Whether you're just starting your wig journey, or maybe you have a collection of every length and color wig you could dream up, you may have wondered... What is the difference between a lace front wig and a hard front wig? Every wig, of at least a certain quality, serves a purpose and knowing more about how a wig is made will empower you in making the best decision possible. Purchasing a wig, after all, is an investment financially, but also an investment in yourself. That said, whether you decide on a hard frontal wig or a lace frontal wig is up to you. We are here to help you make an informed decision.
The majority of wig caps are designed in the same basic way (with a couple of exceptions, including size in some cases), but particularly over the last decade, lace frontal wigs have taken over the market because of their incredibly believable hairline. With lace in a variety of density and also skin tone, with and sometimes without customization, lace front wigs can be attached with long-term glue, taped on with wig tape, or there are glue-less varieties that fit snugly to your head. On a lace frontal or lace front wig, human or synthetic hair has been intricately knotted or tied, 1 to 3 to 5 hairs at a time into a nearly invisible lace, allowing that material to look quite a lot like hair emerging from the scalp. Lace frontals are popular on Instagram and for special events, because they look so realistic, but depending on a few elements, there can be a downside that you'll want to be aware of. When cutting the lace close to the natural hairline, depending on how strong and sturdy the lace is, if you decide to use glue or tape, the application and removal over time will damage the lace. To repair it, you'd need to hire a wigmaker, or you could replace the unit entirely. Because lace front wigs are so popular, there are very affordable price points, so this may not be a long-term problem for you. You may choose to wear your lace front wig with a longer-term adhesive. Keep in mind that wigs need to be cared for just as human hair does, although with a slightly different process. A solid night-time routine for long-term wear can make a big difference, but to get the absolute most life out of your wig, it is always best to keep the wig mounted on a styrofoam or canvas block overnight. A hard front wig simply means there is likely no ventilated hair. With any hairstyle that has bangs (short, long, side-swept), there is no need at all for a lace front, as the front of the wig is covered with hair. With hard front wigs, if you have a decent fit, there will likely be no need for any kind of adhesive. For this reason, and simply because the materials are much more durable, hard front wigs last a lot longer than lace front wigs, though you may not be able to achieve as natural a look, depending on the styling. Some simple modifications to a hard front wig can make a huge difference, such as using thinning shears on the front as needed. RBS Wig Studio is committed to curating only the best, most tried and tested wigs from around the world. So whether you decide to splurge on a lace front, or a hard front, or maybe a variety, you can count on us to guide you to a wig you can count on. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions, and if you haven't already, consider signing up for our mailing list. We'll send occasional emails with tips for wig care, new items added to the studio, specials, and much more.