Wigs, Weaves

What is HD Lace?

Published By: Kennedy

Last Updated: July 25, 2022

HD lace has become a hot item for many wig and weave products. However, because it is still relatively new, many people don’t know all of its features. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about HD lace. 

What is HD Lace?

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. 

Due to HD lace being so thin, it is the easiest to “melt” to your scalp, or lay on your scalp to make it look undetectable. HD lace is also the most ventilated and most comfortable, it is a thinner Swiss lace. 

History of HD Lace

The proper name for HD lace is HD Film lace – because this is the lace that is popularly used on television for actors and actresses. Performers regularly need to change their look when they are playing a role, especially if they are playing someone of different age. One major way to transform a person’s look is their hair. 

Many times, when someone is wearing a wig on a film set, it is made with HD lace to look as natural as possible. The HD lace has less of a tint than transparent lace, and reflects light – giving it a more natural look. HD lace has been used in the film and theater world for years, but it has only recently been made available to the general public. 

However, assimilating HD lace into the general public is not as easy as it seems. True HD lace is extremely thin, so much so that if you were to pull on it it could easily tear. True HD lace is not meant to be worn on a regular basis, because constant manipulation of it could stretch or even tear the lace. 

Most companies will double the lace for lace front wigs or closures, so it becomes more durable. Others will use a lace that is not as thin as HD lace, but more translucent than transparent lace. 

What I Like

  • Comfortable –HD lace is very comfortable because of how thin and soft it is. It is very unlikely to irritate your scalp. With this kind of lace, you may not even need to use glue, because it lays flat by itself.
  • Transparent – Although transparent lace is thought to be transparent, HD lace is actually the most see-through. It is easier to match your skin tone with HD lace because it does not need to be tinted like transparent lace might. This is a great benefit for people who want to install their hair very quickly.
  • Natural – HD lace is the most natural-looking lace you can buy. The grids on the lace are very close together, so it looks like the hair is actually coming out of the scalp. The way that the lace reflects light also helps when you are outside or in a place where there is a lot of light, because it will not become more noticeable.

**This is a great product for people who take a lot of pictures or are in very lit rooms because the lace does not become more obvious.

What I Don’t Like

  • Expensive – HD lace is the most expensive lace due to its high quality. It may not be a great choice for people who do not want to wear their hair on a daily basis or don’t really mind doing the extra work it takes to customize lace. HD lace frontals usually cost between $60-$10
  • Very delicate – HD lace is so thin, that if pulled on too much it can tear. This can be a problem if it is your first time handling HD lace, and is important to remember how delicate it is.
  • **This is not an ideal product for people who want maximum durability for their money. HD lace is really at its best for special occasions – not everyday use.

How long does HD lace last?

Like any style,  HD lace’s longevity depends on how well it is taken care of. HD lace can last for up to eight months to a year with good care. The key is to handle it very delicately because it is the most delicate lace. One way to extend the life of HD lace is to avoid pulling it too often or too hard. HD lace can stretch over time, leaving it less natural-looking. The better the care for it, the longer it is likely to last.

Can you bleach HD lace?

You can bleach the knots on HD lace. It is the same process as bleaching knots on any other lace. Bleaching the knots creates a more natural look for the hair, to make it seem like it is coming straight out of your scalp. However, it is important to be careful when bleaching the knots on HD lace. One difference when bleaching the knots on HD lace as opposed to other laces is because the lace is so thin, you will need to be more gentle in applying the bleach. 

Does HD lace look good on dark skin?

The HD lace is undetectable, and blends very well with any skin tone. Therefore, HD lace would look very good on dark skin. Although it would look good on dark skin, it should not be the first option for beginners. HD lace is to be handled very carefully, beginners may experience shorter than usual lasting time. HD lace is a good option for those who do not want to tint the lace. 

How do you take care of HD lace?

Taking care of the HD lace plays a big role in the investment being worth its expensive price. There are a few ways to properly take care of an HD lace. Using a mannequin head should work perfectly to avoid tangling and cracking of the hair. Washing with lukewarm or cold water and avoiding direct heat sources can avoid heat damage. Chemicals are very likely to cause additional damage and trauma to the HD lace as well, which should be avoided or applied very carefully. 

The Final Word

Both HD lace and transparent lace make for a very natural look, however, their differences are important to understand to make the best choice for you. 


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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