What is a 4×4 lace front wig?

Published By: Dasia

Last Updated: March 17, 2022

Have you been thinking of switching up your style lately? Lace front wigs are a great go to option for many. Let’s take a look as to what makes lace fronts such a highly desired unit in recent years. 

What is a 4×4 lace front wig?

A 4×4 lace front wig directly correlates with its name. It’s a wig that has a 4×4 lace closure to help when styling the hair. They offer you the ability to have a natural look in little to no time at all. Wigs with a 4×4 lace front give you the option to have a part in any of the 4 inches that is made available, considering both the width and depth.

Oftentimes you can find a lace front wig that is customizable which is ideal. Areas such as the type of lace, lace color, and how the knots are attached all affect the final look. Depending on where you shop, you may not have to spend extra on these add ons.

4×4 lace fronts are a great option for beginners as little to no work is required to achieve a natural look. Finding these types of wigs are also quite easy to do. Lace front wigs are widely available both online and in stores.

Pros and Cons of a 4×4 Lace Front Wig


  • Natural Look – The parting allows you to style the hair in a way that exposes part of the hairline. This allows you to show off the part and results in a natural scalp look.
  • Little Maintenance – Once you have a lace front wig installed, little to no work is needed from there on out. Essentially style and go.


  • Hairline can be damaged – If the unit is not attached properly your hairline can be damaged, especially your baby hairs.
  • Price – Compared to wigs that don’t have a lace front, these units can be slightly more expensive.

Also read: Lace Closure vs. Lace Frontal Wig

How do lace front wigs stay on?

There are a variety of adhesion methods that allow you to secure a wig. The most common is glue or a strong hold gel that gives the same effect. You can anticipate the longevity to vary depending on the type that you use. 

Another option some may choose to secure a wig is sewing in the unit. The downside to sewing on a wig is the lace front is still left free. This means you will likely have to utilize a gel or some other material to lay down the lace and further secure the unit.

How long does a 4×4 lace front wig last?

With proper care you can get a lace front wig to last 2 – 4 weeks without any retouch if you use a durable hold glue. If you are using something more light weight such as a gel, you can expect the wig to last closer to a few days in total. 

Taking care of the hair in between installs is another essential needed to increase the longevity of the hair. A wig should last close to a year in total if maintained properly. Taking care of the lace to ensure it doesn’t get ripped is necessary to have the hair last a long time.

Read more: How Long Do Lace Front Wigs Last?

Can you shower with a lace front wig on?

You can shower with a lace front on but depending on how it’s attached, you may want to be cautious. If you use something like a gel, the moisture from the shower can easily loosen the hold making the unit not secure anymore.

If you do decide to shower with a wig on it would be in your best interest to utilize a shower cap. This will help keep the unit dry and keep out as much moisture as possible. A shower cap will also help preserve whatever style you are currently rocking.


Lace fronts are an easy to use option that result in an effortless look. Once you have the unit installed, not much else is needed to maintain the wig. 

There are a variety of different ways to install a unit and they last a good amount of time. With the proper care they can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 weeks and if maintained in between installed up to a year. You’re sure to be happy with a lace front wig.


A lover of all things beauty related whose been in the industry for about 5 years. While I'd love to say I'm a self-taught prodigy, I'm actually a licensed cosmetologist who has spent countless hours studying hair. I quickly learned sharing valuable information with like-minded individuals allows everyone to make the right choices when dealing with their hair. As a curly girl myself I love to experiment with different styles on a regular basis. While I do have a busy schedule between work, freelancing, and school; I always seem to find time for my hair.

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