Lace front wigs are getting more and more popular among hair lovers. They blend seamlessly into your hair and scalp, making the wig look realistic and natural. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to put on—just glue it to your hairline, and you’re done!
But every lace front wig user knows that the biggest downside of wearing these wigs is the hassle of taking them off. Not only is it tedious and time-consuming, but it can leave remnants of wig glue on your hair and scalp. Yikes!
You might get frazzled and jump into your shower and reach for shampoo when this happens. But it won’t do the trick; it might even make it worse! You need to be more creative and think of ways to break down the adhesive to make it easier to slide off. That’s where we come in.
Whether you’re panicking because you want to get rid of stubborn adhesive stuck on your hairline or just want to find a new way to loosen your wig glue to make taking off your lace front wig easier, we’ve got just the hacks for you. Here are seven easy tips to remove wig glue from your hair.
How to Get Wig Glue Out of Your Hair:
Invest in wig glue remover
The most ideal way to remove wig glue from your hair and scalp is by buying a legitimate wig glue remover. Most wig glue brands will have a matching remover solution made specifically to break down the glue products in the same line.
While this method is quite pricey, it’s the one you can trust to work the most. First off, you can bet it’s going to be compatible with the glue you used. Secondly, it’s a product made explicitly to remove wigs and wig glue, unlike the rest of the products on this list, which are mere household items.
The good news is that using a wig glue remover is a piece of cake. All you have to do is saturate a cotton ball with the glue remover and gently rub it on the area of the wig you’ve glued onto your head. Keep doing this for three minutes, or until the adhesive has loosened up and is ready to peel off.
Rub Vaseline or petroleum jelly on it
If you’re looking for the safest, most gentle way to get rid of wig glue, you can turn to good ol’ Vaseline. You can also use any petroleum jelly brand.
Take a generous amount of Vaseline and slather it all over the glued portion of your lace front wig. Leave it alone for three minutes to give it time to break down and soften the glue.
After three minutes are up, try to move the wig around to check if the adhesive has loosened up. If you feel like it has, take a damp towel and wipe away the Vaseline from your head. Then, simply take off the wig.
Concoct a warm water mixture
In a bowl, combine a cup of warm water, a tablespoon of salt, and a teaspoon of baking soda. Stir with a spoon until the salt and baking soda have dissolved. Then, transfer the liquid over to a clean spray bottle. If you want, you can add a few drops of olive oil for that emollient power and added slip.
Spray the mixture directly onto the glue to saturate it. Let it settle for 10-15 minutes. By then, you can easily remove the wig and glue from your hair.
Although this method is easy, it’s time-consuming. You need to combine all your ingredients first, put everything in a spray bottle, and then sit there for 15 minutes while the glue soaks it all up. However, it’s very effective, so we still highly recommend it!
Dab the glue with any type of oil
Oils are known for their moisturizing, emollient properties. That makes them a godsend for loosening the adhesive of your lace front wig and breaking down the glue.
You can use any type of oil for this, from natural ones like coconut or jojoba oil, or household items you may have at home, like baby oil. Just dip a cotton ball in the oil and rub it slowly across your hairline to loosen up the glue. In about five minutes, the glue will soften significantly, making it easier to take out.
Massage the area with lotion
Like oils, creams and lotions are emollients, too. They do an excellent job at breaking down adhesives, albeit not quite as fast as oil can. That said, it’s still pretty effective, so we’re including it in this list.
Simply apply a generous amount of your favorite lotion or moisturizer over your scalp and hairline. Massage it into the area until the wig and glue can be pulled out easily.
Grab some hair conditioner
If you don’t have oils at home and don’t want to waste your expensive facial cream on removing wig glue, you can always opt for the next best thing—your trusty hair conditioner.
As with the creams and oils, rub the conditioner on the lace front wig’s glue to soften it up a bit. Then, peel off gently.
This is great because almost everyone already has a bottle of conditioner in their shower. Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting too much of it in your hair. In fact, you’ll be rewarded with shinier, more hydrated locks!
Douse it with rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is incredibly effective at removing wig glue from the hair and skin. However, it’s very drying, which can end up damaging your hair and dehydrating your skin. So, you should only consider this method as a last resort, when none of the other methods above have worked for you.
Saturate a cotton ball with some rubbing alcohol and dab it gently on your hairline, where the glue is. In just a few minutes, the adhesive will start to break down. Use your cotton ball to push around and remove the glue a little at a time. When the wig glue has been broken down, it will be very easy to slip off your head.