How to Wear a Lace Front Wig Without Glue or Tape

Published By: Kennedy

Last Updated: August 10, 2022

Lace front wigs are lovely hairpieces but can be tricky to work with. This article will tell you the best ways to wear a lace front wig without glue or tape. 

Why do you glue a lace front wig?

Lace front wigs are usually glued in the front to make the wig blend in with the scalp more. When the lace is blended with the scalp, it makes the hairline look natural. Also, if glue is not used, the lace in the front may lift – causing the lace to be noticeable.  

Glue can be a mess sometimes for several reasons. Sometimes the glue flakes and is noticeable underneath the lace. Glue could also stick to clothes and hair when you are trying to put it on, which is not fun! It can damage the hairline, it’s hard to remove, and it can be downright uncomfortable. Wig tape is usually used as an alternative to glue – but it still has the potential to cause damage to your edges. 

How to wear a lace front wig without glue or tape

1. Wig Grip

A wig grip is like a headband that is worn under your wig to prevent it from slipping backward. It is a good product to use to help your wig lay flat against your head. 

It can also 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. For those that are bald, wig grips are one of the best options for securing a wig because they are comfortable, quick, and sturdy. 

Wig grips can be better than wig glue or tape because they don’t cause damage to the hair and they are less of a hassle to put on.

2. Gel

Maximum hold gel is a great way to replace glue. Although glue lasts longer than gel, gel is a good way to hold the lace down for a shorter period of time. Applying gel is the same as applying glue – applying to the scalp and blow drying it until it is tacky – then lay the lace on it and press down until it is secure. 

Using gel is a good alternative to glue because it is easier to remove. When your lace front is easier to remove, it lessens your chance of damage to your hairline. Gel lasts all day, but not for weeks like how glue does. 

3. Elastic Band

Elastic bands are bands that are attached to the inside of a wig to create tension in the back so that the lace lays 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 attach one yourself.

To attach an elastic band, both sides would have to be sewn to the back of the wig. Many wig companies charge extra for an elastic band – unless it is a glueless wig. Attaching an elastic band takes extra effort to attach – which may make some people disinterested – but it is not hard to install and is only a one-time process.  

Elastic bands also help secure wigs that are too big. Using an elastic band is better for your hairline and less time-consuming than glue or wig tape. 

4. Wig Cap

A wig cap is good for wigs that fit loosely on your head. Wig caps provide an extra layer under the wig and keep it more study. Some wigs – such as glueless wigs – don’t need a bunch of work done to it in the front – so wearing a wig cap underneath can be enough to make sure the wig is secure. 

5. Wig Combs

Wig combs or clips are placed inside the wig cap for securing the wig and helping it to lay flat. Wig combs are usually clipped into the natural hair or a wig cap, which holds the wig in place. Wig combs 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 combs should be used wisely because they can damage the hair if used too often. Wig combs 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. 

Similar to the elastic band, you could also attach wig combs yourself if the wig doesn’t come with them. 

How do you blend lace frontal with skin?

If the lace looks very obvious against the skin, you will need to tint it to make it look more natural. You can tint the lace easily by using your foundation and applying it to the lace with a makeup brush. The foundation can be in powder or liquid form. It is important to make sure the lace lays flat against the skin. If you are using a maximum hold gel, tie a scarf over the lace to hold it down for about 10-15 minutes. 

How can I make my wig look more natural?

Wigs look the most natural when the hairline looks realistic. Plucking the lace in the front is a good start to giving the hairline realistic gaps. You could also pluck where your part is in order to lessen the density in that area. Styling the baby hairs around the lace also helps a wig to look more natural because it both hides the lace and makes the hair look like it is coming out of your scalp. If the wig doesn’t have many baby hairs when you first buy it, you could always cut some hairs in the front to create them.[2]

The Final Word

Lace front wigs are very versatile and can be worn in a variety of different ways. Similarly, they can also be applied in different ways, so take the time to figure out which is best for you!


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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