There’s a big margin of lace mesh on my custom wig or beard. Can I cut it off?
Please don’t. We send most of our pieces out with some extra lace. That gives us a little wiggle room if you try your item on and we need to make adjustments. So there is a very small amount of the lace edge that you may be able to trim away without damaging the piece. But ultimately, you should leave as much lace as possible.
But the lace seems really obvious. Won’t everyone be able to see it?
We use fine stage grade lace for our wigs. It’s thin, flexible and transparent. When your wig or facial hair is applied properly, and the lace is clean, it will be very unnoticeable. In most cases, someone would need to be looking for the lace to see it. Having said that, it’s not invisible and there is always the possibility someone will see it.
But if you trim away too much of that lace edge, two problems occur. The first is that you’ll dramatically shorten the lifespan of your piece. Those tiny knots of hair along the edge will fall out if the lace is cut around them. The second issue is that the lace edge, and the knots tied into it, are designed to make a soft, natural looking hairline. When you cut away that margin, you leave a harder, heavier line behind that can actually be MORE noticeable.
The lace also plays an important role in keeping your piece attached and well-fitted.
Ok, so can I hide it with makeup?
Unfortunately, no. The lace is a raised surface of tiny holes. If you put makeup over it, you simply end up with makeup collecting in those tiny holes. That makes the lace much more visible. And it’s not good for the lace in the long-term, either.
But the lace edge on my beard is covering my mouth. Or the lace on my wig is covering one of my ears.
While it’s really important to leave as much lace in place as you can, there are some areas of the face and head where there is simply less room for lace. We’ll build the pieces to accommodate your ears and facial features. But you’ll likely need to make very conservative trims around your mouth or over your ears to ensure the lace isn’t covering those.
The bottom line is that you should strive to leave at least 3/8″ of lace margin on any piece. When that’s not possible due to facial contours, you can carefully trim away more. But please be conservative – trim slowly and only take off as much as you need to uncover your mouth, nose, ears or eyebrows!
If you have questions about trimming the lace edge on your pieces, check out Trimming Lace. And don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask for help!