It’s impossible to learn about wigs and toppers without coming across the term “lace front”. Regardless of your style, hair color, or skin tone, there are lace front toppers to fit your needs, ranging from synthetic lace front wigs to human hair lace front wigs, curly lace front wigs, short and bobbed lace front wigs, and more. Let The Wig Company help answer some of your top questions about this popular wig construction.
What Is A Lace Front Wig?
“Lace front” refers to wig construction that uses a sheer lace attachment at the front of the wig to which human hair or synthetic hair has been hand tied. Lace front wigs and toppers are extraordinarily popular because they so successfully mimic natural growing hair, making it quite difficult to identify them as a wig while they are being worn.
What benefits does lace bring to wig construction? The delicate and thin nature of lace allows it to fall right over the forehead, creating very little, to no space, between wig and skin. It is breathable, with the pattern of the lace encouraging air flow. It is sheer, creating a barely-there transition that supports off the face styling. And it is versatile, offering the wearer the ability to style and change the part while still retaining a natural hairline.
With all of the benefits of lace front wig construction, why aren’t wigs entirely constructed this way? Well, some are. Known as full lace wigs, they have a full lace cap with lace around the full perimeter of the head, and they are 100% hand tied. Because lace is so sheer and fragile, however, the likelihood of ripping or tearing is higher. Lace front wigs combine the benefits of lace in the most visible portions of the wig while employing materials less susceptible to damage in the rest of the wig. Lace front wigs offer the desired balance between a natural look and durability.
How Long Do Lace Front Wigs Last?
So, how durable are lace front wigs last? That depends on the hair and the wig upkeep. Lace front wigs with synthetic hair can last up to one year while 100% human hair lace front wigs can last up to three years, with proper care.
How To Put On a Lace Front Wig
One of the biggest fears for wig wearers is that people will notice they are wearing a wig, and the actual donning of the wig may seem daunting. Is it ready to wear straight from the packaging? Will it fit my head shape? How do you make sure it doesn’t slip? With our step by step instructions to help affix your wig, you can look fantastic AND feel completely secure.
1. Conduct a skin test.
Determine whether you have any sensitivity to your adhesive. Apply a small amount to a sensitive part of your skin, i.e. inside your elbow or behind your ear. Leave it there for about 15 minutes, then remove. If there is any irritation or redness do not use that adhesive and select a different type or brand. If there is no irritation, proceed.
2. Flatten your hair to your head.
Before you put on your wig, you will first need to prepare your hair. If you have little or no hair, you will need to use a wig liner to help keep your wig secure. If you have short hair, simply brush it back, away from your face. For longer hair, pin it up by making flat pin curls out of sections of your hair. Keep them distributed evenly over your head to avoid bumps and bulges.
3. Prepare your skin for the wig.
Wash your forehead, paying close attention to the hairline with a gentle cleanser. Blot dry. Use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and wipe along hairline to remove excess oil. If your skin is sensitive, apply a scalp-protecting serum to the area after the rubbing alcohol. Allow both to dry before continuing.
4. Fit the wig.
(If your wig is brand new follow step 4. If not a new wig, proceed to Step 5)
To fit the wig, hold the wig close to the label, tilt your head slightly forward, place your wig to your forehead, and in a front to back motion slip the wig on as you would a bathing cap. Tilt head upright and push the front of the wig back until it aligns with your natural hairline. Tuck in any stray hairs. If you feel pressure around your scalp, the wig is too tight. If, when you move your head the wig moves independently, the wig is too loose. Use the adjustable Velcro straps inside the wig to loosen or tighten as needed.
5. Apply wig tape or glue.
There are two types of adhesive you can use to secure a lace front wig to your head; tape or glue. We recommend trying both methods and deciding which you prefer.
Put double stick tape on forehead starting mid-forehead and working out. Lay strips side by side until they cover most of your hairline.
Apply glue along hairline making sure it’s evenly spread, then let dry for approximately 3 minutes.
Place wig on head, making sure wig matches your hairline.
Check both ear tabs for alignment
Using fingertips, smooth wig over tape or glue, working from center out to your ears.
Style the wig. Human hair wigs may be styled with regular brushes and hot styling tools. Synthetic wigs may be styled with wide-toothed combs or wig brushes.
Lace front wigs are dynamic, allowing the wearer to alter their hairstyle just like they would with their real hair. How do you wear a lace front wig? Just about any way you want. Explore The Wig Company’s collection of lace front wigs, styling tips and styling tools and rediscover the freedom of choice.