Hey there, if you're new to the lace frontal wig or lace closure wig, then you probably don't know a thing about bleaching knots. And if you're someone who hears that term often but doesn't know if it's necessary to try we understand your dilemma. Well, luckily today we want to inform you that Bleaching Knots isn't as complicated as it appears. There is so much to know and learn about this method. So, we are going to give you a step by step guide into how to bleach your knots for beginners. Let’s get right into everything that you’ll need to know.
What does bleaching your knots mean?
So, bleaching knots is usually always tied to having a lace closure.or lace frontal. When manufacturers create these closures and frontals, there is often a dark knot where they secure the hair strand. When the buyers or people like us receive the weave the lace part looks unnatural to what the color of our scalps is. So, bleaching the knots or lightening them will help the hair appear natural and as if it is growing from our scalp.
Why should you bleach your knots on your lace front wig?
The number one reason for bleaching knots on your lace wig is to mimic the look of your natural scalp. Bleaching knots also mean that you are lifting the pigmentation from the root of the black hair so that all you can see is the individual strands attached to the lace. This method is the best and most efficient way to give your overall hairstyle a more seamless look.
What you should know before bleaching your knots!
Prepare for a mess. Bleaching anything is no funny business, and you want to prepare just in case there are any accidents or mess ups.
Quick Time. Bleaching knots does not take a long time. Set up and processing time should take you no longer than 20 minutes altogether.
Wear Gloves! Whenever dealing with harsh chemicals, you want to ensure that you are wearing the correct safety gear. We would hate for you to bleach your skin so pick up an extra pair of rubber gloves before bleaching knots.
Step by step lace wig knot bleaching for beginners.
Things you will need:
Lace closure wig or Lace front wig
One pack of Bleaching Powder (BW2)
One small bottle of Bleach Developer 40
Tint/ Dye brush
Steps by step
Pour the bleach powder into the bowl and add three caps full of developer into the bowl as well.
Next, grab your small dye brush and begin stirring up the contents in that bowl. You want the consistency of the bleach to be that of a thick milkshake or a paste. If the mixture is too thin the bleach with not dye the knots properly or worst the mixture will seep through and begin to bleach the hair. Keep adding in developer and bleach until you get the consistency you want.
Now, place plastic bags or newspaper on the countertop or location where you will be dying the knots to help prevent creating a huge mess. Lay the closure on its backside and on top of the plastic bags.
Next, you will take the dye brush with the bleach and place it on to the closure. This process is critical; you want to make small strokes and light dabbing motions.
After about 15 minutes you can check on the lace in the closure and see if the color is like that of your scalp. Fifteen minutes usually does the trick, but you can rinse off a little of the bleach and see the color change if it's not where you would like it to be leave the bleach on for a few minutes longer but never leave on longer for 30 minutes.
Now, once the closure is at the perfect color, rinse the bleach out immediately with cold water. The water itself is what stops the bleaching process, so you want to make sure all the chemicals are out. While rinsing out the closure go through it with a purple shampoo to properly clean the lace so that you don’t have any leftover bleach or dye that will later come in contact with your head. Also, purple shampoo cancels out the red or orange brassy tone you usually will see when bleaching lace.
While washing the closure go ahead and co-wash the rest of the hair including the other bundles. When you finish the wash process, you can go ahead, and towel dry the wig and start with the installation process.
Risks of bleaching knots on lace front wig.
There are a few risks that come along with bleaching knots in your lace front wig. No need to worry we will let you know how the risks and how to prevent them from happening at all costs. First risk people come across is over bleaching knots. It is vital that you don't leave the chemicals on the closure for an extended period or it could damage the hair and lace as well. We would hate for your new precious bundles to begin to shed or lose its luster. Another risk is accidentally bleaching the wig. You do not want the bleach to get on to the hair, or you will have to do color correction. If you have a multiple part closure, make sure you are applying the bleach throughout the sections with light strokes. The last risk is bleaching or burning your hands. Remember earlier in this post we talk about wearing rubber gloves. Bleach can be hazardous when it meets your skin, so wearing gloves will prevent any damage or skin irritation.
Bleaching knots before and after
In the picture below you can visibly see the difference when you bleach your knots. The average closure out the pack is darker more see-through and has no type of color. The closure that is bleached has texture, a more natural finish with less visibility of the dark knots on the lace.
Will you bleach your knots next time?
So, as you can see bleaching knots on your wig can help it appear more natural. Another option people try is using makeup to cover the lace. Getting a foundation powder to match the complexion of your scalp can give the same effect of hiding the black knots. The only downside is that the makeup will not look as natural as bleaching the knots will, but it is a plan B for those of you too nervous to try the bleaching method. We hope this blog post encourages you all to try this technique yourself. If bleaching knots is something you’re great at, we would love to hear some of your tips! Leave your feedback in the comment section down below.