Bleaching Knots like a pro- Everything you need to know and more

Bleaching Knots like a pro- Everything you need to know and more

    Achieving Flawless knots: The Expert's Guide to Bleaching your lace

                  HD lace closure

Bleaching the knots on a lace wig or closure is a crucial step to achieving a natural look. This process lightens the appearance of the knots, making them less noticeable and more closely resembling a natural scalp. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to bleach lace knots effectively.

What You'll Need

  • Bleach powder
  • Developer (20 or 30 volume)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing brush
  • Gloves
  • Aluminum foil
  • Neutralizing shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Water

Before starting, gather all the necessary materials. We want to avoid any unnecessary mess. Make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling bleach fumes.

To Bleach knots or not to bleach knots 

Bleaching the knots of a lace front wig is a technique used to make the wig's hairline appear more natural. The "knots" are where the individual hair strands are tied to the lace base. By bleaching these knots, they become less visible, mimicking the appearance of natural hair growing from the scalp. This process involves applying bleach or lightener to the underside of the lace, where the knots are located and carefully monitoring the development to avoid over-processing. It's essential to use quality bleach, follow safety precautions, and rinse thoroughly to ensure the integrity and longevity of the wig. Properly bleaching the knots can greatly enhance the realism of the wig when worn.

Step-by-step instructions:

Purchase produce needed. 

  1. Developer 
  2. Bleach powder
  3. Mixing bowl
  4. Applicator brush 
  5. Gloves
  6. Shampoo & Conditioner 
  7. Towels
  8. Old T-shirt 
  9. Timer 

 Step 1: Prepare the Mixture

  • Mix bleach powder and developer in a mixing bowl to form a creamy consistency.

    Summary: Ensure the mixture is not too runny or too thick. A creamy consistency is ideal for easy application.

Step 2: Test Strand

  • Perform a strand test on a small section of the lace to determine the processing time needed.

    Summary: Testing on a small section helps you avoid over-processing or damaging the lace. Most lace that are over-bleached will eventually lead to hair shedding and bold spots throughout the lace.                                                                           

 What to do if you overbleach your knots?

  1. 1. Check the lace to see if the hair has started to shed.
  2. 2. If the answer to the previous question is no, then immediately rinse out the product with cold water only. 
  3. 3. Use a shampoo to wash out any remaining bleach on the lace.
  4. 4. If the hair is manageable, begin to detangle starting from the bottom working your way upwards to the lace.  using a ___brush 
  5. 5. Using cold water rinse out any remaining shampoo & bleach build up.
  6. 6.  Condition your lace, and rise out. Use a leave-in conditioner to help lock in moisture.  

Step 3: Apply the Mixture

  • Apply the bleach mixture to the lace, focusing on the knots using a mixing brush. [hint* the consistency should be thick, not runny]

  • Wrap the bleached area with aluminum foil to prevent the bleach from drying out.

    Summary: Ensure you cover all the knots evenly with the bleach mixture to achieve uniform lightening.

Step 4: Monitor Processing

  • Check the lace every 5-10 minutes to monitor the lightening process

  • Summary: It's essential to keep an eye on the processing to achieve the desired lightness without over-bleaching.

Step 5: Rinse and Neutralize

  • Rinse the bleach out with cold  water once the knots reach the desired lightness.

  • Wash the lace with neutralizing shampoo to stop the bleaching process.

    Summary: Proper rinsing and neutralizing ensure the bleach is completely removed and stops the lightening process.


Step 6: Condition

  • Apply conditioner to the lace to restore moisture and softness.

  • Rinse thoroughly with cold water and let it air dry.

    Summary: Conditioning helps maintain the integrity of the lace and keeps it soft and manageable.

Tips for Best Results

  • Always wear gloves to protect your hands from the bleach.
  • Use a lower volume developer (20 or 30 volume) to minimize damage to the lace.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling bleach fumes.
  • Avoid over-processing to prevent damaging the lace or causing breakage.


Bleaching knots on lace can be an effective way to achieve a natural-looking wig or closure. By following this step-by-step guide and using the right materials, you can lighten the knots without compromising the quality of the lace. Remember to always take precautions and test on a small section of the lace/hair to ensure the time needed for the lace to process. This step is important, don't skip it. Happy Bleaching!

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