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How To Remove Lace Tape Residue Without Destroying Your Lace

Posted on December 9, 2016 No comments
Dirty Hairline Can Be Fixed

First time wig wearers and those who have been wearing them for a long time will be faced with an annoyingly common dilemma: tape and glue residue on the lace system and hairline. It tends to be a reoccurring problem, with it quickly being an issue if not removed properly since the residue will accumulate.

There are even instances of people completely destroying their system when trying to remove residue from the lace. Here's how to remove any tape residue from your lace wig without compromising the delicate lace.

Release Tape From Lace With Acetone

If you used wig tape to secure the wig on your head, then you can easily remove your system by grabbing one edge of the tape from one temple and slowly peeling off the the wig tape (with the wig attached to it) from your head. When done correctly, you will find that the wig tape will be stuck on the underside of the lace system.

Dab the end of a Q-tip into acetone and run it along the edges of the tape. As you pull the tape from the lace system, keep rubbing the exposed tape with the soaked Q-tip. You will find that the tape will remove with very little resistance. It will not only preserve the integrity of your lace system, but it will also prevent the tape from pulling hair from the underside of your system.

Mirror Slide To Remove Bits of Tape and Glue Residue

Let the system dry. If you notice that there are remnants of tape or glue residue, then it is time to complete the famous mirror slide. The mirror slide is simply sliding the glue residue along a mirror. The mirror will grab onto the tape or glue, leaving your lace clean. Don't worry, cleaning the residue off the mirror is easy and straightforward.

Press the offending area against a mirror and use pressure to slide it across the mirror. It is best that you have a long mirror to complete long slides to remove any glue remnants in one stroke.

Auto Glym Tar Remover Soak

For stubborn residue, a soak in tar remover will obliterate any remnants of anything on the lace system. Don't worry about it warping your lace system, after washing it off the system, it will be left unscathed.

Pour Auto Glym Tar Remover into a small plastic or glass basin, enough to cover your lace. Place the system in the tar remover for about 10 minutes. You will find that any small remnants of glue would have simply dissolved. If you still find remnants of the system, then repeat another soak for 15 minutes. Once it's gone, use a concentrated dishwashing soap to remove the tar remover from the system. Dawn Dishwashing soap is highly recommended for its ability to break down greases and oils. Wash then condition as usual.

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How To Prevent Orange Knots On Lace Wig

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Bleaching the knots on your lace wig will camouflage the unsightly knots to a lighter color so that it could blend seamlessly onto your skin. I find that even when I exclusively ask hair vendors for bleached knots on my lace wig system, they tend to forgo it.

Here's how you can have perfectly bleached knots at  home.

Orange Knots On Wig Cap

And even when I carefully follow the many different tutorials online to bleach the knots on the unit, I come out with orange knots. Orange knots may fit certain skin colors with certain undertones, but it is very unsightly on most. Here's how you can bleach your knots without having orange, obvious knots.

First, test a piece of hair. Most people cut their lace wig in some way before wearing them. Make sure that you save a couple of these hair clippings to do a bleach test. After mixing in your powder bleach and cream developer, apply some of it on to the piece of hair. For dark hair (1B to a color 3) allow it to sit for about 45 minutes, heating up the piece of hair with a blow dryer. Rinse the hair, let it air-dry, and observe it. The hair should be somewhat bleached – if it is slightly too dark for your scalp color, then increase processing time by 15 minutes. For example, once you apply the bleach on the underside of the lace wig or men's toupee, instead of allowing it to sit on the hair for 45 minutes, you will now apply it for an hour. If you find that the hair is a stark white, then it is over bleached. Over bleached hair knots will cause premature shedding over time. Reduce processing time for about 15 minutes.

Use a RIT dye remover. Many novice lace wig wearers don't realize that much of the "color" on their lace wigs are a type of fabric dye. This makes it particularly difficult to lighten up to knots. Use a RIT dye remover on the knots to release some of the pigment. When you use a RIT dye remover, you will find that the water is slightly discolored. This is the dye that was on the knots.

After completing the RIT dye and allowing your system to air dry, you can go ahead and start the actual bleaching process. You will find that your once stubborn knots will now bleach seamlessly.

Red Gold Corrector Plus. The Red Gold Corrector Plus is a liquid formula that you add on to your bleach formulation to help eliminate brassy hair color. For the purpose of bleaching knots, you only need to add 3 to 5 droplets of the Red Gold Corrector Plus to have natural, seamless knots.

Disclaimer: As you can see, I have two links to Amazon products - I get a small percentage if you decide to purchase the Rit Dye Remover and the Red Gold Corrector through these links. If you enjoy my blog posts and want to empower me to bring forth the in latest men's toupee, women's lace wigs, and hair replacement technologies, then please do not hesitate to use my links. It will be greatly appreciated!

How To Wear A Full Cap Wig

Posted on June 28, 2016 No comments
For many women – and men – who are interested in upgrading from a lace front to a full cap wig, they may be confused as to how they can go about taking care of a full cap wig, with some wondering if they are just as durable as a lace front wig.

The short answer is that a full cap wig can last just as long as a lace front wig with the proper care.

I've find that many manufacturers are saying that super fine swiss on a full cap will not only. I've had full cap units made with finer lace, and they've lasted for up to 2 years, before I had to ventilate more hair onto the system.

How To Wear A Full Cap Wig

It all starts with how you cut the lace. There is still the argument of using pinking shears versus scissors when cutting the excess lace on a lace wig. I've already mentioned how I have a certain bias against pinking shears, and how they are overrated.

You should only use pinking shears when cutting lace that has a denier count of 35 and above. This type of lace will most likely be similar to French lace, especially when compared to authentic Swiss lace, which will have a denier count less than 35. The reason why you shouldn't use pinking shears on Swiss lace is that the lace is so fine, that the jagged edges will eventually buckle into itself. Speaking from personal experience, pinking shears on a Swiss lace unit will actually not give a more natural effect, and will encourage unraveling of the fine threads.
Top: How swiss lace will look after using pinking shears
Bottom: How swiss lace will look like after a few days

Note: when I talk about Swiss lace, I'm speaking about "Hollywood", authentic Swiss lace - not the type of hard Swiss lace that many vendors are peddling as  Swiss lace.

How To Wear a Full Cap Wig: Wig Tapes and Wig Adhesives

Choosing a wig glue or a wig tape is up to personal preference and body chemistry. Wig tapes tend to be easy to use. However, they are sometimes visible around the hairline area, with this not being an issue with glue adhesives since the lace will "sink" into the liquid glue.

One of my favorite techniques is using a glue and tape combo. I use lace tape around the whole perimeter of the unit. Then I will use a small amount of lace wig glue right at the edge of the tape in the front hairline, extending the glue about a millimeter or two in front of the tape so that it goes onto my skin. Once I let the glue dry, I place the wig on my head, aligning it with the tape and the glue. After pressing the edge of the lace with the help of a comb, I use a satin scarf to secure the wig on my head for a couple of hours. The edge of the lace will then be invisible.

The Benefits of a Full Cap Wig

  • More undetectable when compared to a lace front wig. Lace front wigs can definitely look natural, but they aren't natural to the touch. A lace front wig has wefts on  it, and sometimes adjustable combs. This adds bulk, and it's detectable by touch. If you're going to wear a wig full-time, then a full cap wig is recommended.
  • Braids. A lace front wig will only give you a couple of inches of parting space, while a full cap wig will be made out of lace from front to back. If you are feeling adventurous, you can always braid your full cap wig. You cannot do this with the 2 to 3 inches of lace on a lace front unit.

With general maintenance, a full cap wig can last for several years. Even my units that I made with very fine "Hollywood" Swiss lace has lasted for years, with me changing to a different unit because of boredom and not out of necessity.

Number One Tip  When It Comes To a Full Cap Wig

Learn how to ventilate. This is the best tip when it comes to not only maintaining your full lace wig for several years, but it is also beneficial when it comes to lace front wigs. Lace wigs will naturally shed over the years, regardless if you gently bleached the knots on your units or blasted it with an hour of bleaching. If you notice that your systems seem a bit thin, then you can easily spend a couple days ventilating hair onto a full cap system.

Not only do I ventilate hair when it starts to shed, but I also like to add a couple grams of lighter hair during the summer months. This adds dimension to the system, making it look a bit more natural.
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