As part of 'Wigs 101' our new, back-to-basics series in celebration of the new year, we're taking you through glueless wigs: what they are, the pros and cons, and how to attach them for the best result. So if you've ever asked yourself: 'What are glueless' wigs, keep reading.
What Are Glueless Lace Wigs?
Like the name suggests, glueless wigs are full lace wigs that don't require the use of glue or similar adhesives to stay attached. Traditionally, these wigs will come with combs, bands, or clips already installed to allow the wearer to secure the wig to their head without the need for glue. Sometimes glueless lace units will even come with a combination of the aforementioned attachment methods. For example, a glueless lace unit might come with an adjustable elastic band at the back of the wig to allow the wearer to tighten and loosen it as they see fit and will also come with combs at the sides of the unit for added security.
Depending on manufacturers and makers, there can be differences in the combination of attachment methods supplied with the wig alongside differences in the size of the clips, the type of band used, and the combination (if any) of attachment methods.
Some people are so particular about how they like their glueless wigs, that they buy a regular full lace wig without pre-existing attachments and tailor it to their own needs by adding their own bands, clips, or combs.
Why Are Glueless Wigs Popular?
Glueless wigs are popular among wig wearers for many reasons. Besides being readily available in a variety of colours and styles, they negate the need for glue which can be difficult to use, expensive over time and when used excessively over a long period of time, can even cause skin reactions and contribute to hair loss.
Instagram | Glueless Wig Unit by A-List Lace Hair
Glueless wigs are also relatively quick and easy to apply, allowing the wearer to take it off daily for example before bed. This is especially useful when wearing wigs as a protective style as the freedom to apply and remove the wigs at will allows you to take care of the natural hair underneath when needed.
However, just like too much glue and/or similar adhesives, bands, combs, and clips can also cause adverse effects on natural hair over time. Clips and combs, in particular, can contribute to traction alopecia when worn over long periods of time.
So What Is The Best Way To Attach A Glueless Wig?
The Wig Fix by The Renatural was specially designed to work with full circumference glueless wig units. A well-designed silicone hair gripper fashioned like a headband, the Wig Fix is the world's first wig innovation in 55 years (no, we're not joking). Using the natural gripping abilities of silicone, it keeps wigs secured without the need for glue, tape or even combs and clips. It also protects natural hair while stimulating hair growth. How you ask? When the Wig Fix is compressed onto the scalp, it creates a micro-climate between the skin and the silicone.
This closed, healing environment is called occlusion which allows for the moisture from the skin to draw up to the surface layer creating a protective barrier for the scalp and existing hair.
The Wig Fix's unique patent-pending textured silicone design uses gentle and comfortable compression against the scalp, which is automatically activated when worn. The residual effects stimulate increased blood flow which in turn encourages thicker natural hair growth over time.
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