What Is a Lace Front Wig?

What is a lace front wig?

When most people think of “lace” they think of delicate fabric material made with a web-like look to create an intricate pattern that is typically used to make clothing and fabric decor, like curtains. In the world of wigs, “lace” refers to a fine, sheer mesh that hairs are individually tied to. A wig labeled as “lace front” means that a piece of sheer lace mesh is located at the front of the wig cap.

Close up of lace front wig

Hairs are individually hand tied onto the lace front piece in order to create a more natural appearance. Wigs with lace fronts can be styled away from the face because the hairline is nearly invisible and the scalp can be seen through the mesh. You can also pull the hair of the wig back or tuck it behind your ears without the wig cap being seen. This gives you versatility and a very realistic look.

A lace front wig cap can also contain other types of construction elements such as a monofilament top, a hand tied cap, a capless style, or be a classic machine made cap. Because lace front wigs will give you such a natural looking hair line, many wig wearers desire a cap that combines a lace front with a monofilament or hand tied cap to get the most realistic look with the most versatility, as these types of caps also allow for the hair to be parted in multiple directions.

How to wear a lace front wig

How to trim a lace front wig

When you first receive your lace front wig, you may notice that there is excess lace that extends out from the front of the wig. This lace should be trimmed down with a pair of sharp scissors to follow the shape of your natural hair line. Be careful not to over trim the lace. You want to cut close to the hair line of the wig without cutting the actual hairs.

Lace front wigs should be worn at the natural hair line. To put on your wig, hold the wig by the ear tabs and flip the wig upside down with the interior of the cap facing up and the back of the wig furthest away from your body. Place the front of the wig cap at your forehead and slide the wig back over your head. Once you have your wig on, you can adjust the placement of your wig to give yourself the most flattering look.

Inside of lace front wig

Image: Inside of a lace front wig.

Most of our lace front wigs feature interior adjustment straps to give you the best fit possible. We also offer an array of products such as wig grips and comfort gel cushion bands to create a secure and comfortable fit. Some women also prefer to wear a bamboo or cotton wig cap underneath their wig. Any of these products can be worn safely and comfortably underneath a lace front wig. Just be sure that the placement of these products sits slightly behind the hair line, so that they cannot be seen in the mesh area before the hair starts.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="704"]Bamboo and cotton wig caps to wear under lace front wigs. Left: Bamboo Wig Cap - $6.50 | Right: Cotton Wig Cap - $5.99[/caption]


How to care for a lace front wig

How to care for a lace front wig

The lace front area of a wig cap is very delicate. It is important not to hold the wig by the lace. Pulling or tugging on the lace can cause it to rip, so use caution when adjusting your wig and always use the ear tabs or side areas of the cap to grip the wig when putting it on.

Lace front wigs can be washed with wig shampoo just like any other wig. You just want to make sure not to grab the wig by the lace or scrub the lace harshly when washing. Do not put conditioner on the lace front, as this can make the hairs come loose. Wig styling products can be used, but when combing a lace front wig, we highly recommend using a wide tooth wig comb. This type of comb will be the most gentle on the hairs and the least likely to pull the individual hairs out of the lace front or damage the lace. Click here to view our comprehensive guide to wig care. 

[caption id="attachment_74771" align="alignnone" width="704"]Hair care products for lace front wigs Left: Brandywine Non-Static Wig Shampoo for Synthetic Wigs - $7.99 | Middle: Brandywine Wig Detangler - $7.99 | Brandywine Wig Styling Mousse for Synthetic or Human Hair Wigs - $9.99[/caption]

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