Should You Sew -In or Glue On Your Lace Wig? A “How to” & Which One Should You Choose?


Do you struggle choosing which install is the better option for you? Should you choose to sew-in your lace wig or use adhesive when both have their own advantages and disadvantages.

We’ve gone back and forth, just like you have, and we think it comes down to (yes,  you guessed it) … you.

But, don’t give up yet because we’re going to help you make sense of these critical questions and in the process, show you just how to achieve a more long-term natural, secure lace wig install by focusing on sewing in your lace wig, if that’s what you choose to do.


Sew In Your Lace Wig Pros and Cons


Opt for a sew-in ( especially when you purchase a high quality lace wig). Why?

  1.  It’s usually the cheapest option. In some cases, it can be much less expensive than other types of weaves and wig installs since it is a long-term choice.
  2. You’re able to experiment and style your wig in different ways, for example, straight one day, curly the next. Save your money on chemicals and perms and avoid damaging your own hair.
  3. Sew-ins protect your hair because it gets much needed rest to grow healthier.  Protect your real hair from the elements while the extension hair absorbs daily wear and tear.
  4. It is less damaging to your hairline if you don’t know how to apply and remove lace wig adhesives.
  5. It looks more natural and it feels more like your own hair because its securely on your head for a longer period of time.


Here’s where sewing in your lace wig might be a problem…


  1. Lets be honest. It may appear costly up-front if you don’t know how to install your lace wig yourself and need the service of a professional after forking out a small fortune for a good quality lace wig (which is why we decided to include and empower you with the step by step video tutorial below).
  2. If done incorrectly and your braids are too tight, you could run the risk of tension damage on your hair.
  3. You’re stuck to one lace wig longer and sew-ins can limit your up-do styles. Your wig may be noticeable when you tie it up in a braid or ponytail.
  4.  Keep in mind that when purchasing cheaper options you run the risk of buying poor quality hair. If you choose a low quality lace wig you could end up removing it earlier than you expected to;
  5. And when you take out your lace wig – if you use invisible thread – it can be difficult to tell the thread from your hair and you run risk of cutting your real hair or destroying your lace wig.


 Okay, how about choosing to glue on your lace wig?


  1. If you’re anything like us, we LOVE to switch up styles. Hair is an accessory and where’s the fun in being limited to just one style?  And up-do’s? Tie up your hair and style it and you won’t have worry about it being noticeable to others.
  2. Gluing on your lace wig is cheaper if you just can’t get your DIY sew-in game tight plus, its quicker than the sew-in process; just apply the adhesive and you’re all set.
  3. It’s easy to remove and re-install over and over again with an adhesive.


And as you already may have experienced…



There are some disadvantages to gluing on your lace wig.

  1. Apply it incorrectly and you’ll damage you precious baby hair. Glues and adhesives contain potentially harmful chemicals that potentially cause allergic reactions. Thankfully some glues are water-based, however, be sure to ask your hairdresser what type they use.
  2. It’s less secure than a sew in and;
  3. It doesn’t last long so your real hair isn’t protected from the elements long enough to give it the rest it needs.


So if you’re you going to choose a more long-term option this time, here is how to install your lace wig using the sew-in method. Do your thing girl!


 Lace Wig Sew- In Tutorial:

What you will need…

1. Banana Clips
2. An old tooth brush
3. Large bristle brush
4. Weaving thread
5. Curved Weaving needle
6. Your Full Lace Wig