What is a full lace wig?

You're at a wig shop, surrounded by a sea of luxury hair of various styles and colors. You hold up two similar-looking wigs. Both wigs are made from the same material, are of the same length, and have the same color. Yet the price tags show that one of the wigs is more expensive than the other and you wonder why it is so. The salesperson is trying to convince you to buy the more expensive one because it's a "full lace" wig. You don't know what a full lace wig is but it does look expensive and you can't make a choice. Your dilemma is understandable.

It is the 21st century, an era where wigs and weaves have ditched the old-fashioned look and taken on a more sophisticated and, most importantly, natural aesthetic. Lace closure wigs? Lace front wigs? 360 lace wig? Full lace wigs? With the exotic range of hair available, selecting just one wig out of the tempting lot has become a tough decision. Before we get swallowed up in the world of wigs, let us first unravel the mystery of full lace wigs.

The lace area deside the name of lace wig

What are full lace wigs? Every wig is made from a wig cap. The cap serves as a base for attaching or sewing in the hair. If the cap connect with 5x5 area lace, then this wig would be named as 5x5 closure wig. If the cap connect with 13*4 area lace, then this wig should be call as 13x4 lace front wig. For a full lace wig, this base is made entirely of lace material. Hence the name full lace wig. 

Why full lace wigs are more expensive than other type of wigs

Full lace wigs are often handmade. Since the base material is lace, the hair cannot be easily sewn by a machine, so strands of hair are individually tied to the lace using what is called a ventilating needle. A ventilating needle is like a crochet needle but has a much tinier hook. The process is repeated for each hole in the lace until the whole cap is covered with hair. That is a lot of work. It takes an average wig maker 60-100 hours to complete a full lace wig. This means that if they work from 8 am to 6 pm each day, it will take them at least 6 days to complete a wig. Now we understand why full lace wigs are so expensive.

The advantage of full lace wigs

The use of lace instead of the usual wig cap made from elastic fabric is an innovation that has changed the face of the wig industry. The color of lace used is chosen so that it matches the natural scalp tone and this gives the illusion that the hair is growing out from the scalp. In this way full lace wigs mimick our natural hair and that is exactly the look we're going for. This allows for more versatility in styling as the hair can be parted in any direction and can even be braided or worn in a ponytail. In addition, lace is much lighter and more breathable than other wig cap materials. These qualities of lace make the full lace wig desirable. It's light, breathable and feels more like your natural hair than a wig.

The shortcomming of full lace wig

Now we're done singing the praises of full lace wigs, let's discuss the not-so-desirable part. Unlike lace front wigs and other kinds of wigs, full lace wigs cannot just be worn on the head and fastened with a wig clip. It has to be installed and the installation requires a level of skill and expertise. It's a rigorous process that involves bleaching the hair knots so that it blends well with your scalp (that is if the wig is not already bleached), laying the wig properly so that it sits well on the head, trimming off excess lace, gluing and styling the wig. So if you're conscious about not ruining your expensive hair, you may need to visit a beauty parlour and have a professional stylist install it for you. If, on the other hand, you feel confident about your installation skills, then you can have at it.


We can clearly see that full lace wigs, although expensive, have so much benefits that make them worth every penny. Armed with this knowledge, you can make an informed decision when buying wigs. So next time you're at the wig shop, you won't be the completely naive shopper that knows nothing about wigs but the enlightened one with a full knowledge of full lace wigs. That's a good start.

November 10, 2021 — Camila Witman

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