How to Apply a Thin-Skin Lace Wig

Lace wigs come in many different styles, including full-lace, lace-front and thin-skin. Thin-skin lace wigs are a popular choice because they give a more natural appearance than regular lace wigs, which allow adhesive to shine through the lace’s hairline. Thin-skin units also have a more secure fit than traditional lace wigs.


  • Secure your natural hair to lay flat on your head, either by braiding your hair into small cornrows or wrapping the hair tightly around the circumference of your head and pinning it.
  • Put the thin-skin unit onto your head. Adjust until it is in the desired position.
  • Use the scissors to trim the excess thin-skin material off the lace unit until it nearly meets your natural hairline. Leave a bit of thin-skin material remaining right before your natural hairline so that you can glue the thin skin to your natural skin instead of gluing it to your hair.
  • Use an eyebrow pencil to lightly outline the thin-skin hairline after it has been cut. Remove the lace-wig unit from your head.
  • Apply a thin coat of lace-wig adhesive to the outlined area in front of your natural hairline. Many lace-wig adhesives contain an applicator brush. If you have no applicator brush, purchase a small glue brush from an arts-and-crafts supplier. Allow about 10 minutes for the adhesive to become tacky, or sticky to the touch. If you apply too much adhesive, simply spray oil sheen onto the area and wipe away the excess.
  • Position the thin-skin unit on your head as you did in step 3. Starting at the front of your head, press the thin-skin material onto the adhesive. Continue pressing the thin skin around the circumference of your head until the unit is completely installed. Because the glue will still be tacky for a few minutes, you can shift the wig around to ensure it is in the desired position.


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