Everything About Lace Frontals, Wigs, and Closures – Tress Obsession

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Everything About Lace Frontals, Wigs, and Closures


What is a lace wig?
A lace wig is also called "cranial hair prosthesis", "hair replacement system", or a "unit". A lace wig is constructed on a very thin mesh/lace cap. It is constructed to have a very realistic hairline. You can part the wig and it looks very natural. The wig appears as if hair is growing right out of your scalp and hairline. You apply the lace to your skin with lace wig adhesive and the lace vanishes once adhered to your skin. Lace wigs are very versatile, you can wear a high ponytail or up do.


What is the difference between a Full Lace Wig, Lace Front Wig, and Lace Frontal?
Full Lace Wig: Full Lace Wigs are constructed with the entire cap being lace as well as the perimeter of the wig. Full lace wigs allow you to wear your hair in high up dos and ponytails. When you apply the wig, you will have an undetectable hairline.

Lace Front Wig: Lace Front Wig or Front Lace Wig is constructed with lace only in the front of the wig and the remainder of the wig is constructed with a regular netted wig cap or other materials such as thin-skin. You will not be able to wear a front lace wig in high up dos or ponytails.

Lace Frontal: A Lace Frontal is a partial piece of lace that is constructed to only adhere to the front hairline and front perimeter of your head. A Frontal is great for women who suffer from thinning hairlines and wish to add fullness to the front hairline. The lace frontal is applied to the front hairline area, and your natural hair is worn out, or extensions are applied to the rest of the hair.

Will a lace wig damage my hairline?
No. If you wig is applied properly, it will not damage your hairline. You must cut your lace and leave enough lace to hold/adhere the glue to your skin. You will need extra lace to hold the wig firmly and avoid placing glue/tape to your hairline.

What is density?
Density is how thick or thin you want your hair to be. The standard density is 100% which is considered medium density.

What are bleached knots?
Bleached knots help make the hair appear as if it is growing from the scalp. When hair is tied to the lace, there is a dark knot where the hair is secured. Bleaching or "lightening" the knots reduces the visibility of this knot. On off black (1B) and dark brown hair, the knots are lightened to a light brown shade. Very light brown and blonde and shades usually do not need bleached knots.

Which style cap should I use?
In order to determine the style cap that you should buy is determined by how you would like to wear your wig. There are several styles of cap styles, here are the basic cap styles:

  • Full lace with a little stretch lace ear to ear, can be worn in a high ponytail.
  • Full lace without stretch, can be worn in a high ponytail.
  • Full lace with stretch lace from ear to ear, not the best option for a high ponytail.
  • Lace Front Cap, Swiss Lace or French Lace in the front & stretch lace on the back, high ponytail not achievable.
  • Silk Top cap, hidden or injected knots, stretch lace at crown, can be worn in high ponytail.


What is baby hair?
Baby hairs are the fine hairs that are ventilated around the perimeter of the wig. It gives a more natural appearance because most people have shorter hair around their hairline and nape. Baby hairs may also be used to cover beginner flaws during an application.

Can I still wear a lace wig even if I have a full head of hair?
Yes, regardless of the amount of hair you have, you will still be able to enjoy a lace wig. You must secure your natural hair as flat as possible. We recommend that you either cornrow your hair going straight back or mold your hair in a circular motion.

Who can wear a lace wig?
Lace wigs are for anyone! Men, Women, Teens, Children, young and old. Lace wigs are great for cancer patients, alopecia patients, anyone experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy, or scalp disease. Lace wigs are for all cultures as well!

Can I exercise or swim with my lace wig?
YES, lace wigs are just like your real hair, you can do normal activities with such as exercising, swimming, showering, sweating, etc. We recommend that you do not get your wig wet in the first 24 hours after you apply the adhesive. We also recommend that you use water proof adhesive.

What is ventilation?
Ventilation is the process in which hair is hand tied on to the lace, creating what are called "knots".