How Do You Take Care Of A Lace Front Wig?

How Do You Take Care Of A Lace Front Wig?

Diva by Ellen Wille

When deciding between different wig designs, you might be wondering exactly how to take care of a  lace front wig  and how long should it last? The answer is 100% up to you.  Generally speaking, it should last anywhere from 3 months up to 3 years depending on the type of fiber it’s made with, how often you wear it and how you take care of it. Knowing how to care for and how to maintain a lace front wig are keys to its longevity. Proper sizing is also crucial so we’ll dive into this as well. Lace fronts aren’t exactly delicate, they’re meant to hold up to wear, but they also aren’t impervious to damage either.  

Human hair lace front wigs could have a longer lifespan than synthetic lace front wigs. This isn’t because the lace front itself lasts longer, it’s because human hair will outlive synthetic fiber. A lace front human hair wig can last 1-3 years whereas it’s likely that you’ll get 3-6 months of wear with a synthetic. Lifespan within that general range can be shortened or lengthened depending on frequency of wear and how well it’s taken care of. Wigs can even last longer than those time frames mentioned if they aren’t worn frequently or they’re rotated (having a few different wigs that you switch between as opposed to wearing the same one every day). 



Knowing how to properly put your wig on and adjust it, which styling tools and products to use, how to wash and dry different fibers, as well as safely storing it between wears all play into your care regimen. It’s imperative to use care and styling products specially formulated for each fiber and to avoid thermal styling tools touching your lace front. The prongs and bristles of certain combs and brushes can also ruin the lace so be sure to use only those designed for hand-tied cap designs.  Watch our video here to learn how to wash a human hair or synthetic wig.

Does Wig Head Size Matter?  YES!!

Video Tutorial:  Finding the Right Wig Size

Correct sizing is equally as important in protecting your lace front. Always measure your head to determine the cap size that’s right for you because a wig with too tight of a circumference can cause the lace to tear or fray. A circumference that’s too tight or loose can also be uncomfortable from pressing into or rubbing against your skin. 

Making sure to adjust your wig by the ear tabs and nape as opposed to adjusting by your lace front will also prevent damage to it. Repetitive pulling on a lace front can and will cause tearing or fraying.


It’s important to know that ready-to-wear wigs offer different types of lace fronts; extended, ear to ear, and mini being the most common. Each style is carefully crafted with one of these designs and at, we’ll always provide this information for each of our wigs so that you know what you’re getting. 

Extended lace fronts offer the most natural hairline because they reach from temple to temple. 

Here are some of our customer’s favorite lace front wigs:

Extended lace front on Tab by Ellen Wille

Tab by Ellen Wille is one of our most popular short styles with an extended lace front. This synthetic pixie has bold, short layers that can be styled in a multitude of looks. Click here to see a Video for Tab by Ellen Wille.

Real Deal by Raquel Welch   is exactly what it says it is, the real deal!.  It's a modern bob with a combination of extended lace front and monofilament top. Made with heat-friendly fiber, this practical and chic style looks and feels like human hair, and can be heat styled using thermal styling tools.  Want to see more of the Real Deal?  Watch this video of Real Deal by Raquel Welch.

Ellen Wille Drive

Drive by Ellen Wille is the perfect long bob (or “lob”) with extended lace front and monofilament part. Also made with heat-friendly fiber, you can transform its tresses with a waving wand to create casual, beachy waves.  Check out one of our customers Unboxing Drive by Ellen Wille!

Jamila Plus by Ellen Wille, a mid-length voluminous synthetic style with beautiful curls, has an extended lace front with open wefted cap for breathability. Its density mimics biological hair and requires little to no customization or thinning.


Ellen Wille Tabu in Lavender Rooted

Tabu by Ellen Wille  is unique in its color selection offering 4 gorgeous pastel colors; Ice-Blue, Lavender, Rose-Blonde, and Rosewood. With a soft and effortless wave and a wefted cap for the perfect amount of volume, this on-trend heat-friendly style fits any occasion. Tabu features a mini lace front that gives you just enough lift to keep the hair parted out of your face. Want to see if Tabu is right for you, watch:  Video of Tabu by Ellen Wille

So we’ve discussed longevity and factors that play into it, but how long can you keep a lace front wig on for? Can you sleep with a lace front wig on? Can you shower with a lace front wig on or wear it when swimming? Although you technically can do all of these things with a wig on, some a little easier than others, we wouldn’t advise it because it will wear out much faster by doing these things.  We recommend that you remove your wig at the end of the day and place it on a wig stand to safely store it until you wear it next. 

Click here to learn more about proper wig care and styling techniques from our Wig Experts. We want you to get the most life out of your wig!  Follow these tips and you will be set up for success!

1 comment

This is so cool. I’ve been doing lace fronts and wigs and I never washed them. Thanks

Yolanda Harper

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