Are lace front wigs bad for your scalp?

The lace front wigs in our store are very safe for your scalp, provided that you do not have scalp inflammation in the areas where the lace is present. The Swiss lace that makes up the monofilament features of a wig can be kind of scratchy, so we don’t recommend applying it directly to skin that is open, red, irritated, or sore. A non-lace front, double-monofilament wig may be a better option for you if this is something you are dealing with. 🙂

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What’s up with this line behind the lace front?


From a client e-mail:

Hello, I recently received my order. Everything seems fine but there is a problem that concerns me. In front of the lace there is this line which is not very obvious, but when I put it on my head it scared me a lot. I fear that because that line is exactly in front of my head it is so obvious that I am wearing a wig that anyone can tell from far away. I searched online, watched a lot of videos and pictures and couldn’t find any line in any of them. (It is very noticeable so I am pretty sure they can’t hide it.)

Help me please.

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This is the kind of question we get from those new to wearing wigs and who have not yet picked up some of the tricks, so let’s make this a teachable moment. 🙂

First of all, nobody in any of the videos online (or in everyday wear situations) was wearing their hair pulled back in this exact same way, right? I say this because this is the best way you could have picked to show me this seam.

Usually, only a tiny little sliver of the seam is exposed in the part. This is extremely easy to blend into the “scalp” with just a tiny dab of liquid concealer. BOOM! That’s it!

This is actually a very normal part of any wig that has both a lace front and a monofilament top. In fact, the only wigs on the market with lace fronts that don’t have this seam are those with monofilament side parts. Mono part wigs tend to have a continuous band of monofilament from the front to the part. Otherwise, basically all lace front / monofilament top wigs have this seam to fuse the two together.

The way I get around this when I wear wigs like this is by avoiding completely straight parts. I tend to take a little strand from the side and use it to cover the seam. No one can ever tell . . . which is probably why you never noticed it in the videos!

From the picture above, the top of this wig actually looks very good to me. The knotting is nice and small, and the knots are close together without being too close.

If this seam is something that makes you very self-conscious, then perhaps lace front / monofilament top wigs aren’t really the best fit for you. The Swiss lace used for the monofilament and lace features is translucent by design — so the cap is made to be see through! They have to fit the seam in there some place, so your best bet is to work around it or try to find a type of cap that doesn’t have this issue. 🙂

I recommend a wig with a monofilament part and a lace front in lieu of a completely hand-tied top. You’ll have some permatease to deal with in this case, but there won’t be a seam. Another great option would be to forget about the lace front altogether and go for a wig with a nice double-monofilament top, like the ones from the Amore or Jon Renau lines.

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Products to minimize the scratch factor of lace front wigs

Are you in love with lace fronts but having trouble adjusting to the scratchiness?

We recommend checking out these products to help you out!

1. Scalpicin. This stuff will slightly numb your scalp and reduce the itch. It is runny, though, so we recommend applying it with a cotton swab and allowing it to dry prior to applying your wig.

2. Monistat Soothing Care Skin Protection Powder Gel. This is commonly used for “chub rub” by reducing friction when your thighs rubs together as you walk. This stuff will likewise form a protective layer between your forehead and your wig! Apply and allow to dry before applying your wig. (Allow the product to dry completely so you can minimize residue deposits on your lace front.)

3. Orajel. We are referring to any of the dye-free varieties of this product. These are the ones you should try as a nuclear option if all else fails. Orajel will temporarily numb the area where it is applied. Like the other options here, we recommend applying well before applying your wig — about 10 minutes prior should be sufficient. Unlike the other products, though, we recommend wiping off the excess after this time has passed and then applying your wig to avoid depositing a lot of goo onto your lace front.

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What is a lace front wig?

By Julia

When you hear the word “lace,” you probably think of a delicate fabric made from yarn or thread that has a web-like appearance or intricate pattern. You might also think of a fine dress, stockings or even curtains. But you’ve probably never thought about wigs. But if you’re looking for wigs with a more realistic look, that’s where lace comes in.

In the world of wigs, lace refers to a thin, sheer mesh that the hair is tied to in individual strands. So when you see the term “lace front,” it means that a piece of pure lace mesh is on the front of the wig lid. The lace is usually positioned at the front of the wig, at the forehead as well as all around the face. Its role is to blend with the skin and create a natural-looking hairline.

With lace front wigs, the hair can be combed away from the face because the hairline is almost invisible and the scalp can be seen through the mesh. You can also pull the hair of the wig back or put it behind the ears without seeing the cap of the wig. This gives the wig versatility and a realistic look.

A lace front wig can also be constructed with other elements like a monofilament top, a hand-tied cap, open wefts or a classic machine-made cap. Because lace front wigs offer such a natural looking hairline, many wig wearers go for monofilament or hand-tied caps for a more realistic look and versatility. These types of caps also allow the hair to be parted in multiple directions.

Lace front wigs allow you to play with various hairstyles. The hair can be gently combed or braided. You can even trim the lace in the front if you find it to be too long. If you decide to do this, be extremely careful or you could ruin your wig completely. If you’re not sure how to do this, take your wig to a stylist who specializes in wigs and have them trim it for you.

So now you know what a lace front wig is. If you haven’t tried one before, you now have a few solid reasons to check one out in the future.

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