I remember seeing some videos from wig wearers who used glue and tape to secure their wigs.    It seemed fairly easy to me, but as a new wig wearer I was concerned about glue and tape, and I, for one, was NOT going to be putting any glue on my sensitive scalp, let alone tape and so I then began searching the topic of “how to wear a lace front wig without glue or tape”.

When my hair began thinning I began researching and exploring the world of wigs and the topic of using glue or tape on a lace front wig, I researched and studied for many hours. I eventually decided that my first purchase would be a lace front wig. I was drawn to lace fronts wigs with something called a “lace closure” because they offered what I thought to be the most natural hairline.   A lace closure is basically the area on the cap that “encloses” the hair, is made from a particular type of lace, and the material works together with a “mono-filament” top which gives the appearance that the hair is growing right out of the scalp.

I also remember being somewhat confused as to how I would take care of the excess lace I was seeing on some wigs and how to deal with long hair wigs. That, however, is a post for another day.  Thankfully, today most if not all of the wigs I’ve purchased come with that lace already trimmed.

Lace Front vs. Full Lace Wig

I really wanted to learn what my best option would be OTHER THAN glue or tape for regular wigs. I was concerned about things like allergic reactions and putting any kind of adhesive on my sensitive skin or on my new lace cap wig. Also, I still have my own hair and I had read that glue or tape can pull on natural hair, or perhaps even irritate a natural scalp, especially the hair under the back of the wig or at the nape of your neck.

To be clear, for the purposes of this article when I talk about a lace front wig, I am not talking about a “full lace wig” but rather the lace just being on the front of the wig at the hairline in front.  Manufacturers make lace fronts so that the wig has the appearance of real hair (a side part) and/or a natural scalp, and that is the beauty of a lace front wig, the hairline, and the parting space look very much like how human hair looks.

We all love to have “a new look” and search for new hairstyles now and then.
My own hair loss journey began a few years ago, but thankfully, I still have my natural hair,
and so I will often prefer a fully natural look rather than putting on one of my wigs. 
I do admit to being a huge fan of a wig glue product, so I use “It Stays“. 

I place it just on the upper hairline right around the spot of my widows peak. That usually is all I need to feel confident in my wigs. However, I do have some wigs that I do not use any tape or wig glue or wig tape with and therefore I needed a good alternative to glue or tape.


There are many secure ways you can depend on to wear any wig and you easily find and learn many that are a good alternative to using glue or wig tape. It matters very little whether the wig style is short hair, medium or long. I promise you will find a way to walk, work, and even dance with confidence in your alternative hair. Before we get into some alternatives to wig glue or wig tape I do think its important to remember that before ordering your wig best practices dictate that you should take the time to measure for your piece. I have a video tutorial on that topic here.


#1.  Regular Wig Cap – some people find that all they need is a regular cap under their wig.

Many wig companies will ship the wig and enclose a gift for the consumer, “a wig cap”. To secure the wig without glue or tape, they will then use strategically placed bobby pins and insert them around the sides and base of the wig cap to hold the wig in place. This is one of my favorite ways to secure a wig without glue or tape. It is easy to do, it’s quick and effective

#2.  HOW TO WEAR A LACE FRONT WIG WITHOUT GLUE OR TAPEThe Wig Grip, in my opinion, is one of the most effective ways to secure a wig without tape or glue. 

In the table below you can see three different kinds of wig grips that are available on Amazon.  I love all of these options.   

I have not ordered the silicone grip yet, but I’d like to try it soon.  






#3. Elastic Band Sewn onto a wig The Elastic Band (or Stretchable Band) – Many wigs (especially higher-end wigs) will have an “elastic band (or stretchable band) feature already sewn into them. 

Virtually all of my wigs have this feature, however, if your piece doesn’t have that you can very easily retrofit your wig with one.   

Attached is a screenshot from a video I watched as this wig wearer from “Luvme” shows how it is done.  






#4.  Last but not least: A little secret weapon and a very popular choice.  Wig clips  ARE A VERY POPULAR CHOICE:  If you don’t want to mess around with bobby pins, wig clipsHOW TO WEAR A LACE FRONT WIG WITHOUT GLUE OR TAPE (see above availability from Amazon) are a great way to help secure your wig.  These are specially made for wigs and have a little piece of rubber in the clip to relieve pressure points on the hair and scalp. They work like magic and keep your piece snug and secure.

To conclude I want to share that wig wearing is a huge industry and it is growing all the time. Therefore as time moves forward I’m confident we will continue to see new products come to the market all the time. As for me, my all-time favorite continues to be “IT STAYS”. I find it is a very easy way for me to secure my wigs (even my wigs with sheer lace) and the “glue” does not interfere with the realistic look around the hairline that I want to achieve.   The added bonus is that it is water-soluble and VERY EASY to remove even from the lace area.  Remember … anytime you use a new product “do a small skin test on the inside of your arm” in the event you may have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients in the product.

So whether you use, glue, tape, or any of the methods above, do what is most comfortable, easiest and the least time-consuming for you. Give yourself a little time and experiment with the various ways to wear a lace front wig without glue. The point is to “get out there” and wear your wig. I’ve never had one fall off my head yet.

Happy Wig Wearing …

All my best for all the rest,