How to Select the Right Type of Lace Wig for You

A lace wig is a natural looking, lightweight wig with a barely visible lace base that is custom cut to fit the wearer's hair line. Whether you are losing your hair or you simply want to experiment with a different look, a lace wig provides more natural, beautiful results than any other non-surgical hair replacement option on the market.

If you wear a top quality lace wig, you will be able to part your hair in any way, go out and about on a windy day, and even sleep with your wig on. When properly attached, a lace wig is virtually undetectable, even under close inspection. The hairs are knotted into the lace base, making it appear as if the hair is growing from your scalp.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when going lace wig shopping.

Types of Hair

One of the first decisions you'll have to make when purchasing a lace wig is whether you want a lace wig made of synthetic hair or a lace wig made of human hair. Synthetic lace wigs are made of high grade fiber mixed with human hair. They are the most cost-effective option for those who want to test out a lace wig style without committing to purchasing a human hair wig. If you want to purchase a lace wig made of human hair, find one that is made of Indian Remy, which is premium, 100% human hair.

Custom vs. In-stock

An in-stock lace wig will cost you substantially less than a custom lace wig but it is not recommended to purchase one unless you have already tried one on and know your exact head size. It is ideal to order a custom lace wig that is designed to fit the exact measurements of your head. In order to achieve that perfect fit and shape, a custom lace wig is cut along your hairline around the perimeter of your head.

A Wide Array of Colors and Textures

Lace wigs are available in a wide array of colors, textures, and styles to suit your tastes. Celebrities including Tyra Banks, Beyonce, and Jessica Simpson have been known to sport lace wigs on the red carpet. Just like a celebrity, you can mix and match different lace wig styles to coordinate them with your outfits and makeup. One day you could have a short, straight bob and the next day long, curly tresses. Just make sure that the hair colors you choose match your skin tone and that the hair styles you choose accentuate the shape of your face and your facial features.

Full Lace or Front Lace

Full lace wigs have the most natural appearance, but they are fragile and require frequent repairs. Front lace wigs feature lace from ear to ear in the front section of the wig. Unlike full lace wigs, front lace wigs cannot be placed in a high ponytail.

Choosing the Right Density

The density of a lace wig can range from light to heavy. A light density lace wig is recommended for anyone whose natural hair does not have much volume or thickness. Light density lace wigs show more scalp than lace wigs of thicker density. A light to medium lace wig is the most popular type of lace wig. It features light density at the hairline and medium density everywhere else. Most stylists recommend light to medium lace wigs because they provide the most natural looking appearance.