Attaching a Wig
Attaching a Wig
Q: How are wigs and toppers attached to the head?

A: Wigs and toppers can be attached in many different ways. Five of the most popular methods available today are:

Long Term Adhesives
Short Term Adhesives
Tapes
Clips and Combs
Clamping or Intergration


Long Term Adhesives

Many hair systems suggest using long-term adhesives to attach custom laces front wigs to the skin so that they can be worn up to four weeks without removal.  This is very convenient if you live next door to a salon that carries this service, but we believe skin (especially the skin of women undergoing chemotherapy or dealing with alopecia) should be given every chance to be breath and be healthy. This method had changed the lives of many women and some belive it is the greatest way to wear a topper but, we have done our research on this process and the removers used every month can be harmful to your body and therefore we feel they are dangerous to your bloodstream and will prevent any possible health at the hair folicle.

The Art of Wigs strongly suggests applying and removing your wig each day with adhesive glues or tapes that are natural adhesives strong enough to hold your wig in place all day.

Short Term Adhesives


Skin should always be cleaned with alcohol to remove oils that may prevent sticking before attaching a lace front wig with adhesive glue or tape. A thin layer of Spirit Gum adhesive glue is applied sparingly to the skin with an application brush, using dabbing motions. Once Spirit Gum becomes slightly tacky, lace is placed onto the skin and tapped with the velour powder puff until it feels secure. Spirit Gum can be removed from the skin with alcohol or a gentle Spirit Gum remover.

Tape

This form of adhesion is simple and easy but is not recommended on your hairline lace. Due to nature of this tape, it is strong enough to tear and rip your delicate lacefront wigs. Tapes can looky shiney and obvious when used on the lace fronts of wigs or too close to the edge. Tapes are only used on the interior of your wig to secure it to the head if there is little or no hair on the head. Sometimes some carefully placed tape near the front hairline of a lace front wig can secure it enough to avoid using an adhesive. Especially if your hairline is not exposed or you have a nice bang or fringe in your hairstyle. Tape can be removed gently with rubbing alcohol or baby oil.

Clips and Combs

Clips and combs come in all shapes and sizes. The most popular clip is a spring clip. Clips can be placed and sewn anywhere you need on the interior of a wig or topper. We recommend sewn more than enough clips into a wig so that you can rotate security on hair or scalp areas that may be sensitive that day. One clip at the center front of the wig away from your hairline, Two more clips at the nape to prevent rising at the back, and two more at the temples, is the standard clip placement.

Clamping and Integration

This form of wig attachment is used to attach a without using as much adhesive on the skin as bonding. In some cases, no adhesive is required and the hairpiece is placed on the area and then small pieces of the surrounding hair is pulled through holes around the perimiter of the wig. Once the hair is through the hole, the hair strands are locked down with either glue or a metal clamps similar to the ones used with attatching an hair extension. This prevents the hair from slipping back through the hole and therefor attaches the wig to the head for about 4 weeks. As growth happens the clamps must be removed and reclamped to resecure the hairpiece to the head. This is time consuming and expensive and we hear the first weeks are great but the piece wiggles after that as the hair grows. We are also not thrilled with the tension and pressure that a clamp can place on a hair that is damaged or in trouble. Extensions are not the greatest Idea for a hair that is compromised in any way and can cause hair breakage and traction alopecia.