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Wigs 101

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

Lace wigs are a hot topic in the market right now. Everybody just loves the look of lace wigs. There are different types of lace wigs in the market. Some of them are transparent lace wigs, full lace wig, lace front wig, bob wig, 360 lace wig, etc.

A lace wig can be defined as a special and different type of hairpiece. It is a hair-piece where the synthetic hair or human hair is connected with the base of the lace. That lace is used as a wig to cover the hair.

Today the most common type of wigs are lace wigs. You often wonder, what are the different types of lace wigs? Well, there are mainly three types of lace wigs that you will commonly found in the market. And they are- Front lace wigs, 360-degree lace wigs, and the full lace wigs.

Front Lace Wigs

The first type of lace wig we will be talking about is lace front wig. For this kind of wig, the lace covers the dimension from one ear to another. The rest of the wig is machine-made. The most important reason for using lace is to cover the front and make it look more natural.

There are different types of front lace wigs to choose from. It includes 13*6 and also 13*4 lace front wig made of human hair and sometimes synthetic hair. The synthetic hair used in lace front wigs also looks very realistic. One cannot even distinguish a normal human hair from the top quality synthetic hair wigs. It is always recommended to choose a good quality lace wig if you want it to last long.

In the case of a human lace front wig, you can do whatever style you want. You can even bleach or color human hair wigs. Human hair front lace wigs are more durable and also budget-friendly.

360-degree Lace Wigs

The next lace wig we will be talking about is 360 lace wig. There are ways to define the best kind of 360 lace wigs. In this kind of lace wigs, sheer lace is used. The sheer lace is placed around the whole headline and hairline from the beginning to the end.

Then it is finally attached to the round surface or circle of the lace wig. All this effort is made just to make it look natural. It will make you feel as if the hair is growing from the scalp.

You can do different types of hairstyles. The most favorite hairstyle in this lace wig is high ponytails. The lace gets surrounded by a circle, so nobody will ever understand you are wearing a wig!

Full Lace Wigs

The third in the list comes to full lace wigs. The specialty of these types of wigs is that the entire base is made of lace. Another unique feature of the full lace wig is that it is 100% hand-made.

Each section of the hair is hand-tied. It means one can treat these wigs as their own hair, part the hair from anywhere, and do their desired hairstyles. Full face human hair lace wigs are everyone’s favorite because it has one size that fits all. The cuticles in this lace wigs are kept intact, and they run in the same direction.

If you go into more detail, you will find different types of full lace wigs. Like- full lace wigs with stretch in the middle, full lace wigs with poly strips, full lace wigs without any stretch. They are also available in S, M and L sizes.

Transparent Lace Human Hair Wigs

If you are thinking about the transparency of the lace, then no worries, there is a type of wig that goes completely hidden called the transparent lace human hair wig. This type of wig is made by normal but transparent lace. The base of the wig is also transparent. The transparent lace wig is very thin. It will look like your real scalp because it is very thin and also natural.

HD Lace Wig

The next in line comes the HD lace wig. Swiss lace is used in an HD lace wig. Swiss lace is very soft, light, and delicate too. This type of wig has a more transparent base than a regular wig. One of the unique features of this wig is that it makes the hairline invisible.

Bob Wig

If you are worried about the length of your hair, you can try bob wig. Women throughout the world are just loving bob wigs. If you have thin and weak hair, then bob wig is the rescue.

It adds much volume to your hair. They are inexpensive because the hair length is small. And you don’t have to cut the hair length, which is also a good thing.

Synthetic Wig

Not surprisingly, wigs made out of synthetic hair are a lot less expensive than those made with real human hair but these wigs are made much better nowadays and can still provide a very realistic, attractive look.

For the most part, however, synthetic hair wigs usually don’t last very long and are not good for those people who use a lot of styling tools on them even though there are “heat safe” types of synthetic hair wigs. Often, a wig made out of synthetic hair consists of many different types of hair and you can treat it just the same as you would a wig made of human hair.

Wigs made out of synthetic hair usually work best for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money, prefer short- to mid-length hair, don’t need or want much styling or care for the wig, and intend to use the wig only on a short-term basis. Synthetic wigs serve a good purpose but most people agree that for long-term use and for the most attractive look, wigs made out of real human hair are best.

Wig Maintenance

As with hair extensions, you should care for them as you would your own hair. That said, with wigs, in particular, there are some key factors to keep in mind to extend the life of your unit. Take off custom units and store-bought wigs every night and store them on a mannequin head. If your wig is sewn along your hairline, however, wear a silk bonnet or scarf at night to protect the hair and keep it in tip-top shape (the same goes for full-lace wigs that have been applied with an adhesive).

1) Wash your wig(s) with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner

Your own hair benefits from the oils produced by your scalp, but wigs don’t have a natural source of moisture, so you should avoid cleansing them with products that contain harsh detergents. This is where sulfate-free shampoo and conditioners come in: They work as gentle cleansers, so you won’t damage the integrity of the hair.

2) Don’t wash them too much

How often you should be washing your wigs depends on how frequently you wear them. If you wear a wig daily, washing it twice a month is sufficient to ensure hair remains bouncy and fresh-looking for as long as possible. But if you only wear a wig once in a while, a once-a-month wash will suffice. Never wash wigs more than twice in any given month, or you can risk damaging the unit and shortening its lifespan.

3) Keep all wigs on a mannequin head when not in use

Unless your wig is sewn to your head, we suggests getting a mannequin head where you can rest it between wears. This also works as a great way to keep your wig’s hairstyle intact as you get ready to go out. Leave it on the stand, then slip it on before heading out the door.

4) Do not use heat on synthetic wigs

Since synthetic wigs aren’t made from real hair, they typically cannot withstand heat styling or much manipulation. The heat can actually melt the hair, so stay away from it altogether. If you want to style your synthetic wig, you can create big, bouncy curls by using flexi rods and other heatless tools.

5) Never use heavy oils or styling creams

You don’t want to weigh the hair down, so it’s best to avoid anything that will make it look greasy or leave residue that has to be washed out later.

Styling Tips

1. Heat styling

When heat styling human-hair wigs, the tools and products you use are of utmost importance. The last thing you want to do is ruin the hair, especially considering how much of an investment wigs can be. In general, you should use professional thermal styling tools (flatirons and curling wands), preferably with temperature-control dials so you can determine how much heat is being applied to the hair. Additionally, use heat on human hair only when it’s dry, and always use a heat protectant before.

2. Heatless styling

One of the reasons wigs are so fun to wear is the boundless styling possibilities. Two jumbo plaits taken down is a universally flattering hairstyle that’s easy to do. Before braiding your hair, spritz it with water or a lightweight leave-in conditioner, then detangle with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to remove knots and make it lay flat. This simple process usually takes less than five minutes. If you unravel the braids after they dry (usually in an hour or two), you’ll get big, gorgeous beach waves.

If you want to change up a curly unit without straightening it, you can always “alter the curl pattern by setting the hair on different size flexi rods or perm rods,” hairstylist Ro Morgan says. And always remember to keep those curls hydrated. “[It’s] amazing for detangling, defining curls, and refreshing hair once it gets attacked by the humidity.”

3. How to alter a curl pattern

Generally, it’s advisable not to completely straighten a curly wig with type 3 or 4 curls and coils, even if it’s made of human hair, or you can risk permanent texture damage. But there are harmless ways to slightly alter your unit: If you want more volume, grab a wide-tooth comb and gently comb the hair, section by section, from the bottom up, to open each curl until the entire unit gets as big as you desire.

Another way to achieve bigger hair is with two-strand twists. Prep the hair by spritzing liquid leave-in all over, and then section it into 6 to 10 different parts, depending on how much hair you’re working with. Next, twist each section from root to tip while holding it taut. You can set the twists by either blow-drying the entire unit or air-drying it overnight (if you opt for the latter, make sure to wear a bonnet or silk scarf to protect hair and keep the twist in place). Once everything is completely dry, unravel each twist with your fingers — and voilà, you’ll have big, voluminous curls.

If you have a unit with looser curls, (like Brazilian wavy), you can easily straighten your wig with a flatiron (so long as it’s human hair and not synthetic). Just remember to use a heat protectant before applying heat, and flatiron in sections.

4. How to alter straight hair

It’s much easier (and less damaging) to create curls with straight hair than it is to make a curly wig bone-straight. The simplest way to curl straight hair is with a curling iron or curling wand. If you want tighter curls, try a small-barrel iron, and for bigger curls, a large-barrel iron is your best friend. After you section your hair into a few parts, start at the back by wrapping the hair around the barrel while holding the wand face down. As you near the top and sides, change up the direction of the wand, depending on where you want the curl to fall, and be careful not to get too close to your face. Once you’ve gone over the entire unit, back-comb the roots for extra volume. Spritz on holding spray and you’re done.

5. Perfecting the hairline and edges

If your hairline isn’t as thick as you’d like, hairstylist Tym Wallace recommends placing your wigs “a half-inch behind [your] hairline” for a more natural look. Another method, that Deryck swears by, is to use the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up for deepening the actual part of the wig. “It’s like a hair contour. It will deepen the part and make sure everyone can see it in photos. A lot of celebrities are doing it now,” he says. It’s also a great technique for covering up any lace knots by your hairline so your unit looks less “wiggy” (i.e., fake) and more like it’s growing out of your scalp.

Ultimately, the key to a flawless installation is maintaining perfectly-manicured edges. “If you have long baby hairs, your wig should probably have them, too,” Deryck stresses. “Mimicking your own edges is one major key to achieving a flawless illusion. It keeps people guessing.”

We have seen different types of lace wigs, how to maintain them and how to style them. Now it is your decision which one you want to get for yourself. Wigs give you the chance to try something that you would never be able to do with your own hair. Whether you have thin, weak hair, going through a hair transition, or if you want to change your look, then wigs are for you!

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