Hot Pink Lace Front Wigs - Hot or Hmmm??
Before we hop into this - keep in mind this is my own personal experience. I’ll go into as much detail as possible so you can make the best judgement call for what you can expect for yourself. If you do experience what I experience, then at least you’ll be set. 😜
What made me get a Hot pink lace front wig INSTALL?
Two words: Music. Festival. That’s the perfect time to go with a wild hair color with NO REGRETS. Hot pink was most definitely my vibe at the moment. But - ‘tis the season to be extra!! So, I added some purple ombré to the mix too. And lace frontals look so much more “natural” compared to other types of wigs. Plus, frontals allow more styling freedom.
How do lace front wigs stay on? how was the upkeep?
As far as how it stayed on, I got mine installed and she used the cap & glue method. There’s various different methods depending on your preference. A lot of people are against the glue because it can damage your edges - but that is dependent on how it was installed, the glue used, your hair, how long you left it in, and how it was removed. (I’ll share my personal experience with my own edges later in the post.)
The upkeep was easier than I thought despite most people saying, “you can’t be lazy” all over YouTube. I maintained mine by wrapping my hair around the edges every night and occasionally gluing down a tiny piece of lace that came up so it could blend in better. I kept mine on for two weeks.
However… the bright color that I got made things a lil’ more complicating. I had be mindful of chlorine (it could strip the color), not flat ironing my hair every three seconds (also strips the color a bit too), and not touching my hair too much (there would be purple on my fingers). Is this normal? I have no idea - so take that with a grain of salt. Supposedly, this depends on the dye that was used and I’m not sure what dye was used to color it.
What i didn’t like about it:
The color transfer - I wasn’t ready for that. I didn’t notice it on my clothes, but it would be on my fingers if I touched my hair too much. Which was kind of hard because we all know we be doin’ the most when our hair is poppin’! OKAY! 😂
Taking it down was rough, long and tedious. I wanted to take my time with it since I’ve heard one too many horror stories about people loosing their edges. There was a ton of rubbing alcohol involved, I tried using some conditioner too but I guess that only works with weave glue and not lace front glue (lol, the struggle). There’s also some special oil available (which looked like Goo Gone - probably a good alternative), but I just made due w/ alcohol since I wanted it out.
First the wig came off, which wasn’t too bad. But, that cap sure was “melted” to my head, which was a beast to get through. A couple hours later, it was off - but my hairline and my hands were SO STICKY. Which was why I wanted it off so bad, I could tell the glue wasn’t fresh anymore and was starting to slightly shift the placement of the wig. In the pictures you can see how the difference on my sideburns where the hair has clumped up and merged with the tackiness of the glue.
My skin felt a bit raw and sensitive, there was a spot or two that had a small raised bump in an area where I never get bumps and what looked like a small chemical reaction to the glue on my skin. Which is understandable since my skin is sensitive and probably could not handle having that glue on it for so long, topped with all that rubbing alcohol drying my skin out. And I used A LOT because I did not come to play!
Since my skin was irritated, I stayed away from any harsh facial products for about a week or two in that area. No exfoliators, AHA’s, etc. Gentle products only (think: Cetaphil). And I didn’t wear anything on my head that would rub against and irritate it even more so I could allow it to heal back to normal.
P.S. Teaira has a video on this - however, I'd say her case was a more extreme version of what I experienced since I don’t wear frontals on the regular. Skip to the 2 minute mark to get straight into it.
but what about your edges, sis?:
They were there…. at least most of ‘em. LOL! Don’t freak out though. Let me explain.
You know those tiny and fine hairs above your eyebrows? The ones you don’t really notice until you get your eyebrows waxed?
Or if you’ve ever got derma-planning done before and seen the peach fuzz hairs… imagine those. But… gone. 😂
Not all of ‘em, just the ones where the glue touched.
But that wasn’t a big deal to me, those easily grow back. The wig was glued past my hairline, but over time some areas managed to shift back as the glue got tacky and a small portion managed to shift into my hair. And those areas were extra hard to remove because little pieces of my edges were entangled in the glue. No lie, I did get impatient and a few strands didn’t make it. 😔
Also - you may get a tan line on part of your head depending on where your wig was placed. Which makes things look a little more “balder” than usual on top of the missing peach fuzz. I just wore bangs in public for awhile (I avoided makeup since my skin was irritated from the glue) and spent some time in the sun every so often to even the even my skin tone back out. And the peach fuzz grew back in about two weeks.
What I loved:
How it made me feel. Real talk, you turn into a whole new woman. And that just changes your whole experience of life, which is always interesting. That and how much the look fit me, its very special moment when you get out of stylist seat and right off the bat you know its on like Donkey Kong. There is nothing worse than leaving a hair appointment semi-satisfied with your look and nothing better than leaving knowing you’re IN LOVE with your hair. It really is an experience. 😉✨
What would I do differently?
Not keep it installed for so long or try a new install method, that’s for sure. Probably, the Got 2 Be Spray or Elastic Band method. Maybe it was the brand or type of glue used, but it made me uneasy having the skin around my edges feel irritated to the point where I didn’t want anything on my head. Peach fuzz missing, okay. Skin irritation!?!? Nah, that’s where I draw the line. But, I most definitely would do it again. Just differently.