Color Your Way to a Realistic Lace-Front Hairline
This entry was posted on March 21, 2011.
Have you ever seen a woman with hair was so flawless and gorgeous, you just have to wonder if it's a wig? Full, bouncy, and vibrant, her hair shines and moves just right...and chances are, especially these days, it probably is a lace-front wig!
So how does she do it? How does she keep the world from knowing her hair is not her natural hair, but a full-lace or lace-front wig?
The simple answer is color.
We all know that a natural-looking hairline is the whole point and the main goal for a good wig. Well, take a good look at the best lace-front and full-lace wig profiles, and you'll notice something in common: every woman with an undetectable wig line also has a subtle hint of color around the edges!
Most people's hair is naturally a little bit lighter around the hairline, especially around the face. And even though the differences in hair color are usually subtle, this is what allows the hair to "blend in" with the skin color and gradually grow darker, creating a natural, subtle hairline. Good wigs replicate this by using highlights and lowlights to frame the face, matching the skin and then darkening towards the crown and back of the head.
Bad wigs, on the other hand, start out far darker than the normal hair color at the hairline would actually be - making the hair look more like a baseball cap than a wig. Even wigs with "baby hairs" often get this all wrong, as the small extra hairs added are still too dark for the wearer's skin tone and don't quite look right.
So what can you do? For starters, next time you're shopping for a lace-front or full-lace wig, inspect the color carefully and make sure the hair grows lighter toward the face. Even a subtle difference of just a shade or so - for example, an off-black or 1B hue along the hairline, with jet-black or dark-black strands included in the rest of the wig - can make an impact. Just try to match the color along the edges to the color of your skin, the way natural hair grows.
If you already have human-hair wigs that you'd like to improve, look into getting them colored or dyed along the hairline. An experienced stylist can apply a hair color to complement your skin tone and gradually make that hairline look all-natural, or you can use hair-color kits available at any beauty supply or grocery store to do it yourself.Either way, you'll have an undetectable hairline and standing-in-the-spotlight glow to make people wonder, "Is that HER hair?" - instead of "Is THAT her hair?"
Take care of yourselves,