Lace front wigs are a favorite for many, but are lace front wigs better than regular wigs? Both have their advantages so you may want to view different cap designs when choosing your wig based on style goals and possibly type of hair loss.
First let’s break down what a lace front wig is—a wig that’s constructed with a sheer lace material on the front hairline, where each strand of hair is hand-tied to the lace to give the illusion of natural hair growth. If you like to wear your hair off your face or like to change your part, this can be achieved with a lace front and is often accompanied by a partially or fully hand tied cap design.
Can you wear a wig without lace? Of course, you can! Not everyone loves or needs it and your hair can still look natural without it. Regular wigs with a fringe (or “bangs”) typically don’t need one because the front hairline isn’t visible. Some wig wearers also have sensitivities to certain materials, and they prefer a cap design without a lace front because it’s more comfortable on their scalp.
It’s important to note that lace front discomfort can be a result of improper cap sizing, causing the lace to rub against your skin or press too tightly into your forehead, so it’s crucial to measure to make sure you’re wearing the correct cap size. The lace shouldn’t damage your skin or your natural (or “biological”) hairline underneath when worn properly.
Different brands create their lace fronts out of various materials, and some are ready-to-wear, whereas others may need customization. The ones that require customization of the lace also usually require adhesives. Ready-to-wear lace front wigs don’t require the use of wig adhesive, however if it makes you feel more secure, there are adhesives made specifically for this use. We recommend always making sure to use the appropriate adhesive remover to prevent damage to your wig, your skin, or your biological hair.
Regular wigs will almost always be ready-to-wear and won’t require customization unless you decide to have a professional stylist color, trim a fringe, or create “baby-hairs”, which are a few common ways to customize a wig.
Whether a wig has a lace front or not also affects its price. The more natural features it has, the more expensive it usually is. If your budget doesn’t allow for a lace front, you might opt for one without it. You’ll have different hair types to choose from; lace front synthetic wigs, lace front human hair wigs, and lace front wigs with human hair/synthetic blends. Hair type will also play a large factor in the cost of a wig; human hair wigs being more expensive than synthetic wigs.
The type of style, fiber and cap construction you choose depends on your needs. If you’re looking for the most natural hairline, and you like to pull your hair away from your face, we’d recommend a lace front wig. However, if your hairline won’t be visible because you wear your hair with a fringe or you find lace front wigs to be uncomfortable, a regular wig may be a better recommendation. Either way, there are plenty of natural options in both categories!