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Wigs: Lace Front, Lace Cap, and Full Lace Wigs

Updated on January 20, 2019
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I believe a woman must ensure her hair looks good at all times and that the state of your hair speaks volumes about you.


The modern wigs, full lace, lace cap, and lace front wigs are the popular types of wigs most women now wear. Fixing hair extensions, either by a hair stylist or by DIY has become tedious for those who have no time or patience for fixing extensions. Not only do extensions take time to install, but it is also easy to get them entangled if you are not adept at fixing them by yourself.

Wigs have always been an important part of dressing for many women over the decades but after a brief disappearance from the hairstyling scene the second half of the 20th century, they soon made a re-appearance by the end of the century. Now, wearing wigs is the rave and today's most popular hairstyles are found in wig lace cap and lace front wigs.

Gone are the days when wigs were made from horsehair making them look unnatural. Gone are the holding sprays that made wigs look rigid and stiff. Today, wigs look natural, feel natural and move like natural hair. With most wigs out there, you may never know the difference between them and natural hair.

They are convenient to use, easy to maintain, and they can make you look as glamorous as you wish. From the wavy to the curly, bone-straight to the crimped, you can give yourself a new look every day if you so desire.

So, which types of wigs are the most sought after, and why do millions of women all over the world love them so much? Because they make women look fabulous in less than two minutes. Fit one over your head and in minutes you are transformed from plain to stunning.

Just take a good look at your favourite stars, celebrities, models, women whose second name is ‘fashionable’. Barely 20% of them are naturally endowed with the beautiful tresses we see on their heads. What’s their secret? It’s all in their makeup and their hairstyles.

Full Lace Wigs

Full lace wigs which are the most natural looking of all wigs are constructed with a full base cap made entirely with sheer lace which basically covers the whole head, all the way to the back. The lace is constructed in such a way that it goes around the entire perimeter of the base cap.

Made with both synthetic and human hair, full lace wigs, unlike front face wigs, are more functional, meaning that when you wear one, you can style it in so many different ways. They can be parted in the middle, off the centre, or any way you desire. They can be held up into a ponytail and can be tied up into a twist. The simple fact is that they can be worked around any way you wish.

Full lace wigs come more expensive than lace fronts and lace caps, but they are worth the extra expense.

Lace Cap Wigs

A lace cap wig is structured with a stretch mesh that comes with adjustable straps around the ears that hooks at the nape of the neck, and three combs, two at the sides and one at the back of the wig. The adjustable straps and the combs are added for a more secure fit and to prevent the wig from slipping backwards, away from the hairline.

Great for those of you who are allergic to hair extensions glues, adhesive tapes, and glue-removing solvents, lace caps are also for those who detest the use of messy adhesives and will rather wear a wig they can flip on and off with ease while still maintaining a comfortable and snug fit.

Lace cap wigs are affordable and less expensive than full lace and front lace wigs.

Lace Front Wigs

Lace fronts are wigs that have a sheer lace panel running along the front hairline, from one ear to the other. The emphasis laid on this type of wig lies in its frontal portion only, with wisps of fine hair strands hand sewn into the holes of its hairline.

Cheap, if made with synthetic hair, and affordable if produced with human hair, lace front wigs are a great choice for women who are forever changing their hairstyles but don’t want to ‘break the bank’ because of their style.

Lace front wigs are extremely popular because they give you a natural front hairline that looks so real, people will never believe you are wearing a wig.

Lace front wigs are great for those suffering from a receding hairline, a thinning hairline hair, and for those who are suffering from hair loss due to medical conditions like alopecia, psoriasis, or the results of chemotherapy treatments.

Unlike full lace wigs, lace front wigs can’t be parted anywhere, except it’s pre-made to come with a parting.

A display of a variety of wigs. Which types are your preferred choice?
A display of a variety of wigs. Which types are your preferred choice? | Source

How to Choose the Right Wig

Sometimes, deciding which type of wig to buy can be perplexing, especially when there are so many variations to choose from. This is understandable. However, you will first need to decide on whether you want a lace cap, front lace, or full lace wig. When you've narrowed it down to one type, then the rest is a breeze.

It’s virtually impossible not to find a preferred style. From the short and shoulder length to the long and cropped bob styles, curly, crimped, kinky, and wavy textures, and a range of colours from blonde to jet black, it becomes a matter of “which style, what length, and best colour?".

Consider these three things:

  1. Your lifestyle
  2. Daily activities
  3. Your budget
  4. Your style

So, if you are a nurse, you don’t want to choose a waist-length flaming red wig, neither will you choose to wear a bob-styled wig if your profession requires you look glamorous or glitzy.

Wigs versus Hair Extensions

If you want to ensure that your hair looks good at all times, day and night, but don’t want to fix something permanently to your natural hair, something you get from using hair extensions, then wigs are your best choice. For a very sophisticated look, go for the versatile human hair full lace wigs. They are pricey but well worth the expense.

Hair extensions, on the other hand, are for the woman that wants her hair to look good day, evening, and night time when in bed. She wants to wake up in the morning with her hair looking good after a few strokes of a brush. weft attachments. She doesn’t want to be in a state of having to dive for her wig as she steps out of bed.

Wig Care and Maintenance

One of the ways to keep your wigs looking good, lustrous, and in shape is ensuring you care for and continue to maintain this care for a long time. Whether you buy human hair or synthetic wigs, they still require being kept in top condition.

It is easy to care for your wigs and does not need too much time to do. What is important is to ensure routine maintenance and keep it in a dust-free environment and always set on a Styrofoam or woven wig-stand.

  1. Wash the wig with good quality wig shampoo (emphasis on good quality).
  2. Rinse thoroughly with a shower rose.
  3. Allow excess water to drip off the wig by shake it lightly.
  4. Use a leave-in conditioner to ensure all human hair strands are well-conditioned. For synthetic wigs, you can skip this process to avoid product build-up.
  5. Set the wet wig on your wig stand and pat dry with a towel.
  6. Comb, brush, and style when the wig is perfectly dry.

Wearing wigs and diligently caring for them will save you a considerable amount of time and money that you will otherwise spend at the salon for weekly hair care and styling.

With these simple rules, you will enjoy your lace front wigs, lace cap, and full lace wigs, wearing them over and over again for a very long time.


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    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      So true Lady_E. It's such a huge business AND as you rightly said, majorly run by men.

      Went in to get a couple of lace front wigs today and there was no lady attendant in sight in the shops i visited. LOL!!

      Thanks a bunch for visiting.

    • Lady_E profile image


      5 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful Hub. Wigs and hair extensions is a huge business in London. The interesting thing is most of them are run by Men. :-)

      Massive Business. I think 8 out of 10 African women use it.

    • VibrantViews profile image


      8 years ago

      Wig fan here :) lace front wigs, and your photos / pics have nice ones!

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      sherry sun 

      8 years ago

      This is Sherry, from Chinabestwigs. I contact you to see if we have chance to collaborate, we factory is one the largest hair products manufacturer in China. We only sell 100% human hair , we have more than 5000pcs full lace wigs, thousands of front lace wigs , glueless wigs and silk top wigs in stock for you to choose . Also, our machine wefts and silk lace closures are sold very well . You could contact me for the updated stock list and price list ! Will give you the best price for the test order, I am sure you will love our works(*^__^*)

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hello ResearchAnalyst,

      You are right. And these full lace front wigs are a far cry from the wigs of old, with some looking just like 'hairy hats'.

      Thanks for visiting RA.


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      Research Analyst 

      10 years ago

      These wigs look so natural, and it is such a break from having to style ones own hair which will lead to hair growth.


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