What is a lace front wig?

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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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