So, you’ve got your brand-new lace front wig, but you suddenly realize it there are no baby hairs on it. You could wait to wear it and take it to a wig stylist, OR you can follow our tips below to learn all about how to make baby hair edges.
If you’re new to lace front wigs, or wigs in general, getting your baby hairs just right is important for making your wig look natural. Wigs that haven’t been plucked and don’t have baby hairs tend to be very dense at the hairline, making the unit look unnatural when it’s installed. A perfectly plucked wig gives a more gradual hairline that mimics the look of your natural hair.
Some units come pre-plucked and with baby hairs, but you can also customize it further to give your wig its own unique edge. And it takes just a couple of simple tools to get started!
Best Tools for Getting Perfect Baby Hairs
Having the right tools is the first place to start for how to make baby hairs on a lace front wig. You probably have most of these already, but if not, these are great tools to have on-hand, especially if you plan on investing in other human hair wigs in the future. Virgin, human hair lace front wigs and other units give you the most versatility when it comes to styling, coloring, and overall longevity. If you’re taking the time to customize your wig’s baby hairs, you want only the best!
To get the best lace front wig, grab these tools and let’s get started:
• Human hair lace front wig
• Rat tail comb
• Sharp scissors
• Hair clips
• Spoolie brush
• got2b styling gel (or other preferred gel)
• Wig head (optional)
• Razor comb (optional)
4 Steps for How to Make Baby Hair Edges
You’ve got everything you need to become your own wig stylist, so here comes the fun part: creating baby hairs. Our guide below is for you ladies that are prepping the unit ahead of time, but you can also learn how to create baby hairs on a lace front wig while installing the unit, too. We’ve broken this down into four easy-to-follow steps that take you from creating the part to laying your edges down just right.
1. Trim the Lace
Creating baby hairs on a lace front wig starts with cutting the lace from the wig if it hasn’t been cut previously. When you get a lace front wig, there is excess lace that can be used to pull the wig onto your head before customization. But you don’t want or need all that lace, so trim your lace front wig to match the shape of your natural hairline.
When cutting the lace, you can place the unit on a wig head, or onto your own head. Placing it on your own head can make it easier to trim according to your natural hairline.
Leave a very small amount of lace exposed so you don’t cut into the knots and you have a small bit of lace to hold onto when you install later.
2. Create the Part
Before you pluck and cut, create the desired part in your lace front wig. You want to do this first because it will help guide the way you pluck and trim your baby hairs. You can also pluck along the part to give it a more natural look. Here’s a couple of things to remember when parting your wig:
• Make sure your natural hair is flat to your head before placing the unit on to create the part
• Use a rat tail or fine-tooth comb to precisely pull hair in the desired direction
• You can only part the hair where lace is present
• You can part down the center or to one side
• Use mouse to comb the hair down flat and clearly define the part before trimming baby hairs
3. Separate Baby Hairs
Using the pointed edge of your comb, pull very small, thin sections of hair away from the rest of the wig (this will become baby hair). Do this along the entire hairline, or wherever you want to have baby hairs, being mindful of how it will blend with the part you created. It’s helpful to pull hair back into clips so baby hairs don’t get mixed into the rest of your unit while cutting.
4. Cut Baby Hairs
Squeeze a section of hair between your fingers and pull it taut. Using sharp scissors or a razor comb, trim the hair, leaving about one inch of baby hair to style later. Scissors will give a clean edge, whereas a razor comb will be more jagged for a natural look.
Even if you’re going for a more natural look with your baby hairs, you’ll want to style them so they’re not just sticking out after cutting. Styling is done after the unit is installed, so if you’re not ready to install just yet, skip this step.
Plucking the Hairline of Your Lace Front Wig
Part of learning how to create baby hair edges is plucking. Many high-quality, virgin human hair wigs like Mayvenn’s come pre-plucked around the hairline, so you don’t have to do it yourself. But, if your unit is not pre-plucked, you may want to take a little extra time to pluck the edges. Even if it is pre-plucked, you may want to further customize for your hairline.
Wigs have a hard line where the hair begins, which looks, well, like a wig. If you look at your natural hairline, it gradually gets denser towards the crown of your head. Additionally, there are areas around your hairline, like the temples of your forehead, where the hair tends to be thinner.
If you decide to pluck, cut your baby hairs first so you have an idea of what your wig will look like with them and so you don’t over pluck potential baby hairs. Make sure you don’t pluck the lace, which can easily tear if pulled with tweezers.
How to Create Edges from Baby Hairs: Styling Options
There are a number of ways to style baby hairs, from intricate spirals to a natural swoop into your hairline, but there are a couple of essentials you’ll need to get started:
a) Use a spoolie brush or toothbrush
b) Your favorite styling gel to smooth your baby hair
c) Rat tail comb
d) Scarf or tie to secure edges
If you like a little drama, you may want to consider laying your baby hairs in a swirling pattern. With these tighter curls, you’re bringing maximum impact to a look that’s sure to get noticed.
To get this look you’ll use a spoolie or toothbrush with gel to comb the hairs down and pull them into the desired direction. A spoolie brush has a smaller tip, which is perfect for getting a smaller point at the end of your baby hair swirls. You may need to repeat this action a few times on each section of hair to make sure it’s secure and has the swirl you’re looking for.
If curls aren’t your thing, a subtle sweep to your baby hairs adds a soft touch to your edges. Like the tight swirls, use your small brush to swoop the baby hairs down and then back towards your hairline, creating a gentle wave, securing with gel.
Sleek and Straight
If shaping baby hairs is too much, consider a brushing them straight down and into your hairline. This is a great time to tie a scarf around your edges while it sets to really secure the straight look.
Keep it Natural
There’s no rule that you have to style your baby hairs, so if you’re feeling a natural look, simply use your normal hairbrush to gently comb baby hairs flat or into your hair. Simple, beautiful, and ready to head out the door in just minutes!
The Best Edges Start With the Best Hair
No matter how you create baby hair edges, the best results will always come from choosing the highest quality hair. At Mayvenn, we offer 100% virgin, human hair wigs and hair bundles in a variety of textures and styles, so you always know you’ll be looking fierce.
If plucking, dying, and cutting isn’t your thing, you’re in luck! When you purchase a Mayvenn lace front or 360 lace wig, you get free wig customization from a Certified Mayvenn Stylist in your area. From baby hairs to installs, we’ve got you covered.