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 How to revive old, used
   human hair lace wigs

Human hair lace wigs are a great hair replacement alternative. They are versatile, convenient, look very natural and can last a couple of years with proper care and maintenance.
However the abuse of hair products as well as excessive heat styling and improper care can harm the human hair of your lace wig, leaving it tangled, matted and looking like a bird’s nest.

Lace wigs crafted with human hair may tangle or matte, sometimes into hard knots, issue that most lace wig wearers are unable to resolve on their own without damaging the tresses of the hair unit and end up often throwing the wig away.

There are several reasons for unfortunate hair matting and tangling.

a)- hair cuticles in a particular area of the wig cap base, have not been properly aligned when the hair unit was crafted, and are laying in opposite directions, causing hair strands friction and therefore severe tangle up.

b)-hair has been exposed too long to excessive moisture, causing the hair shaft to stretch, sometimes beyond its limit, making it weak with a lack of elasticity hence its breakage and tangling predisposition.  

c) - under or over processed hair due to harsh chemicals  used on highly textured hair, rending it excessively dry and brittle and causing shedding and matting. 

Below is a list of simple helpful tips that will help you:

a) - get rid of the hair matting and tangling of your lace wig using different bleach bath methods.

b) - achieve soft, silky and beautiful hair with a Silicon Mix treatment.

c) - avoid excessive hair shedding using the Freeze Hairspray combination technique.

Is all the hair of the lace wig knotting and tangling at the base that means that:

a) - the cuticles from each return hair strands have not been removed. A return hair strand is the short hair part located on a hair knot. Before processing the hair of a hairpiece, return hair strands must be carefully removed and sealed; otherwise they will run in the opposite direction of the rest of the hair and therefore will collide with each other causing severe matting.

NOTE: Cuticle misalignment is not an indication of hair quality, it is however a strong indication of incorrect wig manufacture as many wigs crafted with high quality hair can still bear misaligned hair cuticles and therefore have tangling and matting issues.

b) - the hair strands have swollen due to a long sudden exposure to water or liquid hair products at a time, causing them to be weak hence severe tangling due mostly to hair knots.

c) -  the hair cuticles are closed due to over dry tresses caused either by either, too much heat styling or improper care and therefore do not let the needed moisture or protein into the hair shaft causing breakage  and tangle.

             The Bleach Bath Method

Bleach bath on hair works by altering the hair pH level.
In chemistry, pH measures the acidity of a substance on a scale from 0 to 14.
A pH of 7 indicates a neutral substance. Alkaline substances have a pH higher than 7 and cause the hair cuticle to open. Bleach is an alkaline substance that penetrates the hair shaft and breaks down the hydrogen bonds that cause hair to be matted, temporarily smoothing out the hair.
Items needed:

-Clarifying shampoo
-Moisturizing Conditioner
-Styrofoam wig head
-Large paddle brush
-Wide tooth comb
-Rubber gloves
-Zip lock bag
-Hot tap water


1) - Place the hair unit on the Styrofoam wig head and secure it with hair pin then put on rubber gloves
2) - Fill up large basin with one gallon of hot (not boiling) tap water and add ¼ cup of bleach. For severe matted hair, use ½ cup of bleach.
3) - immerse the wig into bleach solution and start detangling hair with the wide tooth comb for about three (3) minutes maximum)-
4) - remove hair unit from bleach solution and fill up basin with one gallon of warm tap water and add two (2) cups of clarifying shampoo and swish the hair unit in the solution in order to remove bleach residue.
5) - Brush hair with large paddle brush through to avoid new tangling.
6) - Drain water and  shampoo from the basin, rinse it  thoroughly and pour in  ¼ cup of ammonia as well as three (3) cup of hot (not boiling) tap water. For severe matted hair, use ½ cup of ammonia.
7) - immerse the hair unit into the ammonia solution using a dipping/dunking motion a few times (no more than 1 to 2 minutes) and alternate with gently hair combing/brushing.
8) - Repeat step 6 and 7 to remove any ammonia residue (clarifying shampoo solution) then rinse the hair thoroughly in lukewarm water.
9)  Apply moisturizing conditioner, leave it 2-3 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
10) - Towel dry the hair unit and put it into a sealed zip lock bag.  Place the bag in the microwave for 10 seconds. Alternatively, place a hot steamed towel over the bag for 10 minutes.
11) - Let the hair unit air dry and enjoy a tangle free hair lace wig.
NOTICE:  Using the bleach bath method may weaken the hair knots of your lace wig. Seal hair knots before and after using the bleach bath method to avoid excessive shedding. Always perform the bleach bath method with the hair unit on the wig head. Do not use the bleach bath often as it can affect colors.

An alternate bleach bath method is as follow:

Item needed are:
-Deep conditioner
-Large paddle brush
-Wide tooth comb
-Zip lock bag
-Hot simmering water

1)- Follow bleach bath method instruction steps number 1 through 5.
2)- Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water
3)- Put hair unit in a freezer bag with deep conditioner (soak/immerse totally). Make sure the bag is tightly sealed.
4)- Immerse the freezer bag in simmering hot water (not boiling) for about 10 minutes. Turn the zip lock bag over on the other side, and allow it to sit in the hot water for another 5 minutes.
5)- Rinse the conditioner out with cold water (that will help to seal the hair cuticles) and gently comb hair with a wide tooth comb.

                   The Silicon Mix Treatment

Silicon Mix Intensive Hair Deep Treatment is a hair product that contains a heavy dose of silicone, which helps to restore the health, the shine and the softness of dry, damaged and weak human hair.

Human hair lace wigs are crafted with processed hair and do contain a silicone coating that make the tresses appear sleek, shiny and manageable. 

Overtime, the silicone coating comes off through washing, and styling, that is why a Silicon mix Intensive Hair Deep Treatment is so beneficial to the health, strength and beauty of human hair lace wig.


To use, simply shampoo the hair of the unit with a clarifying shampoo and follow up with the Silicon Mix Intensive Hair Deep Treatment.

Apply generously the product to the hair, place the lace wig inside a zip lock bag and let it sit for at least one hour. Be sure to seal the zip lock bag completely.

For deeper conditioning, apply a steamed towel over the zip lock bag with the hair unit inside. Rinse with lukewarm water, towel dry and saturate hair with an alcohol free leave in conditioner.

NOTE: When usin the Silicon Mix Intensive Hair Deep Conditioner, stay clear from the lace of the hair unit and apply only on the hair strands.

            The Freeze Hairspray combination

In order to avoid severe hair shedding from a lace wig, here is a useful tip that can be used after each wash that will ensure that the hair knots remain securely tied up to the cap base and therefore avoid excessive shedding.

Items needed are:

-standard Styrofoam wig head
- can of art & craft adhesive spray
- can freeze hair spray
-a extra large plastic shower cap


a) - turn the lace wig inside out and place it on the wig head.

b)-Tuck the hair of the unit that is hanging down completely inside the shower cap, so that none of the spray falls into the hair.

c) - Spray 1-3 light coats of freeze hair spray onto the entire inside of the wig cap, making sure to let each spray coat dry completely before applying the next one.

d)-Then apply 2 very light coats of craft adhesive spray onto the entire inside of the cap, allowing each spray coat to dry completely before applying the next one.

TIP: Should the lace of the hair unit bear some holes that do not necessitate an elaborate sewing repair with thread and needle, just use some clear (transparent) nail polish on the hole areas to stop further tearing.
As shown here, there are many ways available, to revive older, used and abused lace wig hair, so no need to throw hair units away, just use the method listed above, and enjoy your hair units longer.*

Author: Marie Hines

Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at one's own risk. Any health or safety related issues as well as any information and/or suggestions in this article should be further researched in other sources.

© 2013 Marie Hines

Kayla Martell

21 year-old Kayla Martell captured the Miss Delaware crown and then appeared bald on the CBS Early Show.

Martell has alopecia areata, a condition that sparks hair loss and affects nearly 4.7 million Americans, according to studies conducted by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

Most alopecia patients experience patchy round spots of hair loss that may eventually progress into total baldness on the scalp and even body. Hair fall-out and regrowth cycles can happen at any time, though some patients never do go through regrowth.

Alopecia areata sufferers have long struggled to cope with sudden and dramatic hair loss brought on by the disease. The condition affects men and women both and may ultimately lead to complete scalp hair loss or even total body hair loss.

More than five million Americans - a surprising 2 percent of the population - have the disease, that often forces the afflicted to hide behind ill-fitting, uncomfortable wigs, scarves or hats to disguise their hair loss.

The emotional trauma is even more acute for women, children and young teens, who are immediately confronted with a drastic change in their appearance. Yet as alopecia gains more attention in social and medical circles, and researchers make strides in uncovering the cause. A growing number of non-surgical hair replacement options including full lace wigs, lace wigs and wigs, have surfaced to help sufferers combat the condition cosmetically.

While not contagious, doctors today think it may be an autoimmune disease, in which the body attacks its own hair follicles and slows down or stops hair growth.

Martell first began experiencing the first symptoms of a hair receding at the young age of ten, which then evolved into the more dramatic hair loss she sports today. But the pageant queen wants to make it clear that there is nothing 'wrong' with people who have alopecia.

"We're just normal people without hair! We are otherwise healthy human beings; our bodies are just allergic to our hair. But, it is also important to understand the stigma associated with baldness and the emotional stress that comes from this unpredictable nature of the hair loss," Martell says.

Unwavered by the condition, Martell competed on the Miss Delaware stage, five times before finally capturing the crown. Two of those times, the Marymount University senior even appeared without a wig.

Martell's pageant platform involves raising funds and spreading awareness for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, and she will be showcasing at the national pageant in Las Vegas in January.

Author: Marie Hines

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Full Lace Wigs: Tips and Tricks

You spent money for a good quality full lace wig, now what? The proper care and maintenance of your hair unit will either protect your investment, or waste it away.

Here are a few tips and tricks about full lace wigs and lace wigs, that will help you to prolong the life of your hair unit.

a)- Tips and Tricks about Liquid Bonding Adhesives (skin grade glue): 

Below, a list of helpful tips to help you achieve the strongest and most secure bond possible.

When applying liquid adhesives, only use thin, even coats.

If you are using a brush, use a paint movement with your hand in both directions - horizontal and vertical.

If more adhesive is desired, use thin multiple coats, however make sure the previous coat is dry and tacky to the touch before applying the next coat.

Never try to apply liquid bond directly to the lace. Instead, apply it on your scalp/skin then place the lace on the area.

Always clean and prepare your scalp/skin properly, with skin shield/skin protector, before attaching your full lace wig or lace wig. Skin shield/skin protector is a product, that provides a protective barrier against dermal irritation, while enhancing the effectiveness of skin-safe/skin grade liquid or tape adhesives.

After showering or working out, the bond of your full lace wig or lace wig will seem like it is weakening, which is expected since it has been wetted, and even if your hair system is still attached securely, the bond will soften a bit, due to extra heat and/or moisture, but do not touch the hair unit then, because as your body cools down, the bond will harden again. When the lace around your full lace wig or lace wig is completely dry, you may touch up needed area with a liquide adhesive using a toothpick for precision.

Airborne dust or/and make-up will attach itself to the adhesive in the front and side edges of the lace on hair units and may become visible over time. Immediately after a shower is the easiest time to clean those areas because the hairpiece bond is pliable. Spray a liberal amount of Adjust-a-Bond on the tip of a double folded tissue. Hold the hair of the unit back with one hand and wipe the edge of the lace using the saturated tissue with the other hand.

This trick will help keep your lace front and side edges invisible at all times.

b)- Tips and Tricks to avoid shedding

Below, a list of helpful tips to avoid excessive shedding.

Some light shedding is normal, however, your full lace wig or lace wig should not shed anymore then our own hair would. 

DO NOT put any hair products that contain any percentage of alcohol (like some hair spray, spritz, mousses, gels, creams etc...) directly into the hair of your hairpiece. These products will damage the hair and cause excessive shedding. Only use hair products made for wig hair and Lace wig accessories.

When going to sleep wearing your hairpiece, always braid up the hair or at least put it in a pony tail so it will not tangle up, while you sleep. Best is for you, to wrap a scarf around your head or to wear a hair bonnet, while you are asleep,(see below section: Tips and Tricks to avoid damages while sleeping). This will prevent the hair of your wig from breakage and shedding.

When swimming wearing your hairpiece, keep in mind that chlorine, and salt water can damage the hair of the unit, therefore wear a swim cap or wash the hair of your wig immediately with a wig shampoo after each and every swim session. NEVER let chlorine and/or salt water stay in the hair of your unit, as it will damage the hair of your unit irreversibly.

Reseal the knots with knot sealer located on the inside of your full lace wig cap, after each and every wash, with some knot sealer. This will strengthen the knots on each hair strand and protect your full lace wig from excessive shedding.

c)- Tips and Tricks for Curly, Deep Wave  and Wavy Styles

Below, a moisturizing tip for  Full lace wigs with a Curly, Deep Wave, Wavy Style.

Wash and rinse your full lace wig gently but thoroughly, then spray until saturation, with a,1/4 Dove Moisturizing Conditioner, 1/4 of Glycerin and 2/4  plain water mixture*.  Using a loop brush, brush it into shape. Cover your full lace wig or lace wig with a hair net, and let it dry on top of a wig head. Once dry and you begin to wear the unit, spray lightly with the above mixture every 2-3 days or as needed. This will restore the initial shape, bounce and shine of the curls and/or the waves.

*1/3 of Sunsilk Captivating Curls Lotion, 1/3 of glycerin and1/3 of plain water mixture.

d)- Tips and Tricks for a long-lasting full lace wig or lace wig 

The key factor in lace wig care and maintenance, is to understand that your hair unit is made of  human hair, that is usually approximately four (4) years old. Since hair grows on average a half inch per month, one year equates out to 6 inches. So since on the average,  24 inches long hair is used to make a 20 inch hair unit, it is safe to say, that  the hair sttrands of your wig has been exposed to the elements a minimum of four (4) years, and now that hair has been removed from its nutrient source, to be made into your fabulous wig, care and maintenance become that hair only life support.

Five main tools are required to properly care for your full lace wig: Shampoo, Conditioner, a rake, your pillow case and your hair wrap. These are the 5 key players and unfortunately not all options are created equally.

A good rule of thumb for shampoo or conditioner is that if it costs between $10.00 and $20.00 for 8.5 oz then you have the right stuff. Since the shampoo and conditioner are keys to protecting the hair natural oils, these are two items that you will be best to invest into.

Beyond washing your unit, you are going to style it and that is where the rake comes in.

Brushes and combs provide too much tension on the hair and will cause breakage and shedding. Use a rake or even a pick and toss the brush and comb and you will reduce greatly the tension put on the hair and the knots while styling your unit and therefore your wig will last longer.

e)- Tips and Tricks to avoid damages to your full lace wig while sleeping

Below a tip that is essential when asleep while wearing your hair unit.

If you are wearing your full lace wig or lace wig to bed, you must choose to follow those sleep habits, to avoid damaging the hair of your unit.

Here are a few info on how to sleep in a Lace Wig.

Always use a wrap. Having the hair of your wig wrapped in a satin or silk wrap will reduce frictions on your unit when you move your head in your sleep. Also use a pillow case in satin or silk. The key here is that the pillow case MUST be the same material as your wrap. If your hair is wrapped in satin, have a satin pillow case. If the hair is wrapped in silk, have a silk pillow case. This will reduce greatly the tension and resistance between the two fabrics, avoid the occasional breakage and allows the hair to remain protected, while you sleep.

f)- Tips and Tricks for cold temperature.

Below, a tip to keep the hair of your full lace wig beautiful and strong.

Cold temperatures, specially dry cold weather can damage, tangle and in some cases damage your hair unit irreversibly. Luckily, there are fantastic hairnproducts on the market that can protect wig hair from harsh drying climates. Hair Conditioning treatments, Hair Damage Repair kit , are excellent for replenishing and protecting the hair of your wig. Whichever brand your choose to use on your hair system, it is ESSENTIAL that you make sure, that the product is free from alcohol.

Whenever the hair of your  wig is a bit dry or if you want to ensure it will be protected from the elements follow these simple steps:

1. Remove hair unit and wash gently.

2. Apply a Hair Damage Repair or another high end conditioning treatment formulated for hair moisture replenishment . DO NOT use protein enriched conditioners.

3. Put your full lace wig or lace wig in a plastic bag and place in a warm area of your home. DO NOT microwave or apply direct heat, as it will damage your unit.

4. Allow the bag to sit for 24 hours, then remove and rinse hair thoroughly  in lukewarm water and allow to air dry.

If you are wearing your hair unit full time, repeat this process every three weeks. Beware! There is a such thing as too much moisture and you want to maintain the human hair average natural ph levels as much as possible.

Author: Marie Hines

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