Wig Types: The Difference Between Lacefronts, Closures, Full Lace Wigs, & More
The most popular, trending wig type in recent years has been the lace front wig. A lace front wig has a sheer strip of lace or mesh like material that is in the front of the wig and gives the wig unit the appearance of an actual hairline. The lace is colored to match your skin tone so that when you go to apply your wig and it lays on top of your skin and scalp, it will look seamless and as realistic as possible. This detail alone along with some removal of a few hairs on the hairline and parting, takes away the "wig like" appearance to make it look as natural as possible. It goes from ear to ear and prevents you from having to keep your real hair out! As previously mentioned, this type of wig is the perfect protective style because you don't have to manipulate your actual hair and that alone will help your hair grow! It has the appearance of a full hairline and you're usually able to part it in the middle, the left side, and the right side.
Closure units are also a very popular type of wig and are perfect for people who still want versatility in their styling, but not as much maintenance. A closure is a smaller version of a lace front! Instead of ear to ear lace, the lace is usually a smaller square in the middle and front of the head and can be parted in the middle or parted on the side if it is wide enough or if it is sewn to the side.
A full lace unit is a unit that can be parted anywhere because the entire wig is made up of lace. Yes, you read right! Where there would normally be a wig cap, there is lace which makes it so you can part this wig anywhere and everywhere, just like you would do your own head. You're able to wear this wig up in a ponytail, half up half down, or even cornrowed. This type of unit requires a bit more maintenance, but gives you way more versatility than any of the units that have been mentioned so far.
A U-Part wig is a unit that requires you to leave hair out in the middle. This is great for people who frequently wear middle parts and like to keep their styling very simple. If you are suffering hair loss or hair thinning, or you don't like to use a lot of heat on your hair, this unit may not be for you. However, if you are someone that wants to wear a U-part and you don't want to worry about having to straighten your hair or manipulate your leave out, a naturally curly unit would be the absolute best option as it wouldn't require heat and you could twist your hair to match the texture.
A half wig is a great option for people who just want to add length to the rest of their hairstyle or want a simple up-do. To achieve the up-do with a half wig, this will require you to leave the hair on your hairline out. For a quick style that will just add length, most people will part their hair in half or leave a majority of the hair around their hairline out to hide the wig line. This unit can be very versatile depending on the style you're trying to achieve and doesn't require much maintenance.
All of these wigs can be made to fit your unique style and lifestyle, but you have to make it your own. Do not be afraid to rock a unit! If you are worried about your unit not looking undetectable, reach out to a cosmetologist or unit specialist/creator and they will be able to put your fears at ease. It is important to know the differences in wig types so that you can be comfortable and invest in the right unit for you.
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