If you aren’t a big fan of using glue to attach your wigs, then you’re probably wondering if lace front wigs are glueless! To help, I’ve done some research into whether lace front wigs can be glueless or now, and here is what I found.
Not all lace front wigs are glueless, but they certainly can be. Glueless lace front wigs are characterized by adjustable straps in the back and a ribbon at the front which runs along the perimeter of the hairline. They are convenient and easy to remove, as they do not require any adhesive and won’t damage your natural hair.
Keep reading to find out more about the key features of glueless lace front wigs, as well as some of the distinctive differences between these wigs and wigs that do require adhesive, so that you can make an easier decision!
What Are The Key Features of Glueless Lace Front Wigs
Glue-less lace front wigs haven’t been manufactured much differently to the normal lace front wigs. The only difference is that these types of lace front wigs have been manufactured to accommodate other methods of securing the wig. Let’s take a look at a few methods used to secure a glue-less lace front wig:
01. Wig Combs
It is almost a given that glueless lace front wigs come fitted with wig combs within the wig base. These are miniature combs that are sewn into the wig during the manufacturing process, before purchase. They are usually sewn around the inner circumference of the wig and are meant to be inserted into the natural hair of the wig wearer when fitting their glue-less wig.
02. Adjustable Straps
Another method used to secure glue-less wigs is an elasticated, adjustable wig strap. This is often sewn within the inside of the wig base before purchase and aids in securing the wig. Some glue-less lace front wigs even come fitted with more than one strap to ensure wig security for the wearer. These straps are made adjustable so the wearer can adjust them to suit their needs.
03. Wig Tape
Although it is a glueless wig, it does not mean that no adhesives are used at all to secure this type of lace front wig. Wig tape is a great solution to secure the frontal lace of glue-less lace front wigs and is used by many of these wig wearers. This is purchased separately to your wig and can come in pre-cut pieces or in an uncut roll. The great thing about wig tape is that it is less aggressive than wig glue but equally efficient.
04. Wig Grip
Another method used to secure glue-less wigs is wig grips. These are velcro covered bands that you wrap around your head before fitting your wig. This band efficiently secures itself to your head and your glueless wig to your head at the same time. It also skips the hassle of using an alternative adhesive!
Normal Lace Front Wigs Vs. Glueless Lace Front Wigs: Key Differences
If you are still on the fence as to which lace front wig is best for you, take a look at the table below for some of the key differentiating features between the two types of wigs!
|Normal Lace Front Wigs||Vs.||Glueless Lace Front Wigs|
|Edges/Baby Hair around the front of the wig||Edges/Baby Hair around Circumference of the wig|
|Natural edges/baby hairs could be prone to damage||Natural Hairline is protected.|
|Easy to install once you get the hang of it.||Easy to install|
|Time-consuming to install||Quick to install|
|The glue has to be frequently cleaned||Easy to maintain|
|Have to pay special attention to the health of your natural hair and scalp||Overall healthy natural hair and scalp|
|Ability to wear your lace front for long periods at a time||Comes with adjustable straps and combs|
|Can result in reactions caused by the glue||Avoids allergic reactions from glue|
|Allows versatility in styling|
01. Pre-cut Edges
The difference between the normal lace front wig and the glueless lace front wig when it comes to pre-cut edges is positioning. Glue-less lace front wigs tend to come with pre-cut edges around the circumference of the wig whereas the normal lace front wig has edges only along the front of the wig.
02. Natural Hairline
Using glue as an adhesive can be quite dangerous for your natural hairline. Many people tend to forget that a normal lace front wig should not be glued directly on top of your natural hairline. Doing this can result in breakage and a receding hairline.
The glueless lace front wig avoids this risk because of the absence of glue. However, if a user decides to use wig tape to secure their glue-less wig, they should still take precautions and avoid placing the tape directly on their natural hairline.
03. Natural Edges/ Baby Hairs
Just like the natural hairline that we discussed previously, natural edges/baby hairs are also prone to damage with the incorrect use of glue with normal lace front wigs. This worry is eased a little with glue-less lace front wigs.
04. Ease With Installation
When it comes to the normal lace front wig, it might be a little difficult to install on your own at first. It can be quite complicated when you are new to using wig glue and managing your lace, as well as blending. However, like most things, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
The glue-less lace front wig tends to be much easier in this area. The absence of glue tends to make fitting this lace front wig a breeze.
05. Time Needed For Installation
The normal lace front wig can be quite time consuming to install because of the glue and the process of fitting and securing this lace front wig. The glue-less counterpart tends to be less time consuming because it is already fitted with combs and straps for securing the wig.
A normal lace front wig might require a little more maintenance due to the need to remove glue residue from the wig whenever you remove your wig. The glue-less lace front-wig doesn’t require this unless you have used wig tape that might also leave residue.
07. Health Of Your Natural Hair
Normal lace front wigs are often worn for two weeks or more at a time. This is great for those wig wearers who don’t want to have to fit a wig every single day and want consistency in their wig style.
However, this isn’t the best for your natural hair because it is often left dry and neglected. Also, having a wig on for so long reduces the oxygen that your natural hair and scalp get which is dangerous for the overall health.
The glueless lace front wig has to be removed daily which means that your natural hair can be washed and moisturized often and get enough breathing time while you sleep.
08. Adjustable Straps & Combs
Not all wigs come fitted with adjustable straps and combs already fitted within the wig cap. Normal lace front wigs have these occasionally while glueless lace front wigs always have these fitted.
09. Length Of Time That The Wig Is Worn
As we have previously mentioned, the normal lace front wig can be worn for longer periods of time. This time can even increase with the use of waterproof glue. However, although the glueless lace front wig has to be removed daily, it allows you the option to change your wigs and overall look more often.
10. Allergic Reactions
Do you know how most products state that you should do a spot test first? This is because you can develop a reaction after using it if it doesn’t agree with your skin. Normal lace front wigs, unfortunately, come with this possibility, however, glue-less lace front wigs avoid this completely.
Want to learn more about glueless lace front wigs and how to install them like a pro? Check out our article here!
Hopefully this article has helped clear up some of the key differences between normal lace front wigs and glueless lace front wigs! Each type has its own set of benefits and drawbacks, so it is up to you to decide which will better suit your lifestyle.