Lace front wigs have long been in rage thanks to their versatility. It’s super easy and comfortable to use. You can find numerous tutorials on how to install a lace front wig on the Internet. Yet, not all of them can tell you how to remove a lace front wig properly. We see the importance of removing your unit properly so as not to ruin it, so in this post, we will be sharing some tips on wig removal, both alcohol, and free-alcohol methods.
What will happen if you uninstall a lace front wig improperly?
The lace base of lace front wigs is thin, delicate, and does not come at a cheap price. Lace front wigs may be simple to handle, but if you are not careful, they can easily be destroyed during the installation, cleaning, conditioning, or removal procedure. To extend the longevity of your wig, you must carefully remove the human hair lace. You can avoid getting bald by correctly removing the wig and protecting your scalp, hairline, and borders from harm.
That’s why it’s important to remove your lace wig correctly so that you can wear it and take it off from time to time without damaging it.
How to remove a lace front wig with alcohol adhesive remover?
Products and tools for wig removal
- Washcloth or make-up applicator
- Q-tip or a small soft brush
- Lace wig remover liquid or alcohol-based adhesive remover liquid
- Human hair wig shampoo and conditioner
- Olive oil
- Clean towel
- Bobby pins/Hair clips
Steps to remove lace front wig with alcohol
Step 1: Prep your hair
If you are wearing a long wig, let’s pull the hair into a ponytail. By doing so, you can get a clear view to work and avoid staining the remover liquid on your wig. If your wig is a short one, use some pins to pin the hair down your head.
Step 2: Apply adhesive remover
- Damp your washcloth, Q-tip, or makeup brush with adhesive remover liquid, and then apply it to the lace around your hairline. Make sure to apply enough to completely saturate the area where the lace is glued.
- Wait for about 1-2 minutes until you see the lace seam visibly coming off at the edges
Please note that alcohol-based adhesives get dry quickly. Therefore, you should apply it to the lace seam as fast as you can.
Step 3: Peel off the lace
- Before you peel off the lace, make sure to check if the adhesive bond has been loosened by gently pulling up the front of your wig. If the lace is starting to lift up, it’s time to peel off the lace. If not, you will need to add more adhesive remover.
- Remove the lace seam from front to back
- Don’t try to pull the lace from your baby hair. Make sure you remove the lace gently enough so that your hair and wig won’t get damaged.
Step 4: Take off the lace front wig
When all of the lace has been taken off, unfasten your wig clips and wig strap (if necessary), then take the wig off your head. Avoid removing the wig in one swift movement since you may pull your hair out. Then, put your lace front wig on the wig stand.
Step 5: Take off your wig cap
If you use adhesive spray to hold the wig cap in place, spray some water on it, give it a little massage, and wait for about 15-30 seconds. Then, peel off your wig cap using your fingers.
Also, we advise you to replace your wig cap for each installation since it’s meant to be used once only.
Step 6: Clean the glue on your hair and skin
There can still be residual adhesive on your skin and hair after you take off your wig and wig cap. Below is how to remove it:
- Use soap and water to loosen the glue on your skin
- Use a damp washcloth to remove the residue
- Damp your Q-tip with alcohol or petroleum jelly and apply it directly to your edges to remove the residue
- Use your favorite shampoo to gently wash your edges. You can add some conditioner or deep conditioner if your edges seem dry.
Step 7: Clean the lace of your lace front wig
- Use a damp washcloth to wipe away extra glue from the lace or remove it with your fingertips. You don’t want to rip the lace, so proceed with extreme caution.
- Apply rubbing alcohol or wig adhesive remover into the areas with residue glue on the lace and wait for about 1-2 minutes
- Use a toothbrush or your fingertips to peel the remaining glue off
Step 8: Wash your wig
If you’ve used your lace front wig for a while, let’s give it a wash. Check out the blog post: How to wash a human hair wig to get the tutorial on washing your wig. And don’t forget to use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your wig before you wash it to avoid shedding.
Step 9: Store your wig properly
Storing your wig properly will keep its best look for the next use. There are three simple ways to store your wig:
- Wig stand/mannequin head: Put your wig on a mannequin head and keep it somewhere with open airflow. For this technique of storage, your wig does not need to be dry.
- Storage box: First, ensure sure your wig is completely dry and tangle-free before placing it in a storage box. Lay it flat in a shoebox, storage box, or any other box you have.
- Bag: A silk or satin bag is another ideal way for wig storage if your wig is prone to drying. The bag will shield the wig from the elements and keep its moisture. Before storing your wig, make sure it is detangled and fully dry.
How to remove lace front glue without alcohol?
If you have sensitive skin, alcohol-based glue remover is not an option for wig removal because it could irritate the skin around your forehead. So, how to remove a lace front wig without using alcohol? Below are the ways to go.
Oil-based glue remover
Oil-based glue remover is a common alternative to the alcohol-based solution. For safe use, it’s better to make a skin test before you apply it to your front head.
Cream and lotion
Both cream and lotion are great choices when it comes to removing lace front glue. You can use any cream or lotion you have. Add some emollient oil to increase effectiveness.
Allow it to sit in your lace front for 5 to 10 minutes or longer if necessary. You can massage your scalp until the lace is easy to remove.
Using Vaseline is the simplest, safest, and gentlest way to remove lace front adhesive without using alcohol. Simply take enough amount of Vaseline and cover your entire hairline where the front lace is with it.
Wait for 1-2 minutes and check to see if it is soft enough to be removed without using excessive force. Then, use a wet towel to wipe away the Vaseline residue.
Salt and baking soda
Using a mixture of salt, baking soda, and lukewarm water is an easy way to remove lace front glue. However, it’s a bit time-consuming.
After mixing the mixture, transfer it to a spray bottle. Spray it all over the lace and put on a shower cap. Wait for about 5-10 minutes and carefully remove the lace part of the wig. After that, use warm water to wash your natural hair.
This method is super simple to do since you can use any conditioner you have to remove a lace front wig. This is not only the least expensive choice, but you may also maintain the health of your natural hair.
When it comes to how to remove a lace front wig, you can use alcohol and non-alcohol methods. Your lace front wig does not come cheap, so treat it nice every time you wear and take it off.
Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on these wig removal methods and the products to use in the comment section below. Thanks!