Transitioning From Bundle Wefts to Lace Wigs
There’s several benefits when moving from the time consuming installation of bundle hair extensions to wearing a versatile lace wig. When transitioning from bundle wefts to Lace wigs gives you several advantages especially the option to freestyle parting( you can virtually part the hair in any direction on full lace wigs) without exposing weft tracks. Which can be very embarrassing and daunting to one’s ego
Starting with Glueless Full Lace Wigs are essentially the best approach or 360 Frontal Wigs where no glues or tapes are required. With 360 Frontal Wigs one may opt to having tapes but it’s highly not necessary as long as you have the lace material trimmed as close to your hairline and always choosing the preferred lace color to compliment your complexion. Choosing the hair texture closest the your natural hairline will blend exceptionally well that it’s possible to achieve the optimal undetectable wear.
The disadvantage with wearing bundles are exposing the sewn track if not installed properly- very hard to place in a very high ponytail unlike full lace wigs.
- Bundles take an excessive time to install. From Treating your scalp (greasing scalp)
- Braiding your natural hair – typically 20 minutes or more depending on thickness of your natural hair.
- Using protective weaving net – trimming then sewing it on your natural braided hair
- Sewing the bundles on the weaving net – 45 mins. or more
- Finalizing your preferred hair style
Compared to wearing a Lace wig installation
- Treat your natural scalp
- Braiding / wrapping your natural hair
- Wearing a protective wig cap
- Trimming Lace to blend with hairline – (optional using wig tapes or liquid if glues)
- Finally placing the wig on your head
One factor to transitioning to lace wigs will be a slight cost difference. Gaining knowledge on which lace wig cap is best suited for you.
360 Frontal Wigs – ideal gateway to transitioning to lace wigs as this 360 wig design host simple wefts in the center with its anatomic arc and a elastic mesh cap for proper ventilation. Giving the option to style your new 360 wig in a high ponytail and several other styling option. This wig cap has durable and secure fitting features like four combs and adjustable straps to achieve a snug fit.
Full Lace Wigs – This particular wigs gives the wearer freedom to style in virtually any direction. With its “freestyle” parting option as well styling this wig is a breeze from high buns . center-part styling. Adjusting your hairstyle is endless with the type of wig cap. But this will require a few wig tapes and or wig liquid glues. Wig glues can last anywhere from 2 weeks up to a month depending on your chemistry with these adhesives.
Lace Front Wigs – A third option during a transition from bundles to lace wigs are these lace front wigs – with two distinctive wig cap designs cap A – boast soft lace material in the front and machine wefts for ventilation with 3 – 4 combs inside.
With the lace front wig cap B – Has the same features as cap A but the wefts are sown on to a ventilated elasticated cap and has an added bonus lace material at the nape so you can wear this unit in a mid ponytail.
Side note: During the transition you will want to whether it be yourself or stylist change the braiding pattern of your natural hair .
Changing the braid pattern will give less tension to the scalp. Never allow your natural hair to be braided extremely tight – this is the gateway to traction alopecia!
What’s Traction Alopecia ??
Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss where the hair thins out after prolonged stress on the hair follicle, and it’s most common around the front hairline. It’s estimated that one third of African-American women have traction alopecia, from styles and styling techniques that put a lot of pressure on the hair, like wearing tight braids or extensions, putting significant heat on the hairline, getting chemical relaxers, installing a weave, repeatedly using tight sponge rollers, and brushing already fragile hairs.
Signs of traction alopecia:
• redness of the scalp
• soreness or stinging of your scalp
• folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles)
• pus-filled blisters on your scalp
Eventually, the hair follicles can become so damaged and scarred that they can’t produce new hair.
When transitioning from bundles to lace wigs for the first time , one should always do proper research , test all the possible hair glues first to avert any possible allergic reactions. Lastly, comfort – any lace wigs you wear should always lay comfortably on your head as well giving your scalp ventilation for proper circulation.