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's help answer some of your top questions about this popular wig construction.
WHAT IS A LACE FRONT WIG?
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 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.
If you have little or no hair, you will want to use a wig liner to help keep your wig secure.
If you have short hair, brush it back away from your face.
If you have longer hair, curl small, even sections of your hair and pin them flat to your head. Be sure to distribute the pin curls evenly to avoid bumps and bulges under your wig.