Natural hair wigs are a delightful way to change up your style while still protecting your natural hair, but with so many options, styles and variations on the market, it can be hard to figure which one will work best for you. If you are ready to explore the styling options of a lace front wig, this handy guide is a great place to start.
About Lace Front Wigs
Lace wigs come in different variations, there are lace caps, full lace, lace 360 and front lace wigs. A front lace wig refers to a wig that has sheer lace along the front portion of the wig that rests along the forehead and traces your natural hairline. The purpose of the lace is to give the wearer the appearance of a natural hairline. These wigs are highly popular because when worn properly, it appears as if it's your natural hair, and can be styled the same as your natural hair with various parts and ponytails.
When not wearing your lace front wig, it's important that it is properly cared for to ensure it last as long as possible. Always keep your lace front wig out of direct sunlight when not being worn, this helps to prevent the color from fading. Also, make sure to store it in areas where little to no dust is present as well as away from areas of excess heat. Front lace wigs may be stored on a synthetic head, or in a satin sealable bag to help control frizz and tangles.
Lace front wigs are highly versatile because the hairline appears as if it’s your own, you wear them in any fashion that covers the rear nape for a totally flawless appearance. That means a side ponytail, fishtail braid, low bun or even free and loose are all great natural styling options that still achieve a natural look.
The price of a lace front wig varies on the quality, length, hair type and the distributor. Wigs made of human hair will cost more than synthetic wigs, and those from branded companies will be more costly than generic wigs. Lace front wigs can range anywhere between $30- $500. KinkyCurlyYaki lace front wigs offers 5 distinctive textures to help you find your natural curl pattern.
Washing a front lace wig is not hard, but the methods depend on the construction of the wig. Synthetic wigs require less washing and maintenance than human hair wigs. Wigs made of human hair require just as much care as your own hair. Both human and synthetic hair wigs can last up to a year with proper maintenance and storage before they start to show wear.
There are several benefits to wearing a kinky curly lace front wig. Some include:
- prevent damaging your hair with constant color changes
- reducing the amount of heat damage to your own natural crown
- dramatically change your look while protecting your natural locks
Unlike traditional wigs, front lace wigs are highly breathable which ensures your own hair and scalp has the room it needs to get the proper ventilation with extended wear.
Tips on Wearing Lace Front Wigs
Lace front wigs have a lot of benefits as mentioned above, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind to ensure that your scalp and natural hair remain healthy under your frontal lace hairdo.
Check your wig.
Always take a moment to examine any new lace front wigs prior to wearing. Check the smell and texture, check the fabric it’s made with, and if you think anything is off, make sure to wash it before you wear it.
Properly secure your natural hair.
Lace front wigs are applied with an adhesive, so make sure that all of your natural hair is properly flattened and secured under a cap prior to putting any adhesive on your forehead or edges.
Remember to still care for your own hair.
Lace front wigs can be worn regularly and it is easy to forget to maintain your own hair. Remember to remove your wig weekly and give your own hair some tender loving care in the form of deep conditioning, scalp exfoliating and moisturizing. This ensures that your natural tresses stay loved, hydrated, moisturized and clean under your lace front wig.
Use the right glue.
While not all lace front wigs require glue it is important to apply glue properly when worn. There are adhesives that are created specifically for front lace wigs, and not all of them are safe. Also, if you plan to be in the water, the adhesive you use will be different than a dry use adhesive. Make sure you patch test any glue prior to full application and make sure you always use a skin protector prior to application.
Learn and practice gentle removal.
Snatching a wig off might look fun on the internet or in movies, but in reality, front lace wigs should be removed as carefully as they are applied. You should always use an adhesive remover to soften the glue prior to attempting to remove the wig from your scalp. Don’t rush the process, if you face resistance, apply more remover and try again.
Lace front wigs are excellent go to styles as you transition to natural or simply want a different look without compromising you own natural hair. Consider all your options ranging from glueless to combs and find a cap that fits your lifestyle and style preferences.