So you’ve decided you want to give your hair a break and install a protective style. Crochet installs or box braids aren’t your thing and you see this new craze of lace front wigs and closures. If you’re like me, you’re wondering, ‘what is this thing called a lace front and can I get mine to slay like Beyoncé?
A lace front wig is the most popular type of lace wigs. Lace fronts(whether a wig or sew in frontal) have sheer lace mesh located at the front of the wig cap and hairs are individually hand tied onto the lace front piece in order to create a more natural appearance. Lace fronts have been around for over a decade but were mainly being used by the Hollywood movie industry to most naturally transform actors into character. Thanks to the likes of celebrities such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks and the Kardashian's who all wear wigs to get the look they want. Lace front wigs have become increasingly popular because they can give you a natural look where no one can tell you're wearing a wig.
Lace front wigs are your secret weapon to a flawless undetectable wig and to gorgeous hair! Wigs with lace fronts can be styled away from the face because the hairline is nearly invisible and the scalp can be seen through the mesh. You can also pull the hair of the wig back or tuck it behind your ears without the wig cap being seen. Reasons to wear a lace front wig include:
- They give you the most natural look if you're a wig wearer.
- Often times, people find themselves sweating profusely when they are wearing wigs and lace front wigs help alleviate that issue because they are more breathable.
- Lace front wigs are made in tons of styles, so chances are, you can find a style and color that is perfect for you.
- They can be very affordable, so anyone can obtain the beautiful, natural look you've always wanted.
Lace frontals and lace closures are both very useful in creating beautiful sew in installations. Some of the benefits of installing lace frontals/closures are:
- They both serve the same purpose, which is to close off an install.
- They both eliminate the need for blending.
- By eliminating blending, you’re allowing all of your natural hair to be protect and preventing any breakage on your ‘leave out’ (the part of your hair you would normally have to leave out and blend in with your sew in or wig. This can eventually be the most damaging part of your hair as you may have to flat iron or curl on a daily basis in order to blend in with your extensions)
As with any protective style, it’s important to make sure you’re not neglecting your natural hair. If you only wear your wig a week or so at a time, you can skip shampooing and conditioning until you remove it. Long-term wear, however, requires routine care so that your own hair doesn’t become dry and brittle. After cleansing your hair and scalp, thoroughly dry your tresses, using a hood or bonnet dryer if necessary. Allowing your scalp to remain moist underneath your wig is inviting problems.
Lace Front Wigs can be an easy protective style when done correctly and as with any style, your natural hair should be the key factor in deciding which style to choose from.
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