minute to make sure the wig attached properly. When you are attaching your lace wig with glue start by attaching the lace wig at the hairline in the front middle of the forehead first, then the sides, then the nape or back of the wig.

Gently press the edges of the wig down against the glued skin, working around the hairline until it is attached around the entire hairline.

full lace wig application


Step 5: Style Your Full Lace Wig

Pull the wig down and adjust as necessary. Flat ironing can help smooth down the top to mimic your hair. Style your lace wig as desired.

full lace wig install



Ann Koch ann koch
Ann is the founder of Living with androgenic alopecia for over 20 years after the birth of her children, she aspires to provide solutions and an invaluable guide to anyone suffering from hairloss.

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