What is a lace frontal wig?

Published By: Kennedy

Last Updated: June 2, 2022

There are several types of wigs so it can be confusing to know what makes one different from the other. Today we will talk about what a lace frontal is and its qualities. 

What is a lace frontal wig?

A lace frontal wig, or lace front wig, is a wig made with a frontal. A frontal is a hairpiece made with lace or silk that completes a wig or weave on the top part of the head. Its function is to blend the hairline and natural skin, to give the illusion of the scalp. It extends from ear to ear and goes about at least 4 inches to the back of the head. 

A frontal wig is ideal for those who want their wig to look as natural as possible, and can even help those who have a receding hairline. A frontal gives the wig more styling options and provides full coverage of scalp imitation along the hairline. It is the most popular type of lace wig. 

Qualities of a Lace Frontal Wig


What separates a lace front wig from a regular wig is the lace. Initially, lace front wigs were used in the Hollywood industry to change actors’ looks for films. The lace was designed to make the hairline of a wig look natural, and undetectable on camera. Eventually, celebrities started wearing the wigs outside of movie sets, which made the demand for lace front wigs higher for the general population.

Usually, lace fronts are made with silk lace, which is very translucent and delicate. However, a lace front can be made with different types of lace – all with different levels of transparency. HD lace is the thinnest and softest lace you can buy on the market. It creates the most natural look on your scalp and is the most see-through. 

The lace on a lace front wig extends across the entire front of the head – from ear to ear. Some lace fronts have lace that extends 4 inches to the back of the head and some extend farther back to create more of the illusion that the hair is coming out of the scalp. 


Lace front wigs are considered to be very high quality, because of the amount of labor that goes into creating them. However, lace front wigs also vary in quality, depending on the type of lace used and hair used for the wig. The lace used for lace fronts is made with either lace or silk. 

A low-quality lace front wig is made with standard lace and synthetic or low-grade human hair. A high-quality lace wig is made with high-quality lace and high-quality hair – such as remy or virgin hair.  


Lace front wigs tend to be pricier than regular wigs and lace closure wigs, due to the amount of extra lace used to create them. Lace front wigs can go from $100-$1000, sometimes more depending on the quality of the hair. 

Frontals are also made with different kinds of lace which contributes to the price being higher. A lace front wig made with transparent lace is going to cost more than a lace front wig made with regular silk lace. Lace fronts also vary in price due to their size. A 13×4 is going to cost less than a 13×6, and a 360-degree lace front is going to cost more than both. 


The main aspect of a lace front wig is its versatility. Due to the increase of lace in the front, lace front wigs are more versatile in the number of styles you can achieve with it. Depending on how far back the lace goes for a lace front, you can part the hair in any direction and in any place you would like. 

Frontals also have lace around the front edges, so similar to lace front wigs, one can style the baby hair look to make the hairpiece appear even more natural.  Rarely do lace fronts come perfectly suited for the buyer, so there may be a need to customize it. The hairline can be plucked and the lace can be tinted to make it look more natural. 

How long can I wear a lace front wig?

The amount of time you can wear a lace front wig can vary. Typically, a lace front wig can be worn for up to six weeks without having to take it off. However, there are some factors that will play a role in how long the lace front wig can be worn.

One of the more important factors is the method and products used to apply the wig in the first place. Maintenance is also a major factor in determining how long you can wear a lace front wig. If a wig is maintained very well, it can last more than 6 months. 

Is a lace frontal better than a lace closure?

Determining which is better depends on preference, what you’re trying to accomplish, and what qualities you’re looking for. In this case, there are some things that make a lace frontal better than a lace closure. For example, a lace frontal is more comfortable.

A lace frontal is easier to install and maintain. The biggest difference that would make a lace frontal more desirable is its versatility. Unlike lace closures, lace frontals cover the entire hairline which allows you to pull styles off that require your hair to be pulled back and parted in more ways. 

Read more: Lace Closure vs. Lace Frontal Wig

Can lace front wigs be worn in a ponytail?

Lace front wigs have natural-looking hairlines. Due to this feature, it allows lace front wigs to be worn in ponytails. It is important to make sure that your wig is secure with whatever adhesive is being used to do so. 

You may also need to tidy the lace, which would entail trimming any of the extra parts of the lace. Using hairspray to set the ponytail in place would also help in achieving the ponytail look with a lace front wig. Also, if the wig has combs attached to the inside, which will help the wig to have extra security.  

The Final Word

Lace frontal wigs are a great option for those who need a natural-looking alternative to their real hair. 


I have always had a love for writing and have been blogging for about 3 years now. I have a passion for teaching what I have learned over the years, especially about hair. I have had almost every hairstyle - typical of a cosmetologist’s daughter- including the big chop in 2015. With all the knowledge I have gained, I feel it is my duty to help others on their healthy hair journey. I believe education can be fun, and I strive to make it fun to learn about beautiful black hair.

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