Ask an Expert: Is There a Safe Way to Wear Lace Front Wigs?

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Celebrity hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez has traveled the world, working on everyone from Keke Palmer to Alicia Keys and Shakira. So we’re excited to apply her expertise to your crucial hair concerns. Remember, if you have questions for our experts you can submit them on our submissions page.



I became very worried about wearing lace front wigs after hearing about what happened to Countess Vaughn. She lost her edges and her skin became discolored due to wearing lace fronts. I love the options wigs provide but I don’t want to lose my edges. Is there a safe way to wear lace fronts?

– Janet


Hi Janet,

Lace front wigs can be a total hit or miss when it comes to quality control and maintenance. It has been a hit due to its wearability and its styling versatility. However, most people tend to forget that wigs should also be handled as a protective style as well.

Ideally, the goal is to treat your natural hair and scalp with essential oils prior to installing a wig and to make an appointment to see your stylist bi-weekly for safe removal of the wig as well as treatment of your own hair. The stylist should also properly wash the wig to remove all bacteria build up. If gluing the wig is not your preference and the maintenance is too much, you can also use tape, sew it on, attach clips, or simply place on your head and attach with bobby pins. Using clips and bobby pins are more temporary, however, you will definitely not experience any hair loss and it allows you daily access to your own hair and scalp. The dangers with attaching a lace wig with tape and/or glue is that if they are not removed with the proper solution, it will result in permanent hair loss to your edges.

– Cynthia


Based in New York City, as Cynthia continues building her brand and clientele, she prides herself on making her clients look and feel Red Carpet ready. Check out tons of Cynthia’s beautiful work on her Instagram.

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