A 360 lace wig is a versatile and popular choice among wig enthusiasts due to its natural look and flexible styling options. With a 360-degree lace cap, these wigs offer a realistic hairline and allow for various parting styles. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced wig wearer, this comprehensive guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to style a 360 lace wig flawlessly. From prepping and customizing to creating stunning hairstyles, we’ll cover it all.
I. Prepping Your 360 Lace Wig.
Properly prepping your 360 lace wig is crucial for achieving great results with your hairstyles. In this section, we’ll cover the essential steps of washing, conditioning, and customizing your wig to ensure it’s in the best condition before styling.
A. Washing and Conditioning.
Gather necessary supplies: wig stand, wide-tooth comb, gentle shampoo, conditioner, towel.
Detangle the wig gently from ends to roots.
Wash the wig in lukewarm water with shampoo, avoiding excessive rubbing.
Rinse thoroughly and apply conditioner, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends.
Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes, then rinse again until all residue is removed.
Towel-dry the wig by squeezing out excess water and patting it dry. Avoid rubbing vigorously.
B. Detangling and Styling.
Use a wide-tooth comb or wig brush to detangle the hair.
Apply heat protectant before using styling tools.
Use low heat settings and work in small sections.
Straighten with a flat iron or curl with curling iron or wand.
Allow the hair to cool before combing or brushing through.
C. Customizing the Hairline.
Determine your desired hairline and pluck the hairline for a more natural look.
Optional: bleach the knots to make them less visible.
Customize the parting by creating a middle part, side part, or zigzag part.
II. Basic Styling Techniques.
Once you have prepped your 360 lace wig, it’s time to delve into the exciting realm of styling. In this section, we will explore basic styling techniques that will allow you to create various looks, including straight hair, curls, and sleek ponytails. These techniques are perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions, giving you the flexibility to switch up your style effortlessly.
A. Straightening and Curling.
Straightening the wig:
a. Start by sectioning the hair: Divide the wig into manageable sections using clips or hair ties.
b. Apply heat protectant: Spray a heat protectant evenly throughout the hair to shield it from heat damage.
c. Straighten the sections: Take a small section of hair and clamp a flat iron as close to the roots as possible. Slowly glide the iron down the length of the hair, repeating as necessary until the section is straight. Continue this process section by section until the entire wig is straightened.
d. Set the style: Allow the hair to cool before running your fingers through it to break up any stiffness. For a more natural look, you can gently comb or brush through the hair.
Curling the wig:
a. Prep the hair: Divide the wig into sections and apply a heat protectant.
b. Choose your curling method: There are several ways to curl your wig, including using a curling iron, curling wand, or flexi rods. Select the method that suits your desired curl pattern.
c. Curl the sections: Take a small section of hair and wrap it around the curling iron or wand, holding for a few seconds before releasing. If using flexi rods, wrap the hair around the rod and secure it. Repeat this process for each section until the entire wig is curled.
d. Allow the curls to cool: Once all the curls are in place, let them cool completely to set the style.
e. Loosen and style the curls: After the curls have cooled, gently separate them with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb for a softer, more natural look.
B. Creating Waves and Curls.
a. Prep the hair: Apply a texturizing spray or sea salt spray to damp hair for added texture.
b. Create braids or twists: Divide the wig into multiple sections and braid or twist each section loosely.
c. Set the waves: Use a hairdryer or allow the hair to air dry. Once dry, undo the braids or twists and gently tousle the waves with your fingers for a beachy, effortless look.
a. Prep the hair: Apply a curl-enhancing mousse or foam throughout the wig for added hold and definition.
b. Use rollers or curling rods: Take small sections of hair and wrap them around rollers or curling rods, securing them in place. Repeat this process for the entire wig.
c. Apply heat (optional): If using rollers, use a hooded dryer or apply heat with a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
d. Allow the curls to cool: Once the curls are set, let them cool completely before removing the rollers or curling rods.
e. Gently separate the curls: Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to loosen and separate the curls for a softer, voluminous look.
C. Achieving a Sleek Ponytail.
Gather the hair: Brush the wig’s hair back and gather it into a ponytail at the desired height.
Secure the ponytail: Use a hair tie or elastic band to secure the ponytail tightly.
Camouflage the hair tie: Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie, securing it with a bobby pin.
Smooth out the hair: Apply a small amount of hair gel or smoothing serum to your hands and gently smooth down any flyaways or frizz to create a sleek finish.
Optional: To add extra volume and length to the ponytail, you can use a ponytail extension or clip-in hairpiece and attach it securely to the base of the ponytail.
III. Advanced Styling Techniques.
Once you’ve mastered the basic styling techniques for your 360 lace wig, it’s time to take your skills to the next level. In this section, we’ll explore advanced styling techniques that allow you to create intricate updos, elegant half-up, half-down styles, and stunning braided hairstyles. These techniques will help you achieve sophisticated looks for special occasions or when you want to make a statement with your wig.
A. Updos and Chignons.
Sleek high bun:
a. Gather the hair: Brush the wig’s hair up and gather it into a high ponytail.
b. Twist and wrap: Twist the ponytail and wrap it around the base, forming a bun. Use bobby pins to secure the bun in place.
c. Smooth the hair: Apply a small amount of hair gel or smoothing serum to your hands and gently smooth down any flyaways or frizz.
d. Secure and refine: Use additional bobby pins to secure any loose sections and shape the bun to your desired style.
e. Optional: Add decorative accessories, such as hairpins or a decorative hair comb, to enhance the elegance of the bun.
Low messy bun:
a. Gather the hair: Brush the wig’s hair back and gather it into a low ponytail.
b. Twist and wrap: Twist the ponytail and wrap it around the base, forming a loose, messy bun. Secure with bobby pins.
c. Loosen and tousle: Gently pull and tug at the bun to create a more relaxed and effortless look.
d. Allow some face-framing pieces: Pull out a few strands of hair near the front to frame your face for a softer appearance.
e. Use a texturizing spray or dry shampoo to add volume and texture to the bun.
B. Half-Up, Half-Down Styles.
Twisted half-up style:
a. Section the hair: Take a small section of hair from each side of the wig, near the temples.
b. Twist and secure: Twist each section of hair towards the back of your head and cross them over each other. Secure them in place with bobby pins.
c. Optional: For added volume and texture, gently tease the hair at the crown before creating the twists.
d. Style the remaining hair: Leave the rest of the hair down or style it as desired, such as adding loose curls or waves.
Half-up top knot:
a. Section the hair: Divide the wig into two sections horizontally, separating the top half from the bottom half.
b. Create a ponytail: Gather the top section of hair into a high ponytail at the crown of your head.
c. Twist and wrap: Twist the ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie, forming a top knot. Secure it with bobby pins.
d. Style the remaining hair: Leave the bottom half of the hair down or style it as desired, such as adding curls or waves.
C. Braided Hairstyles.
Classic French braid:
a. Section the hair: Divide the wig’s hair into three equal sections at the crown of your head.
b. Cross and incorporate: Take the right section and cross it over the middle section, then take the left section and cross it over the middle. Continue crossing and incorporating small sections of hair from each side into the braid as you move towards the nape of your neck.
c. Secure the braid: Once you’ve reached the nape of your neck, continue braiding the hair without incorporating additional sections. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic band.
d. Optional: Gently pull and loosen the braid to create a fuller and more relaxed look.
a. Section the hair: Divide the wig’s hair into two equal sections.
b. Cross and combine: Take a small section of hair from the outer edge of the right section and cross it over to the left section. Repeat the same step on the left side, taking a small section and crossing it over to the right. Continue this crisscross pattern, incorporating small sections from each side as you go.
c. Secure the braid: Once you’ve reached the end of the hair, secure the braid with an elastic band.
d. Optional: Gently pull and loosen the braid for a more voluminous and bohemian look.
a. Section the hair: Divide the wig’s hair into two equal sections horizontally, separating the top half from the bottom half.
b. French braid each section: Starting from one side, create a classic French braid with the top section, moving towards the opposite side of your head. Repeat the same step with the bottom section, braiding it in the opposite direction.
c. Secure the braids: Once you’ve reached the end of each braid, secure them with elastic bands.
d. Cross and pin: Take the ends of the top braid and cross them over to the opposite side, tucking them underneath the braid. Secure them with bobby pins. Repeat this step with the ends of the bottom braid, crossing them over and securing them on the opposite side.
e. Optional: Gently pull and loosen the braids to create a softer and more voluminous look.
IV. Tips and Tricks for a Flawless Look.
Styling your 360 lace wig to achieve a flawless look is not just about the techniques you use; it’s also about incorporating some helpful tips and tricks. In this section, we will share valuable advice to enhance your wig styling experience and ensure your hairstyles look impeccable.
A. Using Styling Products.
Choose wig-friendly products: Opt for styling products that are specifically formulated for wigs, such as wig-friendly hairsprays, mousses, and serums. These products are lighter and less likely to weigh down or damage the hair fibers.
Apply products sparingly: Use a light hand when applying styling products to avoid product buildup, which can make the hair look heavy or greasy. Start with a small amount, and add more if needed.
Avoid oil-based products: Steer clear of oil-based styling products, as they can cause the hair to become greasy and attract dirt and dust more easily. Stick to water-based or lightweight formulas for best results.
Use a shine spray: To add a glossy finish to your hairstyle, consider using a shine spray or a lightweight hair oil. Apply a small amount to your hands and lightly smooth it over the wig’s surface, focusing on the ends.
B. Blending Your Natural Hair.
Choose a wig color that matches your natural hair: Select a wig color that closely matches your natural hair color to achieve a seamless blend. If needed, you can also consider dyeing your wig or having it professionally colored to match your hair perfectly.
Style your natural hair: If you have some hair left out at the front or sides, ensure that it is properly styled and blended with the wig. Straighten, curl, or style your natural hair to match the texture and style of the wig, creating a cohesive and natural look.
Use concealer or foundation: Apply a small amount of concealer or foundation along the hairline to help camouflage any visible lace or gaps. Use a shade that matches your skin tone for a more natural appearance.
C. Customizing Your Wig with Accessories.
Add headbands or scarves: Incorporate headbands or scarves into your wig styles to accessorize and add a touch of personality. Choose colors and patterns that complement your outfit and enhance your overall look.
Experiment with hair accessories: Explore a variety of hair accessories such as clips, hairpins, bows, or flowers to embellish your wig styles. These can add flair, elegance, or a playful touch to your hairstyles.
Try different parting styles: With a 360 lace wig, you have the freedom to experiment with various parting styles. Create a middle part, a side part, or even a zigzag part to switch up your look and find the most flattering style for your face shape.
Use a wig grip or adhesive: To ensure a secure fit and prevent your wig from slipping, consider using a wig grip or adhesive. These accessories can help keep your wig in place, especially during active or prolonged wear.
D. Styling Tips for Specific Occasions.
Casual everyday looks: For everyday wear, opt for natural-looking styles that are low-maintenance, such as loose waves, simple updos, or half-up, half-down styles. These styles are versatile and suitable for various activities and settings.
Formal events or special occasions: For formal events, you can elevate your wig styling with more intricate updos, braided hairstyles, or sleek ponytails. Experiment with voluminous curls, elegant chignons, or glamorous Hollywood waves for a sophisticated look.
Outdoor activities or workouts: If you’re engaging in outdoor activities or exercising while wearing your wig, consider choosing a hairstyle that keeps the hair off your face and neck, such as a high ponytail, braided bun, or a secure updo. Use extra pins or hair ties to ensure the wig stays in place.