How To Cut a Lace Front Wig

Published By: Dasia

Last Updated: June 20, 2022

A lace front is a hairpiece that allows you to achieve an extremely natural look. This is all due to the fact that the lace can blend into your skin and appear like the strands are growing directly from your head.

Prior to wearing a lace front, a little bit of work needs to be done. This article will discuss how to cut a lace front wig and other areas associated with this task. Let’s take a look.

How to Cut a Lace Front Wig

Cutting a lace front is work but after the first time, you don’t have to deal with it again. It’s generally best if you cut the lace after it’s on your head so you know exactly how much lace to trim. If you don’t have the wig molded to a head, you run the chance of cutting off too much lace.

After you have the wig on, it’s important to clip away the front pieces of hair. Once you have the lace exposed, it’s time to start cutting. 

Going in with scissors first is ideal as it helps to remove the bulk of the lace. Start with cutting about an inch of lace off. After most of the lace is removed, you can go in with a razor.

A razor will create a seamless blend. It’s important that you preserve the hairline and don’t cut off any of the strands of hair. Once the lace is cut, all you need to do is lay it down!

Products Needed

  • Clips – Clipping the hair away from the lace will help you to preserve the hair. It ensures that you won’t accidentally cut a strand of hair when trimming the lace.
  • Scissor – Scissors are generally used to cut off the bulk of the lace. Smaller scissors are a great option to get a precise cut.
  • Razor – Razors aren’t as controlled as scissors but provide a great blend. It’s ideal to go in with them after you’ve taken the bulk of the lace off with scissors.

How much lace do you cut off a lace front wig?

You should cut off no more than 2 inches of lace from a lace front wig. You want to cut right before the hairline starts to ensure you don’t affect the placement of hair strands. Generally, cutting off about an inch of lace is ideal. Remember to start with less and continue to trim if too much lace is still present. You can always take more off but you can’t add back what you trimmed off.

What can I use to cut a lace front wig?

Scissors or some sort of razor are ideal for cutting a lace front wig. Scissors allow you to be a bit more precise when cutting lace but razors provide a seamless blend. It’s important that whatever instrument you use is sharp enough to make a flawless cut, free from any tugging or pulling.

What happens if you cut too much lace off a wig?

If you happen to cut off too much lace from a wig, it is possible to still wear it but more styling will be required on your part. You will want to utilize a wig cap to help with further blending. You will also want to pluck the hairline as you may have cut off the diffused area. All of these steps will allow you to achieve a better-blended hairline. 

The Bottomline

Don’t get too “scissors–happy” and cut everything in one go. It’s best to start by cutting off less as opposed to more. Use the right tools and you’re sure to be happy with the results.


A lover of all things beauty related whose been in the industry for about 5 years. While I'd love to say I'm a self-taught prodigy, I'm actually a licensed cosmetologist who has spent countless hours studying hair. I quickly learned sharing valuable information with like-minded individuals allows everyone to make the right choices when dealing with their hair. As a curly girl myself I love to experiment with different styles on a regular basis. While I do have a busy schedule between work, freelancing, and school; I always seem to find time for my hair.

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