New wigs usually have a strip of bare lace which wearers can trim away. The strip of lace is an added protection as when the lace starts to fray, the hair in the hairline area will not shed. One can trim the excess strips but it is important to leave a little bit to hold the material together. To make sure that the hairpiece complements your face shape, tie your natural hair in a beehive circle or do a flat braid so that the wig will be as close to the scalp as possible.
Once you purchase your hairpiece, it is necessary to start with clean hair. Dirt or oil from the hair can damage your wig and as such, it is important to start with a clean hair and scalp. Since most adhesives do not work well with oil, use a medical grade alcohol to clean the area where the adhesive will be applied.
Once the area in the hairline is cleaned, position the wig about half an inch away from your actual hairline. This would make sure that the piece will stay in place as well as prevent the adhesive from sticking to your natural hair. Use only adhesives that are specifically made for this as some adhesives contain chemicals that will result to skin irritation. You can use bobby pins to keep your natural hair from accidentally sticking out.
As lace wigs are delicate, it is important to clean the wig regularly. Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically made for wigs instead of your regular shampoo. These hair products have added ingredients that prolong the life of your hairpiece. Wash the hairpiece in a lukewarm water, dipping it in and out to ensure that the residue is remove.
Squeeze all the water out before applying conditioner to the wig. Use a sealer to prevent and minimize shedding. To detangle the hairpiece, use a solution of ¼ cup bleach to 1 gallon of hot water. Use a wide comb to detangle the hair. After soaking, shampoo and deep condition the hairpiece to bring back its shine.