Achieving a natural appearance with lace wigs often requires careful cutting. In this guide, we will explore essential steps and techniques on how to cut a wig to make it look more natural.
How to Cut a Wig Step-by-stepsTools You Will Need
- Measuring tape
- Rat-tail comb
- Cuticle scissors or a sharp or brow razor(optional)
- Edge control or water
- Colored makeup pencil(for beginners to mark the position)
1. Prepare the wig
Place the wig on a wig stand or secure it onto a mannequin head. This will make it easier to see and access the lace.
Before cutting the lace, make sure your hairline is prepped properly. Use edge control or mousse to push back any stray hairs and create a clean line. This will help you see where you need to cut the lace for a perfect fit. Remember to ensure your wig is properly adjusted to fit your head comfortably. This will help the wig sit securely on your head and prevent it from peeking under the lace.
2. Determine the cut
Decide on the desired hairline shape and how much lace you want to cut off. Take into consideration your natural hairline and the style you want to achieve.
Tips: If you are a beginner, you can utilize white eyeliner or a colored make-up pencil to outline your hairline, starting from one ear and extending to the other. Simply draw a line on your skin following the contour of your natural hairline, ensuring to maintain approximately a quarter-inch gap between the traced line and your actual hairline.
3. Part the hair
Use a rat-tail comb or a pointed comb to part the hair around the hairline. Create an upside-down "U" shape that wraps around your ears and covers the forehead.
4. Cut the lace
Take a pair of sharp cuticle scissors or a new brow razor and start cutting the lace along the hairline. Cut in an up and down motion to create a jagged edge(zig-zag shape). Avoid making straight, clean cuts as it can look unnatural.
Tips: It may be easier to cut the lace in sections rather than trying to cut it all at once. Start by cutting the lace in the middle and around the hairline, following the shape you created with the parting. Then move to the sides and back, adjusting the lace and cutting as needed.
5. Check for symmetrical cuts
While cutting, make sure to check both sides of the wig in a mirror or by turning the wig stand to ensure the cuts are symmetrical and even.
6. Custom fit around the ears
If necessary, trim the excess lace around the ears to achieve a custom fit. Use a rat tail comb or a pointy comb to part your hair and create an upside-down "U" shape around your ear. Make sure you touch the tip of your ear when making the part. It's better to undershoot the cut and leave some room for error, as you can always trim more later.
7. Trim any excess lace
Once you're satisfied with the overall lace cut, check for any remaining excess lace on the wig. Trim off any extra lace that doesn't have hair attached to it, as it can be visible and affect the natural look.
Remember to take your time and be careful while cutting the lace. It's always better to cut less initially and make adjustments as needed. Practice makes perfect, so don't be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get it just right.
Convenient Choice for Beginners
If you do not have the confidence to cut the lace off, no problem. A pre-cut and pre-plucked HD lace wig is an advisable alternative. For customer convenience, OQ Hair launched the wear and go glueless wigs collection which featured pre-cut zigzag shape lace and plucked hairline while applying without adhesives to secure it in place. Even you can take it off every night to let your scalp rest. If you have any interests, read this article to take a look at the details: OQ Hair Wear Go Glueless Wig-Why You Must Try.
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Remember, practice makes perfect! Cutting off lace can be intimidating at first, but with time, you'll become more comfortable and confident in achieving a seamless lace cut.