A Beginner’s Guide to Lace Wigs – Differences Between Lace Front and Full Lace Wigs

How to decide which lace wig will best meet your needs.

Buying a lace wig for the first time can be a daunting process as there is so much choice. This choice is not restricted to finding a style that suits your face as lace human hair wig wigs also vary in construction. The variety in lace wigs enables people to ideally meet the needs of their lifestyle and image.

In order to remove some of the confusion often experienced by first time users this article briefly details the differences between Lace Front and Full Lace Wigs.

Things you should consider before deciding whether to buy a Lace Front or Full Lace Wig

o Are you very active, do you require an unusually secure wig?

o Do you intend to wear your wig occasionally or daily?

o Are you heavy-handed or gentle when styling your hair?

o How do you wish to style your hair?

o How much time do you have to put your wig on?

o Do you wish to change the colour, curl or straighten the hair of the wig?

Considering your image and lifestyle needs will enable you to decide which of the various wig types might be suitable for you i.e.: Full Lace or Lace Front?

What are the pros and cons of a Full Lace Wig?

They are constructed entirely on a lace base with a lace seam that is fixed around the entire circumference of the head (as oppose to just at the front from ear to ear as with a Lace Front Wig). The hair used in the wigs is lightweight and versatile and can be parted at any point and in any direction. The hair can be worn up, in a pony-tail or in braids.

Because of the wider variety of styles available as well as the option for extended wear, they are very popular. They can take longer to put on than a Lace Front Wig due to the wig needing to be secured with adhesive all the way around the head. This can be an issue for those who only want to wear their lace wig occasionally and for shorter periods as they perhaps have less time to spare in preparation. It’s not an issue though if you are intending to wear your wig for days or even a couple of weeks at a time.


o They are more natural looking (undetectable) than other wigs

o Hair and scalp below can breathe

o They are comfortable and light weight

o They offer more versatile styling options.

o They can be worn for extended periods.

o You can sleep, work-out and even swim in a Full Lace Wig. Though chlorine and salt water can damage lace wig hair just as it can your own.


o Has to be glued around entire perimeter of the head.

o Can be time consuming to put on.

What are the pros and cons of a Lace Front Wig?

A Lace Front Wig is constructed from lace at the front only with a stronger, more durable material at the back similar to that of a regular wig. It is secured with adhesive or tape around the front from ear to ear and either a machine made cap with elastic or elastic straps built into it at the back.

The lack of need to adhere the wig with adhesive at the back as well as the front saves some time in application and as such may be more suitable for short term or occasional wear due to less time required in preparation. However the fact that the seam is not adhered around the entire perimeter of the head means that while the hair can still be worn in a low ponytail it cannot be parted in any direction as it can with a Full Lace Wig.


o Lace Front Wigs are quicker and easier to apply than a Full Lace Wig.

o You can wear a Lace Front Wig off the face and at the back in a low ponytail.

o You can use a lace front Wig over heavier hair.

o Breathable

o Natural looking hairline

o Suitable for extended wear


o Lace Front Wigs are not as versatile re styling as Full Lace Wigs.