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How To: “Bald Cap Method”

This will not only have your wig looking like it has been professionally installed but it helps keep your braids underneath fresh a little longer. The “Bald Cap Method” isn’t just for when you are gluing your wig down. It can be used on your Glueless Wigs as well. Before, we dive in let’s talk about what the "Bald Cap Method” is and some of its perks. This method uses a wig cap (nylon stocking cap) to act as a barrier between your wig and natural hair. This process keeps your wig from slipping back and gives you a realistic look. Not to mention, it helps keep all your edges intact. The Bald Cap Method can last anywhere from 1-2 weeks depending on the care. Making it super easy to pop on your wig and get your day started. Another benefit you'll love, for Glueless Units your lace will last longer and look brand new every time because you're not using any adhesive on your lace. Your wig will be slayed and giving scalp (make sure your knots are bleached on the unit; if not check out my blog How To: Apply A Frontal or Closure for that information). Now, let’s start with the items you will need.

Materials:

  • Wig Cap (use a color that is close to your skin tone)

  • Adhesive Spray (ex: gots2b freeze spray)

  • Blow Dryer

  • Brush

  • Rat-tail Comb

  • Powder Foundation

  • Scissors (brow scissors are much easier to use)

  • Needle &Thread (optional)

  • Wig


Now that you have everything you need let’s start! Always start with your hair braided down. The most common braiding foundation is straight back corn rows (8 to 10 is ideal). Depending on the length or thickness of your hair you may need more corn rows or you can place your hair in a low ponytail and pin the back up (for short hair mold your hair down using gel). The goal is that you have a flat foundation so that your wig is flat and not lumpy giving helmet head.

  • Grab your Adhesive spray and apply to your entire hairline. Then brush your hair back so that it is out the way. Note: Whether you have a closure or frontal unit, you will follow this method.

  • Use your Blow Dryer to help dry the G2b spray until you feel its' becomes “tacky”. This should take 2-3 minutes in total. Tip: Alternative between cool and hot temperature so that you don’t burn yourself.

  • Grab the wig cap and put it on your head. Gently pull the cap to the front, until it covers your eyes and ears or to the brow bone. I know this is a little bit uncomfortable and you look crazy lol but trust the process babes. The reason for this is to stretch the stocking cap so it becomes thinner, making it "melt" much easier. Carefully cut your ears and or eyes out the wig cap. BE EXTRA CAREFUL!

  • Spray your adhesive along the hairline to lock the stocking cap in place. Use the blow dryer and the tail end of your comb to bond the stocking cap with your skin (make sure you move the comb forward so that you don’t cause the cap to roll back). Do this until your entire cap is locked in place (it should feel tacky) make sure its not wet; this will cause your cap to roll back and start slipping. Note: You want to apply a little bit more adhesive spray on the area where your sideburns are. If you have a closure unit this step isn’t all that important, but for frontals this is a MUST (the section near the sideburns almost always lift first).

  • Use the scissors to cut the excess cap off (for closure units you will have to sew down the sides and the back of the of the cap before cutting the excess cap off to keep it secure on the head). When cutting, start in the middle of your forehead from the eye area by cutting up towards the hairline; do not cut into the hairline, use the dry adhesive "stain" as a stopping point and a guideline as you remove the extra cap. Make sure you get as close as you can to the hairline without causing the cap to roll back. You may see some “frays”(straggly ends on the material) but don’t worry we will fix that by applying some adhesive spay on your finger and dabbing it on the edge of the cap; use your rattail comb to bond it to your skin while blow drying (repeat until you don’t see any frays).

  • Grab your powder foundation and make up brush to apply it to your cap. Be mindful not to apply too much to avoid the "cakey" (buildup of makeup) look. To blend properly dab the foundation along your hairline and across the crown of your head (front area); for closures apply it to the whole cap. To lock in your make up, lightly apply the adhesive spray to that area and allow it to dry.

  • Sew down the excess cap that will be left in the back of your head (this step is optional for frontal units only) or you can repeat the steps above all the way around the cap (seeing would be easier). To be honest, you can leave it loose since your Glueless Unit will cover it. It will also give you the option to slip your hand back there and give your scalp some TLC (tender loving care).

Now, put your glueless wig on or begin to start your wig or sew-in install.

Remember it may not be perfect the first time but with practice you will get the hang of it.

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