4 Easy Ways to Remove Wig Glue

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How to Remove Lace Wig Glue

In this article, I will share with you some tips on how to remove wig glue.

Do you afraid to glue your first wig down? Did you pull your edges out? Did you ruin your lace while trying to get the glue off? 

It seems that people are not confident to remove the glue from their lace front, or lace closure.

So, I spent 2 days researching that on the internet. Now, I list 4 easy ways to remove wig glue. Hope it could help you out.

Ready? let’s go!

women are sad to remove lace wig glue
women are sad to remove lace wig glue

1. Warm Water

Warm water is the most natural and gentle way to remove lace glue without alcohol.

But, it also takes more time.

You can follow the steps below:

First, put the warm water (adding a little baking soda is better) into an empty bottle, or a wet towel with warm water.

Second, spray or scrub the water around the glue and hairline. At the same time, you can use a wig brush to rub it gently helping water penetrate glue quickly.

Then, keep water on glue for around 10 minutes. It is wise to wear on your shower cap to prevent water from dropping off.

Lastly, you can try to tear the lace wig apart gently. 

Notice: You must remember that the process should be slow! So, don’t rush You should repeat the above steps several times if you can’t get the glue residue off.

a wet towel rubbing water
a towel rubbing warm water

2. Oils

Vaseline or emollient oil is also a good option to remove lace wig glue without remover.

Most kinds of oils are efficient to remove glue residues, such as coconut oil, olive oil, tea tree oil, etc.

Similarly, you can wet a washcloth with rubbing oil and rub it into the scalp gently.

Also, keep the oil on glue for some minutes. You can gently massage it.

Then, the oil will soak into the glue and make it easier to remove the wig glue.

Lastly, remember to use a wet towel to wipe the oil out.

coconut oil
coconut oil

3. Wig Glue Remover

In my research, these are common concerns from lace wig wearers:

  • How to remove ghost bond glue from my lace front wig?
  • How to clean got2b glued off lace? 
  • What can I do to remove bold hold wig glue?

The answer is very simple: Wig glue remover.

In the market, there are many brands of wig glue removers, such as Walker Tape, Esha, Miilye, etc.

For your health, I suggest you choose the oil-based solvent to remove wig glues.

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Esha Lace Wig Adhesive Remover

Tips: Please notice these tips before using adhesive solvents:

  • Do not apply to broken, allergic, or irritated skin.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Test on a small area before use.
  • Follow up with a clarifying shampoo to rid the leftover residue.
  • Do not store or use near heat, sparks, or open flame.
  • Keep out of reach of children.

4. Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer, also known as hand disinfectant or hand rub, according to my research, is the most popular choice when it comes to removing wig glues.

types of hand sanitizers
types of hand sanitizers

Why Does Hand Sanitizer Remove the Wig Glue?

The ingredient.

WHO published the following formulations to guide the large production of hand sanitizers. [1]

Let’s check it.

Formulation 1

IngredientVolume required (10-L prep.)Active ingredient % (v/v)
Ethanol 80%8333 mL80%
Glycerol 1.45%145 mL1.45%
Hydrogen peroxide 3%417 mL0.125%
Distilled wateradded to 10000 mL18.425%

Formulation 2

IngredientVolume required (10-L prep.)Active ingredient % (v/v)
Isopropyl alcohol 99.8%7515 mL75.15%
Glycerol145 mL1.45%
Hydrogen peroxide 3%417 mL0.125%
Distilled wateradded to 10000 mL23.425%

As it shows, the main hand sanitizer ingredient is Ethanol and Isopropyl alcohol.

It’s common sense that alcohol and ethanol can dissolve and remove the adhesive. You can get more information on that from here. [2]

That’s it!

Tips: It doesn’t mean any type of alcohol that can be made for hand sanitizer. According to FDA, only ethanol and isopropyl alcohol are allowed to be hand sanitizer ingredients. So, for your health and safety, make sure to check the alcohol type before using it. [3]

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Purell Bulk Hand Sanitizers

Why Hand Sanitizer is Popular to Remove Wig Glue?

There are 3 main reasons for its popularity: Universality, Convenience, and Safety.


In COVID-19, you can buy the hand sanitizer from your nearest drugstores in handy. So, hand sanitizer is regarded as a household necessity these days.

That is to say, you needn’t buy any other products to remove the lace wig glue.

It’s a REAL budget-friendly hack! ws9hIqR93l

a women using the hand sanitizer
Use hand sanitizers in COVID-19


Unlike the water or liquid that usually drops off from your hairline. Hand sanitizers can sit on your lace and scalp in place after putting them on.

Besides, the no-rinse hand sanitizer is more convenient, you don’t have to wash it off like the hair conditioner.

PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel, Clean Scent, 1 Liter Pump Bottle (Pack of 1) – 9632-04-CMR
Purell Hand Sanitizer


You must hear of (or feel) the alcohol is very dry. After you use it, It will dry out the hair, even causing breakouts on the skin. Also, some sis’ scalp may be sensitive to strong alcohols. 

But, hand sanitizer is more gentle for your skin and scalp. Even though it contains alcohol, it’s not so strong as pure alcohol and not harmful to your health (mentioned above).


For most lace wig beginners, it’s a hard thing to remove their lace wig glues. By our methods above, now you must be pretty confident to get the wig adhesive off.

Now, I want to hear from you. What’s your method to remove wig glue? Which product is your favorite to remove the lace front glue? Please leave your comments below.

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Author: Charity Nasike


Charity Nasike is a passionate wig wearer and basically has diverse knowledge related to wigs' care and maintenance. When she's not writing, she's either in the kitchen trying out new recipes or on social media advising fellow ladies tricks to apply on their wigs.

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