One thing that’s very commonly paired with hair extensions and wigs that are used to achieve that natural hair look and feel is a lace frontal. The major function of a lace frontal is to recreate your natural hairline, making you have that perfect hairline, natural-looking baby hair, and overall natural hair look in any style of your choice.
- What is Lace Frontal?
- Types of Lace Frontal
- Benefits of Lace Frontal
- How to choose the right Lace Frontal
- How to care for your Lace Frontal
- The Best Lace Frontal On The Market
- How to Style Your Frontal
- FAQs – What is Lace Frontal?
- Image Gallery – What is Lace Frontal?
Hair extensions are pieces of natural or synthetic hair that are attached to your natural hair either by sewing in, glueing or clipping.
Wigs, on the other hand, are ready-made natural or synthetic hair extensions, but instead of clipping, sewing or glueing into your natural hair, you would wear them like hats.
If you have ever wondered how you see people with the perfect hair in different styles, shades, textures or colours, and you want to achieve something similar or better, you should consider getting hair extensions or wigs with lace frontal.
What is Lace Frontal?
A lace frontal uses lace material to blend any kind of wig or hair extensions, whether human hair or synthetic, into your natural skin and hairline.
The lace would be glued to your hair and blended with the foundation or powder of your shade to make it look like your natural hairline.
Types of Lace Frontal
There are different types of lace frontal that you can get for your synthetic or human hair wigs or extensions.
Here is a list of different kinds of lace frontal you can get:
- Mini Lace frontal: This type of lace frontal is a very small lace placed directly at the start of your hairline at the point of the parting of your choice, whether centre or side. It is very small, shaped like a triangle or something similar in shape. It is similar to a lace closure; the only difference is that the mini lace frontal looks more similar to your natural hairline, just like all frontals.
- Traditional Lace Frontal: This is a very popular kind of lace frontal, especially with pixie-cut hair extensions or wigs. The lace material of this frontal lays across the middle part of your forehead, allowing you to keep your hair off your face while still looking natural. To give you a visual idea, imagine a pixie cut that is a wig or a hair extension, but it seems like the person cut their natural hair to achieve that look.
- Temple To Temple Lace Frontal: As the name implies, this is the type of lace frontal that goes from one side of your temple to the other, basically from ear to ear. It cuts across your whole forehead, giving you the perfect full hairline that can be styled any way you choose.
- Extended Lace Frontal: This kind of lace frontal is great for you if you are the kind that loves to wear your hair in styles like half-up ponytails, with or without accessorising with things like fancy headbands or hairpins. It links to the lower part of the front of your ear tabs and extends across your forehead. So when you pack your hair in, for example, the half up, half down ponytail style, the side behind your ears that usually come out to play in that hairstyle would still maintain the perfect hairline.
- 360 Lace Frontal: This is the type of lace frontal that’s perfect for styles like a full ponytail. If you are the type that likes to pack your hair up in a ponytail, this is the frontal type for you. This is a frontal that cuts across your hairline round, from ear to ear, behind your ears, and all the way to the back.
Different hair vendors and stylists have different ways of categorising lace frontal. To make it easy for you to decide which one to purchase, I would advise you to show the hairstyle or look you are trying to achieve so the stylist or hair vendor can tell you which lace frontal would be perfect for that hairstyle.
Benefits of Lace Frontal
There are several benefits of lace frontal; here are a few;
- It allows you to achieve natural looks, as it produces a natural-looking hairline. When you wear a lace frontal that is installed properly, it looks like it is your natural hair.
- It can be styled in a lot of different manners. You have the luxury of parting it any way you want, middle part, side parts, no parts; the choice is yours.
- It protects your natural hair if installed and taken out properly if you are installing it with your hair extensions. If you are the type that prioritises protective hairstyles, a frontal will give you that.
- A lace frontal is very comfortable, and they allow your hair to breathe, which is very important.
- They do not take a lot of time to install if you are getting them paired with a hair extension.
How to choose the right Lace Frontal
The right lace frontal to use is completely dependent on the look you are trying to achieve and the level of flexibility you want with the styling.
For example, if you want the natural look but you are not really into styling it any differently till you take it out, you can go for the mini frontal. If you love full ponytail looks, you can go for the 360 frontal.
The same applies to wigs and hair extensions, as the look you intend to achieve is the most important thing when trying to decide the right lace frontal to achieve.
How to care for your Lace Frontal
If your lace frontal is installed on your hair, you should care for it the way you would your human or synthetic hair, as it is also human or synthetic hair. However, here are a few tips to keep your frontal laid and avoid it lifting:
- Always wear a bonnet or tie a satin scarf when you want to sleep. This allows for the glue to stay put, and you can avoid it lifting.
- Use the right products on your hair. This is a general hair maintenance tip. Using the right product makes the hair last long and cares for the hair. Do not use heat on hair that cannot take the heat.
- For curly hair, only wear a bonnet when the hair is dry.
- If you do not know how to take out your frontal by yourself, go to the hair salon. If you pull out your frontal yourself in a manner that is inappropriate, you will be causing damage to your natural hair, especially your baby hair.
- You can get hair glues for a quick fix if you notice a side of the frontal is lifting and you’re not ready to take it out. Apply small glue and tie it with a scarf or a headband, then use a blow-dryer on it, so it stays.
If your lace frontal is a wig, avoid hanging it with the frontal, as it can cause holes. Hang your frontal wig with the band instead, as even if the band gets loose, it does not cost much to replace. You should also apply the tips listed above to your frontal wigs, as the only difference is the wig is ready to wear. The same hair care and maintenance apply.
The Best Lace Frontal On The Market
There are different kinds of lace frontal; the most common ones which are regarded as quality are the Swiss lace frontal, Transparent Lace Frontal and the HD lace frontal.
The Swiss Lace frontal is very popular and comes at a very affordable price, and you would be getting excellent quality. They are available in different shades and tones, and you can get them in almost any skin tone.
Transparent Lace Frontal is another lace frontal of excellent quality. It is very thin, making it extremely difficult to detect that it is frontal. It looks very natural. Although it might not match every skin tone as it generally comes as white, making it fit light skin toned people without colouring, but there is an easy fix. You can also get it tinted to fit your skin tone.
Since it does not weigh much, it is comfortable to use over a long period of time.
The HD Lace frontal is very similar to Swiss lace; it is just that the former is thinner and a lot more transparent than the latter. They are softer and very hard to detect when installed. However, they are not as durable as Swiss lace because they are prone to tearing faster due to how thin it is. It still lasts long regardless, as it tears easily just when you are comparing it to Swiss lace. One advantage of the HD Lace is that you would most likely find the one that fits your skin tone off the bat, as it comes in a variety of skin tones.
How to Style Your Frontal
How to style your frontal is dependent on the style or look you want to achieve. You can get on YouTube to see the steps to take in order to achieve your desired look if you want to do it yourself, or you can just visit your hairstylist to help you achieve your desired look.
Here are some basic equipment you may need to style your frontal depending on the hair grade and the style you want to achieve:
- A satin scarf or a band
- Hair Straightener
- Hot comb
- Hair Wax
- Curling Iron
- Bendable Rollers
A lace frontal is a good investment if you want to achieve a natural look with the flexibility of styling however you want. They are durable and affordable, too, as you can get different kinds of lace depending on your budget.
In my personal opinion, if you want to get the best value for your money, you should go with the transparent lace frontal. It is very thin, extremely light, allows your hair to breathe and, most importantly, looks undetectable.
The next best thing is the HD frontal, which is equally undetectable, easier to maintain than the transparent lace, light and of great quality.
There are many options of lace frontal you can choose from, but the ones of the best quality are the Swiss Lace, Transparent Lace Frontal and HD Lace Frontal.
FAQs – What is Lace Frontal?
Q: Do I need to glue all frontal wigs?
A: No, you do not, as there are glueless frontal options.
Q: Which Lace is the best for the Frontal?
A: That would depend on your preference. However, the great quality ones are HD Lace, Transparent lace and Swiss Lace.
Q: How long should a frontal last when installed?
A: A frontal that is properly installed and maintained should last between 2 and 4 weeks.
Q: How do I sleep with my Lace Frontal?
A: Wear a bonnet or tie a satin scarf.
Q: Are Lace Frontal good for your hair?
A: If a lace Frontal is installed and maintained properly, it will not harm your natural hair.