If you’ve ever shopped for wigs then you probably know of lace wigs and lace fronts, but you might not understand the benefits and differences compared to other types of wigs. In essence, lace wigs feature a delicate, hand-woven base which can create a more realistic look and feel than the thicker bases you would find on a cheaper style of wig. A lace front is a combination of two types of base, with a lighter lace section at the front to create a more realistic hairline and a stronger base toward the back. First we can take a look at some of the key benefits of opting for this style.
The main reason that lace wigs are popular is that they provide a more realistic look. If the wig is made to a high enough standard and attached to your head professionally with suitable glue, the sheer lace layer will be effectively invisible and the wig will look exactly like your real hair. You can even dye the lace to match your skin tone to ensure it’s completely invisible.
A lace front is easy to style in different ways because of the versatile parting you can create from having a clean and realistic hairline at the front. If you want to wear your hair up and expose the back you’ll need to use a full lace wig to get the same effect all over, but that way you really can style your wig exactly as you would your real hair.
Since lace wigs have light, soft caps they’re comfortable to wear for long periods of time and won’t scratch your head. If the wig is glued in place properly it won’t come loose so you can keep it on for weeks at a time, but the material also allows your scalp to breathe and it won’t become too hot and uncomfortable.
The main problems associated with lace wigs stem from the fact that they are very intricate and delicate. Here are the two primary disadvantages of this that you will want to consider before making a purchase.
Being hand-woven, lace wigs are very labour intensive to produce and this bumps up the cost. People are willing to pay a lot more for something that’s much more realistic and comfortable than a basic wig, so you’re unlikely to find a good one for a low price.
The biggest issue with lace wigs even if you don’t mind paying for them is that they won’t last very long. It’s easy to damage the delicate base and once you start to rip the fabric of the wig it’s going to affect the realistic look of your hairstyle. It’s necessary to take extra care when looking after these wigs and you’ll need to use gentle products on them to make them last longer, but even then you can only expect a lace wig to last around six months with regular use.