How to Choose and Buy a Lace Front Wig
If you’ve ever tried to buy a lace front wig, you know that it’s harder than it seems. One thing you quickly learn when buying wigs is that they might not look good on you—even if they look good on the model.
This makes an already-subpar situation even trickier. Not having the look you want can lead to feelings of depression and decreased self-confidence. And, unfortunately, buying the wrong wig can make you feel even more uncomfortable in your body.
For this reason, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to choosing the lace front wig right for you. By following this guide, you can start buying the lace front wig that best suits your natural beauty. In doing so, you can highlight your features and start turning more heads.
As a result, you’ll grow more confident and comfortable in your own skin.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Check out our following guide on choosing the lace front wig right for you. We’ve broken the guide into three distinct sections, all of which play an integral role in how your lace front wig will look on you.
First and foremost, if you want a natural look, you must buy a wig that fits your head size. The importance of this cannot be understated.
For starters, having a wig that’s too small can be so uncomfortable that it becomes practically unwearable. In these cases, even if you have a perfect wig otherwise, you’ll be unable to show-off your fabulous new look.
Perhaps even worse, however, are wigs that are too large. Having too large of a wig can often lead to slippage, with many women finding they have trouble keeping their hair stable.
And nothing ruins a natural look like your wig falling to one side or the other. Additionally, having too large of a wig can cause problems if you look to do any high-intensity activity—such as exercise. If your wig is too large, you may find that it comes completely off your head—something that is sure to lead to long-lasting embarrassment.
With that in mind, you must first know your head size before you can purchase the wig tailored to fit you.
To do this, consider the following information.
First, keep in mind that wigs are generally sized based on three different measurements:
- Inches from one ear to the other
- Inches around your hairline
- Inches from your front hairline to the base of your head
Wig sizes can measure from Mini Petite to Extra Large. You may find that not all of these measurements exactly match your head size. In this case, you’ll want to choose the size that accommodates the largest measurement (or else the wig won’t fit).
Another important consideration to make when choosing the right lace front wig for you is your facial shape.
Certain wigs look better with specific facial shapes. Because of this, you can choose a wig that more-naturally mimics your natural hairline and highlights your features by knowing your face shape.
One of the most common mistakes that women make when choosing wigs is that they don’t consider their face shape first. Though it may seem easy to overlook, by forgoing this consideration, you may be setting yourself up for an unnatural-looking wig. Often, this leads women to feeling that their look is a bit “off”—even if they can’t put their fingers on why.
Consider these common face shapes and determine which one applies to you so that you can choose a more natural-looking lace wig.
Round-shaped faces can give women a more baby-like look. These faces typically feature rounded chins and hairlines and can create the illusion that one is a “butterball”—even if they aren’t overweight.
Because of this, women who have rounded faces need to go for a look that adds balance. This can be done with wigs that give the impression that the face is a bit longer than it actually is.
Some options for this include those with top-heavy volume or those that are both layered and long.
If you have an oval-shaped face, you’re in luck. Those with an oval-shaped face can rock nearly every style of a wig—so hit the shops and see which one looks best on you!
Pear-shaped faces place a heavy focus on one’s chin—and that’s not where you want people looking. For this reason, consider choosing a wig with bangs to redirect one’s eyes. In this way, the wig can bring more balance to one’s face.
Heart-shaped faces are often considered cute, but they do have one downside. Though the chin is narrow, the forehead is often quite wide—meaning that you’re going to want a wig with bangs or long hair to help cover the forehead.
Oblong faces can appear quite distinguished. These faces are identified by their long, square appearance.
If you have an oblong face, consider getting a wig that’s not too long—preferably jaw-length. You can add even more balance by choosing a wig that has some form of layering.
Diamond-shaped faces are characterized by their high cheekbones. Though you may wish to highlight these if you have a diamond-shaped face, the good news is that you can rock almost any wig you want.
Those with square-shaped faces encounter many of the same problems as those with more rounded faces. Namely, they have a squat, short facial appearance that would benefit from wigs that can create the illusion of facial length.
Finally, getting a natural look requires choosing the right cap construction for you. Cap construction also proves important in providing you the ability to style your wig.
Cap construction can be broken down into the following categories:
- Open Cap Wefts—Open cap wefts are known for having greater spacing than traditional wefts. They’re popular for those who intend to wear their wigs for long periods, as they allow for greater airflow. For this reason, they’re among the most comfortable cap options.
- Traditional Wefts—Traditional wefts use stitched synthetic hair that runs in the same direction. They’re the least customizable option, as they cannot be styled.
- Hand-Stitched Monofilament Caps—A natural-looking cap that is hand-stitched. This means that every strand of hair is laced through the cap for the ultimate natural look. For this reason, however, they’re also the most expensive.
- Lace Caps—Lace caps can be combined with monofilament caps for an ultimate natural look. Though they’re more expensive, they look like one’s natural scalp and allow for greater styling.
By keeping this information in mind, you can choose the lace front wig right for you.