Let's Be Real: Who Is Actually Doing The Stocking ...

Let's Be Real: Who Is Actually Doing The Stocking Cap Method Everyday?

The evolution of lace frontals continues to amaze me. In the early 2000's, unless your last name was Knowles or you randomly had a celebrity stylist friend, it used to be painfully obvious when someone attempted to venture out into lace front land. I would hold my easy-to-apply lace closure close, and vow to never be caught dead gluing a frontal to my forehead.

Fast forward to the 2010's, and it seems like if you're not rocking a laid frontal, sis, what is you doin'?

wig cap method

If you've been up on black hair YouTube recently, you've probably seen the latest trend in lace frontals called the wig cap method or stocking cap method. It requires a nylon stocking cap (the kind you use to protect your hair underneath a wig) and a WHOLE LOT of gel.

All of the lace frontals I've seen using this technique look like they're literally melting into the scalp. Forget #IssaFrontal because #IssaScalp! But while the look is undoubtedly laid, I have some questions about this popular technique that need answers:

Question 1: Do you take it off everyday?

From the looks of it, most tutorials I've seen on the style take at least an hour to apply. From laying down the stocking cap to cutting the lace to setting the wig, y'all really have time. I hope all that effort means you can rock the look for at least a week. I've seen some people mention they do this everyday, but with all that gel and (I'd assume) washing your hair in between, issa no from me dawg.

Question 2: When it gets hot out and the gel starts to melt, what is your hair situation?

I totally get doing the stocking cap method in the Fall or Spring when the weather is mild and there is no fear of your frontal lifting up for take off. But what about my ladies trying to slay in humid climates? Heat + humidity + a pound of got2b = not good. Is this method durable in the summer or is everyone just hoping for the best when they leave the house. I love a good protective style during the summer, but this one seems risky.

Question 3: Is it worth it?

There's no denying that the results are BOMB. You know a technique is legit when almost every single tutorial ends in a gorgeous and perfectly blended lace front. However, due to my unanswered questions above, as well as the effort it takes to put it on and take it off, I have to ask—is it worth it? I've seen laid frontals without the stocking cap method, but maybe this method is easier? More secure? Who knows—I clearly don't!

Bonus question: Sooo... everyone is really out here really looking like coneheads underneath their wigs? 

I just need to know.

wig cap method

Jokes aside, if you have the energy for this then you're the real MVP. May your frontal forever be laid! Are you a fan of the wig cap method?


  1. Summer Moore

    17 May

    Are the wigs preplucked & bleached knots? Not sure if I used the right term.

    • Anayo

      21 May

      Hi Summer,

      Most people pre-pluck and bleach the knots - it gives the lace a more scalp-like look.

  2. Jackie

    27 June

    Nylon caps for wigs ? Is it the ones sold in the stores for 2 for $1 ? I want to start wearing lace front wigs

    • Anayo

      3 July

      Different stores sell them at different prices, but yes nylon caps are worn underneath wigs to make them look seamless and protect your hairline

  3. Crystal

    2 August

    Lmao at the conehead comment but I've legit wondered the same thing after attempting this method with my units. I'm in Texas, so you already can imagine how impractical this is during the summer. I'm about to get braids till it gets cold...this ain't worth the struggle!!

    • Anayo

      2 August

      In Texas?! Nope, lol I can only imagine!

  4. Mellie

    2 August

    So why not get a silk base that already looks natural with an elastic band and skip the pint of gel? How long does the gel/cap method last?

    • Anayo

      2 August

      Mellie - I see you have questions that need answers, too! Some people wear it for a few days while I've seen others stretch it to a week.

    • Kristen

      4 September

      I had mine in for 3 weeks but it started slipping second week, I just reapplied the gel. Wouldnt wear it that long ever again tho.

  5. MJ

    2 August

    I can see doing this for a special occasion and in cooler months, but on an everyday basis and in the hot humid months of South Fl? That is a double hell nah! for me lol. Great article though.

    • Anayo

      2 August

      Definitely not everyday in FL! Thanks, MJ!

  6. Linda

    2 August

    This style is not new. They’ve been doing this in Detroit and Atlanta for years. But again, they were pretty costly at first to get. I have a frontal now, I do not use the stocking cap method under my frontal. It’s too much, and my stylist wouldn’t go there. She’s very all about the health of hair. Besides there’s no room for breathing when you’re applying this technique. I have a nice stick of hair. I only wear sew-ins/frontals/closures bc it’s just nice sometimes to change up your style. I do not use that glue at all. I find that the glue, either way, is very messy. I use the “got2” freeze spray. It’s so much better. No mess, No after glue look. Just nice. As far the blow drying technique, I do use that after applying the spray. Nice. I leave mine on. Once a week I’d hv to re-spray. When I work-out, I tie my hair band (similar to video) around the circumference of my head to keep my frontal down. I may hv to reapply spray but not much. Hope this helps.

    • Anayo

      2 August

      Thanks for the tips, Linda! Sounds like it's much more manageable with the freeze spray, and good to know you can workout and the look won't be ruined too much.

    • Kristen

      4 September

      Ive tried the spray and it never holds. How are you applying it?

  7. Concerned

    15 November

    Sooo, I just got a full sew in weave and the person who did it used this method but so far it looks like it's usually only meant for wigs and for a short term? Did she mess me up? Thanks!

    • Brittany Johnson

      28 November

      Hi, everyone's installation method is different so she could be planning on editing it as it continues to grow out, etc. It usually is for shorter term methods but I wouldn't say that you're messed up - the stylist probably has a plan when it comes to her own installation methods. I'm sure she'd be willing to consult with you or discuss your options going forward!

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