While a lot of people have dealt with putting on human hair wigs and synthetic wigs, removing them isn’t as simple as one would think. This especially true with full lace and front wigs.  Here are some common mistakes observed and additional tips when dealing with full lace and front long or short human hair wigs

1. Don’t pull off the lace wig right out of your head

One of the many mistakes individuals commit when getting rid of a lace front dreadlock wig is by doing it quickly, forgetting the removal sprays and directly removing the piece. Since the lace wig is tightly held with special glue, the adhesive requires gentle removal from the skin as well as the wig to prevent destruction on both and to make sure the glue is eliminated for future application. Leaving the glue on the wig curbs adhesion on the next use and could destroy its seam.

2. Never use rough materials on application with an adhesive   remover

Another popular fault for many people is using rough materials with an adhesive remover such as paper towels or soft wool. Such materials can destroy the vulnerable lace edging on the frontal wig as well as irritating the skin as a result of constant rubbing.

3. Remove your lace front or full lace wig in a safe manner

Too many have faced problems when removing a full lace and front wigs. This is especially true for first time users.

For this, you’ll be required to prepare an adhesive remove, soap, water, q-tipped buds/small soft brush, a wig stand, a mirror, and large hair clips.

Step 1

Being clipping the full lace hair or lace front from the face and secure them properly at the crown. This should give you a clear look at the seam and make sure the adhesive remover doesn’t touch any hair.

Step 2

Start applying the adhesive remover. At present, there are kinds of adhesive removers in the market: one is alcohol based and the other is oil based.

The advantage of using an alcohol based adhesive remover is that they act quickly and they never leave any residue.  They’ll need to be applied through the use of a q-tip bud or a small soft brush since they can’t be brushed directly to your face. Alcohol products tend to evaporate swiftly. But this can be a problem for people with sensitive skin since rubbing the alcohol to remove the adhesive can affect the skin leading to irritation.

You’ll be required to dip the cotton bud with the adhesive remove rand then applying it to the lace seam situated on the edges. Leave them for several minutes until you see the seams peel off from the face. When it happens, add in more adhesive remover on the seam undersides.  Do this carefully to cover all edges.

An example of an alcohol-based remover is the Adhesive Remover Spray from 3M. It is a combined citrus and alcohol-based product that removes adhesive build-up quickly.

adhesive spray

If you happen to have sensitive skin, an oil based adhesive remover is ideal since they’re gentle on the skin and can be utilized to eliminate adhesive from both the skin and wig. Oil adhesives can also be left on the skin or wig to soak and remove hard-to-remove adhesives. Compared to alcohol based adhesive removers, they don’t evaporate easily. They come in the form of sprays so all you need to do is spray along the lace seam.

When the adhesive is removed completely, the oil based remover should be washed off from the skin by soap and water while the wig requires the use of shampoo and water. The residue prevents the sticking of the wig for future use.

An example of an oli-based adhesive remover is the C-22 Adhesive RemoverDrip Top from the Walker Tape Company. It easily removes tape-in extensions as well as wigs and toupees.



Step 3

When the adhesive remover does its magic in removing the lace seam from the face, begin working from one side to the next.

Step 4

When the lace seams are totally removed from the face, raise the wig from the head and place it on the wig stand for maintenance purposes and to help retain its natural shape.

Step 5

Clean your face thoroughly to get rid of traces of both the adhesive and the remover.

In terms of hair coloring, it’s a recommended to test your skin for sensitivity to the adhesive and remover prior to applying them. You can approach this by applying a tiny amount on the inside of one of your wrists, and covering a plastic film for a couple days. If there’s an allergic reaction, remove the adhesive/remover quickly and see your doctor.

A useful tip for getting rid of glue traces from any human hair wigs or full lace wigs is to see through it using a mirror. If there’s still an adhesive observed on the wig, you can use the mirror to rub it off along the internal seam where the adhesive is at. It should come off easily.