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Lace Wig Terminology

posted by sassyhair 12:01 PM
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 

Yaki – This a popular lace wig texture among African American/black because it closely resembles African American Hair texture that has been relaxed. Depending on where you purchase your lace, the textures may vary from company to company.

Light Yaki – African American /Black Hair texture that has been finely relaxed. This texture is finer and less course than a regular Yaki

Kinky Straight- African American Hair that has been texturized & blow dried straight. It has course afro appearance but tends to be very soft to the touch.

Silky- Fine and silky like Indian or Asian hair.  

Hair Density - Light, Light-Medium, Medium, Medium-Heavy, Heavy. This is the amount of hair on the unit and may also be referred to as thickness or volume. If ordering a custom unit – you are able to choose a density for the hairline, front of wig and he base of the wig. Most in stock wigs are 100-120% density which is considered medium. Usually Light-Medium densities are the most natural looking.

Lace Wig Ventilation/Hair Direction - Freestyle has no built-in tendency. It can be worn in any style, even backwards. A Defined-Part means the hair has been knotted in a certain direction limiting your ability to style the hair in other directions. Freestyle is the better more common option unless you always wear your hair in a par.

French Lace - A fine, mesh lace material which is used as a base for lace wigs. Undetectable and is more durable than Swiss lace.

Swiss Lace - A finer mesh lace material which is used as a base for lace wigs. Though it is more delicate than French lace; it is also more undectable than French lace.

Kamo KnotsBleached Knots

As the name so effectively describes, these knots are put through a delicate bleaching process after being tied to the base. This takes out most of the dark color and leaves a virtually invisible knot that really appears to be growing right from your scalp. However, there is a down side; bleaching the knots does loosen the knots making shedding more likely to happen. As a result, most lace wigs are only lightly bleached around the perimeter.

Single vs. Double Knots

Single knots are considered the best method of knotting producing a tiny knot for each individual hand-tied hair. Two or three individual hairs can be single knotted at one time speeding up the process to the detrimental of creating a larger knot with less aesthetically pleasing finish. Sing knots are hard to detect, but shed easily.

Double knots literally involve knotting hair twice to produce a double knot which provides a stronger, more robust knot. The resultant knots are however even more visible under close inspection. These knots are more visible however they do not shed as easily. Superior units have single knotting around the perimeter and double knots else where to counteract these advantages and disadvantages.

 

 

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How to deal with lace wig tangling and Frizz

posted by sassyhair 9:43 PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

If you start to have problems with your unit tangling, here are a few unconventional ways to preserve the life of you unit. Note, by detangling your hair incorrectly, you may hurt the condition and shorten the life span of your wig.

Baking Soda Bath: Fill a large 3qt container with warm water. Pour ½ to ¾ cups of baking soda into the water and mix until completely dissolved.

After brushing out your lace wig, place it into the mixture making sure it is completely submerged.

Allow the unit to soak over night or a minimum of 4 hours. Remove it and rinse with warm water. Wash with a botanical clarifying shampoo thoroughly.

Deep condition the hair with a botanical deep conditioner. Nearly Natural’s Kera Intense Masque an excellent example of a botanical deep conditioner that contains the sought after Keratin used in Brazilian Blow out for extra soft hair.

After rinsing out the deep conditioner, let the hair air dry then style as desired.

Coping with Lace Wig Frizz

 It is advisable to use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb when necessary.

Alcohol Free Leave-in conditioners are great for all types of lace wig textures particularly curly one. It’s best to rinse the hair in the coldest water possible after a shampoo and conditioner for straight hair. The coldest water will help hair to look less frizzy and it locks down the hair cuticle and makes hair slicker and softer.

Never rub the hair after it’s washed; instead, gently squeeze out the excessive moisture with a towel. There are various products on the market which and help you deal with frizz. A good one for silky hair is the FRIZ CONTROL STYLING BALM.

Always sleep with your hair tied up in a satin scarf/cap or sleep on a satin pillowcase to reduce friction on the hair caused by cotton pillow cases. This will greatly reduce tangles and breakage.

 NEVER SLEEP WITH WET HAIR. Use a botanical shampoo and conditioner made for dry hair. Gently shampoo the hair in one direction and follow with conditioner in the same manner.

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Kamo Knot Lace Wigs:- Better than bleached knots

posted by sassyhair 4:24 PM
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kamo knotWhen dark hair is knotted to the lace base of a lace wig the knot of the darker strands of hair creates a noticeable dark dot that can look unnatural when viewed close up.  For many years the solution was bleaching the knots to a lighter color so that they appear less visible.

Bleaching knots can and has been an effective way to improve the appearance and detectability of the knots along the hairline, however there are some draw backs to this bleaching process.  The more bleaching that takes place, the weaker the knots will be. Weaker knots can break and come unraveled meaning the hair will eventually begin to shed.

Another draw back to bleaching the knots is the fact that the knots may not ever totally disappear. It doesn’t mean dark hair colors can’t be bleached at all; it just means they’ll never look quite as nice or colorless as with lighter hair colors.Kamo Knots

Kamo Knots

The Solution:- Kamo Knots

Kamo Knot are a revolutionary new way to camouflage the knots for a realistic hairline without the use of harsh bleach. The knots are camouflaged by dyeing the root of the hair with a light color dye, (usually color #4 or lighter), before they are hand tied to the lace.  This surpasses the “bleached knots” effect, without the use of bleach, which can lead to excessive shedding.

The light color roots significantly decreases the visibility of the knots, as they blend in with the lace.  With the knots camouflaged, the hair truly looks like it is growing out of your scalp.  The knots are barely detectable by the human eye.

 

 

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Ombre Trend for Lace Wigs & U-part wigs

posted by sassyhair 8:51 PM
Monday, May 20, 2013

139pIntroducing the Ombre hair color trend! Its been spotted on plenty of A-list Celebrities including Ciara, Nikki Manaj, Jennifer Hudson & Naomi Campbell. The French-termed trend features darker, more natural hues at the roots which gradually lightens at the ends. Now you can get the same look in literally minutes on Lace Wigs & U-part wigs without having to dye your own hair.

When looking for an Ombre Lace Wig  or an Ombre U-Part Wig on line, it may be difficult to find the right color combination you are looking for in stock so it may be necessary to order a custom made lace wig. Most Lace Wig websites do offer an option to customize color, length and style.

 

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Choosing the right colors

A person can choose 1-3 colors to shade for the “Ombre” effect.  It is important that you select colors that compliment your skin tone as well as wardrobe choices.

  • For chocolate beauties: deep reds, auburn, coppers, and cool ash make for beautiful choices.
  • For the caramel-coated lovely: rich browns, coppers, honey blonds possibly even violets (depending on career)
  • For the fair maiden: ash tones, subdued blondes, golden caramel tones will add warmth to olive skin.

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Clip in Bangs for Black Women

posted by sassyhair 10:28 PM
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Celebrities have adopted Clip In Bangs as the newest ‘must have’ for hair. Clip on bangs are a great way to try a new hairstyle without committing to cutting your own hair. Cutting bangs can be a big commitment because hair takes a while to grow out you may be stuck with bangs for many months. They are easy to use and hassel free, just bend the clip to snap open and shut.

Clip in bangs are not only fast and easy to apply but they require very little maintenance. Most clip in bangs on the market are made with heat resistant synthetic fiber. This is a great option for a woman on budget who wants to try a new look without a large financial commitment. Remy or Human hair clip in bangs are also available on the market for a woman who wants to invest a little more money in something that will look more natural and also last longer.

Clip in Bangs for Black Women

For a while it was difficult for find clip in bangs that are geared towards African American women online until recently. Now it is common to find Yaki Textured Clip in Bangs that will blend naturally with ethnic relaxed hair.

 

 

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U-part Lace Wigs- Revolutionary Next Generation Wig

posted by sassyhair 6:55 PM
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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U-Part Lace Wigs:

are revolutionary new way to get the look of a “sew in” at a fraction of the time and cost.  For those who are not familiar with this type of wig,  a U-part wig is simply a modified half or 3/4 wig that is created with a “U” Shape cut out on the crown allowing the wearer to leave out a small section of their own hair through the semi-circular U-Shaped opening . The opening allows you to use your own hair to create a natural looking part. Many say u-part wigs are a cross between a weave & a wig where you get the best of both worlds.

U-part Lace Wigs come with combs and adjustable straps for secure fit. This allows for an easy and fast application.

 

U-part Wig Application

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Benefits of a U-part Lace Wig

  • The most natural looking part and hairline -Your Own! (leave a portion of your own hair out)
  • Quick & Easy 1 Minute Application
  • Professional Weave Style Look at a fraction of the time & cost
  • No Adhesive or Sew In necessary
  • Secure fit with combs at the part & temples plus adjustable straps
  • Hand Tied lace front area for a flatter look (no lumps and bumps)
  • Micro-thin wefts for a smooth and lightweight feel

 

U-part Lace Wig Cap Construction

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U-part wigs are known for their convenience and versatility. U-part wigs are perfect for women looking for a commitment free alternative to traditional weave.

These wigs require minimal leave out, can act as a protective style, and can easily be put in and taken out at will.

Most African American women will purchase Yaki and Kinki textured u-part wigs that matches the texture of their own hair.

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How Do Lace Wig Adhesives affect your hairline?

posted by sassyhair 1:40 PM
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Many of us love wearing lace wigs, however how does wearing lace wigs on a regular basis affect our hairline and edges? I have been wearing lace wigs for some time now and have found that lace wigs can thin your hairline if proper care is not taken. Below are a few things you can do to keep your hairline intact.

1. Take care during application: When applying the lace wig, make sure you are not placing the glue too close to your hair line. Doing so can cause hair thinning along the hairline when used without care. If you are using tape, cut the wide tape strips into thinner strips so that the tapes is as far away as possible from your hair line. The one thing I will stress is that the longer you want to keep your wig on without reapplying, the greater the risk for damage to your hairline. I really do not recommend applications longer than 2weeks at a time. So, that’s bad news for those of you who want 4weeks plus of hold.

2. Proper Removal: A rushed removal process can cause the hair to be pulled out when you remove your wig. Use an oil based adhesive remover such as the C-22 Solvent. Spray across the hairline and leave it on for 10 minutes or more to allow the solvent to soften the adhesive. Gently remove without pulling.

3. Wear Glueless Lace wigs: Now you can buy full lace wigs that have adjustable straps and combs allowing you to wear the  your lace wig without adhesive or tape. For those of you with already thin hairlines, Glueless Full lace Wigs are a better alternitive.

4. Give your hairline a break: From time to time i give my hairline a break and hang up my lace wigs for a couple of months. Summer time is a good time to take a lace wig break. As you we all know, lace wigs do tend to get hot and uncomfortable during the hot summer months. Purchase some Remy Weaving hair and try a new look. This will give your hairline some time to breathe and grow thicker.

With proper use, careful application and removal, and reasonable application periods, you can maintain a healthy hairline and wear a full lace wig.

 

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Types of Lace Wig Adhesives

posted by sassyhair 5:25 PM
Thursday, October 13, 2011

 

There is a variety of adhesives for applying your lace wig. Because everyone’s body chemistry is different, what may work for one person may not necessarily work for you, so be patient and don’t be afraid to experiment. Below is a list of common adhesives and the pros and cons of each one:
 

Ultra Hold Adhesive Review:
 
 

Pros: This is the liquid adhesive that everyone raves about (and for good reason). This item is also used in the medical industry. This adhesive has a waterproof, non-yellowing acrylic formula base; and is medical grade. It has a 4-6 week hold. Most of the other adhesives are for 10-14 days. If you are interested in rue extended wear, this is the product for you. This product is a thicker liquid than most other adhesives so it is important to allow proper drying time. We insist on following the manufacturer’s directions with this which is 5-10 minutes. This adhesive removes easily with Lace Release, C-22 or Rapid Release.

 
 Cons- This Adhesive can be very gooey. It is very stringy difficult to use. I do not recommend it for begginers.
 
 Final Comments- Attachment time varies from one individual to another, the oilier the skin the shorter the hold time (which is why we include scalp protector to increase your wear times). Do not apply to irritated skin and if you are concerned about allergies/etc., please always do a skin test prior to full use.
 
 
 
Safe Grip Adhesive Review: 
 
Pros: This adhesive dries very fast and clear leaving no shine. For an even faster dry, use a dryer on the cool setting. This is a great touch-up adhesive to keep around because it is easy to use. Clean-up is a breeze when using 100% pure acetone and a cotton ball. The acetone keeps your fingers and lace free from stickiness and glue boogers.

Cons- It does not give a very strong hold, so touch up’s are done about every 3 days or so when used alone.
 

  

 

No Shine Super Tape review:
 

 Pros- No shine Tape has a dull Finish, no Residue and is water proof & hypoallergenic. This adhesive tape is usually worn with ultra hold or Mastix P” Adhesive to give a stronger hold. Particularly in the nape area, adhesive alone will not hold for long with out the fortification of adhesive tape.
 
 Cons- No shine tape has a very strong adhesion (sticks to everything!) thefore it is very difficult to remove. It may cause damage or hair loss around your own hairline if not removed properly.  Spray C-22 solvent and leave it on for 15minutes before you begin to lift the tape.

 
 

 

Mastix “P” Spirit Gum Review:
 

Pros- This is my favorite adhesive! It dries clear without a hint of hard, gooey, white residue. It has a watery consistancy therefore it goes on really easy. Its great for touch ups on the go because it is no mess no fuss. It dries super FAST, so you must have your unit in place and already positioned. The instructions say you must apply the lace when the adhesive is still damp. That gives you maybe 10 seconds. The 1.7 oz bottle is small enough to carry in your purse, so touch-up at work are not a problem at all.Using 100% Pure Acetone, there is barely no residue on my skin or my lace.
This adhesive was created for the film industry therefore it also come in the matte no shine version.
 
Cons- This adhesive is not suitable for extended wear. It may last 3-5 days. However, this adhesive is so user-friendly (no glue boogers, no caked-up glue, no sticky fingers,no white residue), thus the touch-ups take less than 15 seconds. For a longer hold, i use Mastix P” Spirit gum with adhesive tape.

 
 
 

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Lace Wig Shedding

posted by sassyhair 12:03 PM
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Shedding on a lace wig is to be expected due to the fact that the hair is hand tied by a single knot (sometimes a double knot) to the lace material. Excessive shedding can cause thinning of the hair and bald patches on your unit. To minimize these effects it is very important that proper care be taken at home during combing, styling and everyday use. Below are things to avoid.    

Causes for Shedding Balding/Thinning  

1. Combing your lace wig while it is still wet after washing and conditioning

 2. Roughness while combing and washing/handing your lace wig

3. Using very oily or greasy haircare products on your unit

4. Not thoroughly removing adhesives from your unit prior to washing

5. Using hot or very warm water when washing your unit

6. Combing your wig from root to tip instead of from tip to root.    

 Below are a few maintenance techniques which will help prevent excessive hair shedding.  

 1. Use Knot Sealer- Knot Sealer is a product that comes in small spray bottle that is used to seal the knots on your lace wig. Turn the wig inside out, spray on the mesh or lace and allow it to completely dry before wearing it. It is also important that you Reseal the knots after every wash. Wait for your unit to completely dry before spraying Knots Sealer. Knot Sealer is available in the “Accessories” section of our website.  

2. Do Not Scratch your scalp through your lace wig as this will cause shedding. Instead, pat your head with your hand or remove your unit and treat your scalp with anti-itch shampoo and then moisturize your scalp.   

3. Use a wide tooth comb or wig brush (cushion brush). Comb from the tip up while holding the hair above so that you will avoid pulling at the knots.  

4. Never comb your lace wig while wet. Prior to washing the hair make sure you comb it out thoroughly.  

5. Avoid using care products with high Alcohol content i.e Spritz, Hair Spray, Shampoos etc. These products can damage the hair causing breakage and/or shedding.  

 6. You must thoroughly remove glue residue from our wig. Letting adhesives build up on your unit will cause shedding  

7. Do not Blow Dry or Sit under a dryer with heat. We highly recommend letting your unit air dry after washing. If you must brow dry, make sure it is on a cool

8. When sleeping in your unit it is best to braid up your hair so it does not tangle while you sleep. You should gently comb your unit out each night prior to wrapping it up in the scarf. Also it is very important that you wrap a silk or satin scarf or bonnet around your head, this will help to prevent friction which will cause  breakage and/or shedding.

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Ordering a Lace Wig Online

posted by sassyhair 5:19 PM
Friday, December 3, 2010
Ordering on line can be a risk however, lace wigs online are much cheaper than trying to purchase one from a brick and mortar wig store. You can save up to 60% when ordering  Lace Wigs online. When ordering online it is important that you view at least 4 pictures of what you are buying. Make sure you see a picture of
 
 
 1) The overall Front of the Lace
2) A close up of the Front Hair Line*
3) A picture of the Back View of the lace wig
4) A picture of the side view.

You want to know what you are getting. Also avoid scams from sellers who use images of wigs that do not belong to them. Be sure you do your research before purchasing. There are many fly by night lace wig websites popping up everyday, so make sure the company is professional and legitimate.

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