Lace fronts, like monofilaments, offer a natural appearance to a piece. A lace front is basically an extension to a monofilament, with the lace made from fine quality lace like synthetic material, in a neutral shade, designed to blend with your skin.
Lace fronts can be found in wigs and hair pieces that can be styled away from the face, allowing you more options on how to wear your helper hair.
A lace front can be found in all types of wigs and toppers, from hand tied cap styles, to monopart and monofilament styles, to open cap styles. You will find the lace front described in the wig or topper details on the product pages.
Types of Lace
Most lace fronts are made from fine lace frequently referred to as ‘French Lace’. Our Belle Tress and Estetica Designs wigs and hairpieces are made with French Lace, which is generally slightly thicker and more sturdy than it’s cousin, Swiss Lace (below). The holes are slightly closer together (we’re talking fractions of a mm here) than Swiss Lace, which is what makes it a little more durable. French Lace Fronts are designed to be virtually invisible at the hairline.
‘Swiss Lace’ is finer than French Lace, with slightly wider spacing in the honeycomb design. Because of this, it is not as robust as French Lace, however it is even less visible to the naked eye when you’re wearing it (if that is possible!). Our Belle Madame range from Dening Hair in Germany uses Swiss Lace for its fronts (indicated by the letters SF in the wig name), and this range known for the high quality and sheer nature of these fronts. Swiss Lace wigs are generally a tad more expensive than French Lace, because of the delicate nature and quality of the lace.
Lace Front Styles
Temple to Temple
This is the most common lace front design on a wig or topper. The lace front basically runs from one temple to the other, across your forehead. It allows for styling the wig or topper away from the face in this area, and still allows for solid structure in the wig cap around the ear tabs.
Tab to Tab
Some wigs, particularly in the Belle Madame range, offer what we call Tab to Tab lace fronts. These are fronts that run literally from one ear tab to the other, right across the front area of the wig. The obvious benefit of this is the allowance of further off the face styling options. This style is great for wig wearers with little or no bio hair, giving the option, for example, of pulling the hair right away from the face in a tighter up-do and still looking natural.
Partial Lace Fronts
Whilst our products at Wig Warrior do not offer partial lace fronts, there are some brands which do make styles with this feature. This consists of lace fronts in a small section of the wig, usually on a side in front of a mono part, or to the left or right. This allows you to part the wig at the hairline and pull the hair across the forehead and present a small section of natural appearance.
Do You Need A Lace Front?
Lace fronts are designed for women who want to style their hair away from the face. If you always wear styles with a fringe or bang (like Ellen by Estetica, shown at right), then you really don’t need one, as the front of the wig will be covered by your fringe. As lace fronts often add cost to the purchase of a wig, it is important to consider whether you are a fringe wearer or not, because how you wear your wig will determine whether the lace front is necessary. You can often save money by opting for a lace free style, but you will lose that styling versatility.