Do You Have to Glue a Lace Front Wig?

Published By: Kennedy

Last Updated: August 11, 2022

Lace front wigs are known for their ability to create a natural-looking hairline, and many people use glue to achieve that outcome. However, many people are starting to want options other than glue, and this article will tell you what they are.

Do You Have To Glue A Lace Front Wig?

Glue can be a mess sometimes for several reasons. It can damage the hairline, it’s hard to remove, and it can be downright uncomfortable! Fortunately, you do not have to use glue for a lace front wig. A lace front wig is usually glued to make the hairline lay as flat as possible against the scalp. If glue is not used, the lace in the front may lift. 

You can wear a lace front wig without glue using several glueless methods. One popular method is by using an elastic band that creates tension in the back that makes the lace lay flat. Other methods that secure a wig without the use of glue are wig clips/combs, Got2B, and wig grips – all of which can be very natural hair friendly!

4 Glueless Wig Methods

1. Wig Grip 

A wig grip is similar to a headband that is worn under your wig to prevent it from slipping backward. A wig grip can protect your edges by limiting the amount of friction a wig can cause when it slides back and forth as a result of not being secure. A wig grip is especially helpful if your wig has stiff lace and you don’t want it rubbing against your hairline. 

Wig grips also hold your edges back so they are not loose and prone to getting caught in the wig. For those that are bald, wig grips are one of the best options for securing a wig because they are comfortable, quick, and sturdy. 

2. Clips/Combs 

Wig combs are placed inside the wig cap for securing the wig. Wig combs are usually clipped into the natural hair or a wig cap, which holds the wig in place. Wig clips are an easy way to secure a wig, and the clips in the front also lay the wig flatter which can be a replacement for glue. 

Wig clips should be used wisely because they can damage the hair if used too often. Wig clips are best when attached to a wig cap instead of the natural hair because the natural hair can become damaged by excessive pulling – especially if the wig hair is heavy.

3. Elastic Band 

Elastic bands create tension in the back that make the lace lay flat. Creating the tension makes the wig tighter and keeps it secure. Some wigs come with the elastic band already, but if not, you could easily apply it yourself.[1]

It would have to be sewn, which may make some people disinterested, but it is not hard to install. Elastic bands also help secure wigs that are too big. It is a quicker and easier method than using clips, which is great for those in a hurry. 

4. Got2B Gel/Hairspray 

 Many people think of Got2B gel or hairspray as glue, but it is actually not. Using these products can take the place of glue and are not as strong or hard to take off. All you need to do with either product is apply it to the forehead, let it dry a little, and apply the lace on top.[2]

Got2B is nice because even if it gets on the hair, it comes off easier with water and limits your chances of pulling the hair out. Got2B is definitely the safer option for your hairline, and it is an affordable option for everyday usage. Although it may take more time to use the products, they can definitely give you the natural look that glue gives while keeping your wig secure. 

Do Glueless Wigs Look Natural?

Glueless wigs are laid flat by alternative methods which enable the wig to still give a natural appearance. By using glueless methods you can still make the wig look just as natural as it does with glue. One way to make a glueless wig look even more natural is to focus on styling the baby hairs. The baby hairs are important for styling a glueless wig because they can hide any part of the lace that may be a little more visible.  

How Long Do Glueless Wigs Last?

Glueless wigs have the potential to last even longer than wigs used with glue because there is less chance of buildup occurring on the lace. Glueless wigs typically last between 6 months to over a year – depending on how well the hair is taken care of. Leaving the hair alone as much as possible will help it to last longer. Also, using fewer products on the wig will also help it to stay fresh and healthy. 

Will Eyelash Glue Work For Wigs?

Eyelash glue is not strong enough to substitute for a wig adhesive. Eyelash glue is made for lightweight eyelashes that are applied over the eyes, so it would not be very effective to hold a whole wig onto your forehead. However, eyelash glue could be useful for holding your edges in place if the gel is not getting the job done. 

What Are Good Glue Substitutes? 

Wig tape is an effective glue substitute because it is strong enough to hold a wig in place and easy to apply. It is also not as damaging as glue. Wig tape is especially beneficial for those who have a sensitive scalp and want to avoid irritation that comes from using glue. Using a maximum hold hair gel is also an option for short-term wear. When you let the gel dry, it acts as a great adhesive for the lace that is much easier to remove than glue. 

The Final Word

There are many alternative options for gluing a wig that will keep your wig looking natural and secure. These options promote a healthy hairline and create an easier hair routine overall. 


I have always had a love for writing and have been blogging for about 3 years now. I have a passion for teaching what I have learned over the years, especially about hair. I have had almost every hairstyle - typical of a cosmetologist’s daughter- including the big chop in 2015. With all the knowledge I have gained, I feel it is my duty to help others on their healthy hair journey. I believe education can be fun, and I strive to make it fun to learn about beautiful black hair.

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