On top of there being several types of wig constructions, curl patterns and lengths, there are also various types of wig lace we also need to be familiar with! We're highlighting the most popular few but keep in mind there are dozens of types of wig lace due to the lack of standardization in wig manufacturing.
From French and Swiss to HD and Crystal, we’ve got you covered on all-things lace. Sit back and enjoy!
1. French Lace
French lace is a slightly thicker and durable lace option. It uses a ‘strong material’ and is often characterised by lighter lace knots to create an ‘undetectable’ look. Its durable lace allows one to use a wig with French lace for a much longer period of time, especially when compared to other lace options.
2. Swiss Lace
Unlike French lace, Swiss lace is a lot more delicate and fragile. Wig wearers need to be a lot more gentle with this lace! It’s the most popular lace used on wigs as they are 'soft to touch’, easy to customise and allow for a more seamless, undetectable look compared to the likes of French lace.
Image | Cut-Out Swiss Lace
3. HD Lace
Often more costly than its other lace counterparts, HD lace has seen its popularity soar in the past few years. It has been said that the popular lace, however, is infact not a great option if you plan on wearing the HD lace wig daily. Due to it’s thin and delicate nature, one should refrain from selecting this as their run-around wig! Special occasions only, please!
4. Crystal Lace
Quite new to the market, crystal lace is described as the most ‘high-end lace material’ compared to other lace materials for wigs. They’re said to be more durable than their counterparts and less detectable. The lace material grew in popularity after the wig retailer, Genius Wigs, released a 2-in-1 reversible wig that can be easily transformed from a straight texture to curly. They named the lace of this wig ‘crystal lace’ and it has seen several YouTubers record reviews. Genius Wigs also sent alternative lace swatches to the YouTubers to prove just how amazing crystal lace is compared to the former lace materials mentioned!
We know this can get pretty confusing, so here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing your next wig: if you’re looking for a daily, run-around wig, we’d suggest buying a wig that features French lace. If you’re looking to buy a high-quality wig for special occasions (and you’re willing to spend a pretty penny on it), we’d suggest going for the higher-end laces such as HD lace. In terms of lace transparency, we’d always suggest bleaching knots, tinting your lace to match your skin tone and plucking your frontal/closure for the best seamless look. Happy wig shopping!