What is a "lace front wig"? How is it different from a standard wig?
In a lace front wig, the front hairline portion of the cap is made out of delicate, sheer lace material. The lace material used (usually either Swiss lace or French lace) is knotted into the cap and is virtually undetectable to the naked eye when placed against the skin. Lace front wigs give the illusion of natural hair growth from the scalp, and are therefore a great option for those desiring an appearance of naturally growing hair. Lace front wigs are made with human or synthetic hair and come in different sizes, shapes, forms, and types. They are often a top choice among celebrities (such as Beyonce, Oprah, and Tyra Banks) because of their natural look.
Are Lace Front Wigs Applied Differently than Other Wigs?
Some lace front caps are applied with a safe, specially designed adhesive or tape, while others do not require any adhesive or tape. For the most realistic look, however, you will want to secure any extended lace material to your forehead with some type of adhesive.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of lace front wigs compared with standard wigs?
Natural Front Appearance and Overall Illusion Of Natural Hair Growth
Lace front wigs mimic natural hair growth to create a realistic look. In a manner similar to the growth pattern of real hair, lace front wigs begin with a thin layer of hairs at the front and then gradually thicken in size, volume, and length as the hair moves back on the scalp. Many wigs also include baby hair at the hairline for a convincing finishing touch.
The realistic, sheer lace front allows you to style your wig in a variety of looks. The hair part can be placed anywhere, and the hair can even be styled off the face.
The delicate nature of the lace material in lace front wigs makes them susceptible to damage, especially with frequent styling and wear. Therefore, lace front wigs require regular and careful maintenance for optimal wig longevity. This is perhaps the greatest disadvantage to lace front wigs.
Because lace front wigs involve meticulous hand-knotting, they are often higher in price than non-lace wigs.
Is a lace front wig the right choice for me?
Lace front wigs offer hair solutions for a variety of needs and context. For those in search of wigs that will mimic natural hair growth at the hairline, lace front wigs have much to offer with regard to convenience and styling versatility. However, lace front wigs may not be the ideal choice if you are looking for an easy-care, durable, and inexpensive hair solution.