If you are new to wig-making, then you may be wondering how to bleach knots on a wig. This is a process that is used to make the hair look more natural and less like it is attached to a wig cap. In this guide, we will teach you everything you need to know about bleaching knots on a lace front wig! We will discuss what supplies you need and how to do it. Let’s get started!
What’s a Bleaching knot?
Bleaching knots is the process of using a chemical bleaching agent to lighten the color of the hair on the wig. This is done in order to make the hair look more natural and less like it is attached to a wig cap. The bleaching process can also help to make the hair appear fuller and thicker. When done correctly, bleaching knots can give your wig a more natural look. Bleaching is a permanent hair coloration process that makes your wig look natural as if the hair is growing from your scalp. However, because incorrect bleaching can damage your wig, it’s essential to find a stylist with plenty of experience and expertise.
What are knots, and why do we bleach them?
The knots in a wig are black dots that occur as a result of the hair being implanted into the root zone. These knots make the roots of the hair appear darker than usual. When the hair is bleached, it helps to camouflage these knots and make the hair look more natural. Here are the types of knots we usually meet:
The knots in this type of wig are difficult to see, which is why it is the most popular choice. A small knot ties each individual hair to the complete wig system. Two or three hairs can be tied at a time. The invisible knots give a much more natural appearance. Although it may seem that tying a simple knot is an easy process, keep in mind that knots loosen over time from frequent use. This could lead to excessive hair loss.
This type of knot is especially good for people with thick, heavy hair. Its double-knot system makes it more durable than single-knot systems, so you’ll lose less hair during everyday wear and tear. The double knot technique adds extra strength to the hair but is more visible because it’s bulkier. If you’re looking for a natural appearance, this isn’t the best choice, as people will be able to see the knots easily.
Why do we do bleach knots?
Bleaching the knots on your wig will make it seem more authentic because otherwise, the dark knots are very visible and give away that it’s a wig. Some people try to cover up the knots with makeup or sprays, but they don’t work as well as bleach does, making them less noticeable.
Bleaching Knots Pros and Cons
Knots are bleached to make them less noticeable and as natural-looking as possible, as if they were a natural part of our scalp. Bleached knots primarily make it appear as though the hair is growing from the person’s scalp, giving a much more natural appearance. The concept is that the eye cannot see the knots holding the hair. Here are some pros and cons of bleaching knots:
Pros of bleaching knots on a wig:
- Bleached knots’ main advantage is that they will appear more natural and less noticeable.
- Because the color of the knot will diminish after bleaching, it will appear to the untrained eye to be the scalp.
- This gives the hair’s origin a more authentic appearance.
- Additionally, the wig’s hair continues to be resilient after the knots have been bleached.
- After hair implantation, the black patches in the root zone can be removed thanks to the knot whitening process.
- The hair root won’t seem dark and will be harder to see with the naked eye.
Cons of bleaching knots on a wig:
- The fact that this treatment requires extreme caution is a drawback.
- In an effort to achieve a more natural appearance, it is not advised to bleach extremely aggressively.
- Chemicals used in this technique have the potential to harm hair.
- The lifespan of the wig or hair prosthesis may be shortened by exposure to this chemical procedure. If knots are subjected to vigorous bleaching
- When doing the technique for the first time, patience and the appropriate tools are required. This is done so that the desired impact won’t be ruined.
- Following bleaching, black areas on the wig could deteriorate.
Do You Wash Your Wig Before Bleaching Knots?
You don’t need to clean the wig before lightening the knots because you’ll have to wash it after you bleach them, ensuring all chemicals are removed from the lace. These are the three reasons you won’t have to wash your wig before bleaching the knots:
In order to protect the lace, the hair, and your own hair and scalp from injury, the chemicals used to bleach the knots must be completely washed out. The lace will get weaker if the wig is washed before the knots are bleached. When you wash a wig, it must air-dry, which can take hours or even days. You must ensure that the hair is completely dry before attempting to bleach the lace knots. When applying bleach to the lace while the hair is not completely dry, the bleach may become runny and get on the wig’s hair roots.
Now it’s time to start!
What you need to know before bleaching your wig’s knots
We’ve discussed the reasons for bleaching knots, the benefits and drawbacks of doing so, and whether you should shampoo your wig before bleaching its knots. Before you bleach your wig’s knots, there are a few things you should know to avoid any accidents.
Before you start bleaching your wig’s knots, you should:
Disperse the hair: To avoid any tangles, make sure to brush out the wig thoroughly before starting.
Gloves: It’s important to wear gloves when applying bleach to your wig, as the chemicals can be harmful.
Towel: Have a towel on hand in case of any spillage.
Old toothbrush: An old toothbrush can help you apply the bleach more evenly to the knots.
Mixing bowl: In order to avoid any accidents, it’s best to mix the bleach in a bowl before applying it to your wig.
Bleaching powder: You can buy this from any drugstore.
Professional Developer: This can be bought from a beauty supply store (20 to 30 milliliters).
Aluminum foil: This will help to keep the bleach from seeping through to the hair.
Now that you’ve gathered all of the materials you need, you’re ready to start bleaching your wig’s knots.
Step-by-step procedure for bleaching your knots
Step 1: Prepare the Lace Wig
Before you start creating the bleaching mixture, make sure that your lace wig is ready. Ensure that the lace wig is securely attached to the mannequin’s head, or if you don’t have a mannequin, pin it down onto something with a soft surface like a foam head. Pay close attention to the shorter hairs on the wig as well. When you’re bleaching knots, be sure to separate them from these strands, or they may wind up being dyed along with the knots. After you have put on the lace wig correctly, start spraying water onto the hair’s roots.
Step 2: Prepare the Bleach Mixture
Make careful to put on black nitrile gloves to protect your hands from hazardous chemicals before you begin mixing the bleach. Get the hair bleach and the professional developer once you have your gloves on. Check the directions to see how much to add to make a mixture. If there is no indication of measurement, adhere to the 1:1 ratio as a general guideline. They should be well combined. When the mixture is thick, and the two ingredients have been fully combined. Continue stirring it if it still seems a little runny or watery until you achieve the required consistency.
Step 3: Apply the Bleach Mixture
Start from the back and work your way to the front. Dip the old toothbrush into the mixture and start applying it to the knots. Remember to go slowly, as you don’t want to miss any spots. It’s okay if some of the bleach mixtures get on the hair as well, but try to avoid this as much as possible. Once you have applied the bleach mixture to all of the knots, take the aluminum foil and cover the wig. This will help to keep the heat in and speed up the bleaching process.
Step 4: Wait for the Bleach to Process
The time you will need to wait for the bleach to process will depend on how light or dark your wig is. If you’re bleaching a dark wig, you may need to wait for up to an hour. However, if you’re bleaching a lighter wig, you may only need to wait for 30 minutes. Once the time is up, check to see if the knots have lightened to your desired shade. If they haven’t, you can leave the bleach in for a few minutes longer.
Step 5: Rinse Out the Bleach
Once you’re happy with the shade of your wig’s knots, it’s time to rinse out the bleach. Start by gently shampooing the wig with lukewarm water. Be sure to use a mild shampoo, as anything too harsh could damage the hair. Once you have shampooed the wig, rinse it out with cool water until it runs clear.
Step 6: Condition the Wig
After you have rinsed out the bleach, apply a conditioner to the wig. Again, be sure to use a conditioner that is mild and designed for wigs or hair extensions. Leave the conditioner in for the time specified on the bottle before rinsing it out.
Step 7: Style the Wig
Once you have conditioned the wig, you can style it as you normally would. You may need to use a little bit more heat protectant than usual, as bleached hair is more prone to damage from heat styling.
And that’s it! You’ve now successfully bleached your wig’s knots.
Should I bleach knots on HD lace wig?
Yes, bleaching the knots on the HD lace wigs will make it look more realistic. Two primary explanations are as follows:
- The knots will be more evident because the HD lace is more cleanly cut than the regular lace.
- Given that HD lace costs more than standard lace wigs, you should expect a better wearing experience.
Can we bleach knots twice?
If the wig is its natural black color, we can perform second-knot bleaching. If the wig has been dyed any color, even dark colors, we will only be able to bleach knots once. This is the finest advice to follow in order to protect the wig’s hair quality. A wig’s lifespan could be drastically shortened, or its hair could suffer major damage from too many chemicals.
In a Nutshell
We hope this bleaching guide was helpful for you and that you will consider trying it out on your next wig purchase. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us, and we would be more than happy to help. And remember, always test a small section of hair before bleaching the entire head to avoid any disasters. Have fun and experiment with different shades to see what works best for you!
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