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lace front wig vs full lace wig

Lace front wigs and full lace wigs are two of the most used wigs for women nowadays. However, most people, especially newbies, don’t know the difference between the two. This confusion makes choosing between a lace front wig and a full lace wig quite a challenge, so I’m here to help. 

My name is Mako. I am a hairdresser and a wig enthusiast. I have been handling wigs for several years now, so I definitely know a thing or two about lace front and full lace wigs. 

Choosing between the two can be a little confusing, especially when weighing their benefits. Well, fret not. In this article, we will be discussing the differences between a full lace and a lace front wig, their advantages, and some FAQs. 

Keep reading to learn more!

Lace Front Wig vs Full Lace Wig

To make your decision easier, you have to consider some important factors. The first one is the technical difficulty of wearing each type of wig. 

If you’re a beginner, a lace front wig is a little easier to handle and wear. This type of wig allows only one section to be glued down, while the rest is secured through wig clips or combs. 

On the other hand, with full lace wigs, you have to glue them down entirely. There are glueless full lace wigs that you only need to clip onto your head with a little wig tape for extra security. However, the full glue type of application is the most durable. 

Glued-down full lace wigs last longer when worn, giving their wearer more freedom to do strenuous activities like performing or even swimming.


The next thing you should consider is how you want to style your wig. Full lace wigs offer more versatility when it comes to styling, as you can part them wherever and heat-style them in order to create different hairstyles. 

With lace fronts, you can only part the areas of the wig with the lace coverage. This limits your options for hairdos. However, they tend to have more volume than full lace wigs due to their cap construction.

We also have to talk about the different price points of these wigs. Full lace wigs are generally more expensive than lace fronts. Besides being more breathable, they are more versatile in styling and are harder to make due to the amount of manual work for each wig. 

Moving forward, we’ll discuss in detail what these wigs are made of, and their respective pros and cons.

Lace Front Wigs


A lace front wig is a wig that has lace on the hairline area of the wig. This is to resemble a natural hairline. The hair strands are hand-sewn into the lace holes for added realism. Because of this, lace front wigs are ideal for those who simply want a wig with a natural-looking hairline.


  • Natural-looking hairline – has hand-sewn hair strands or a pre-plucked hairline for a more natural look
  • More affordable – lace front wigs are cheaper compared to full lace wigs

Easier wearability – with only the front part glued down, lace front wigs are easier to put on and take off


  • Less versatile – lace front wigs have a limited area to part the hairline, lessening your styling opportunities 

Can be damaging to the hairline andscalp – constantly applying glue to the hairline and scalp can be damaging in the long run

Full Lace Wig


A full lace wig has a lace cap that covers the whole head. The hair strands are then knotted into the entire wig using a lace mesh.


  • More versatile – a full lace wig offers more styling options, such as a middle part, high ponytail, braids, side part, etc
  • More breathable – lighter and more comfortable, allowing for more air to circulate around your head

More natural – numerous parting possibilities means a more natural and effortless look


  • More expensive – the styling advantages of full lace wigs come at a higher price
  • Less volume – full lace wigs tend to have less volume around the roots due to their base being made out of thin lace

What is the difference between a Lace Front Wig and a Full Lace Wig?

In summary, full lace wigs are more expensive as they are more breathable, comfy, and more versatile when it comes to styling. Meanwhile, lace front wigs have more volume and are much cheaper. 

So, if you are looking for a good wig on a budget, then a lace front wig is a great option. But if you prefer more styling variations and breathability, then you should get a full lace wig.


How to cut a lace front wig?

Lace front wigs that are not pre-cut come with a large piece of lace that you can cut on your own to make it fit your hairline better. 

Here’s how you cut a lace front wig:

  • First, position the wig on top of your head and outline your desired hairline on the lace. 
  • Clip the wig from the front lace to ensure no accidental cutting on the wig.
  • Using scissors, cut the outline that you made for your hairline.

How to care for your wig?

Here are a couple of tips you should fullow to ensure your wig lasts longer:

  • Avoid using regular shampoos and conditioners. Our scalps produce oil naturally to moisturize our natural hair. Wigs do not. Avoid using products that contain harsh chemicals like sulfates on your wig.
  • Do not wash your wigs too much. Wigs should be washed twice a month if you wear them daily. If you only wear your wig occasionally, washing it once a month will suffice.
  • Do not heat-style synthetic wigs. Regular synthetic wigs will melt under heat styling. 
  • Do not use heavy oils or styling creams. These weigh down your wigs and make them look greasy. You will also need to wash your wig more than necessary to get rid of the residue.

How long do lace front or full lace wigs last?

When cared for properly, human hair lace front wigs and full lace wigs can last more than a year.


With all that out of the way, we hope that you now know the differences between the full lace wigs and lace front wigs. Don’t feel overwhelmed if you are still unable to decide which one to get. Both wigs offer a lot of benefits. At the end of the day, what matters is which wig can give you the confidence to be the best you can be.

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