Wigs are a great way for African American women to try out new and different hairstyles without the tedium and risk involved in straightening out their natural hair. Typically, you think of a wig as being cumbersome, and hard to style without showing the wig-cap. Likewise, often times the “hair” for normal wigs have been treated with loads of dangerous and unnatural looking chemicals that ruin the “real” look and feel of the wig. Cheaper wigs are even made from synthetic fibers that make it obvious the hair isn’t yours.
Full Lace Virgin Hair Wigs
Luckily for us, full lace virgin hair wigs exist. What are they, and how do they differ from a normal wig? Let’s start out with what virgin hair is. “Virgin hair” is untreated, naturally grown hair from a donor. This means that after being taken from the donor, it doesn’t undergo any bleaching, dyeing, perming, or other treatments. To truly be virgin hair, the full cuticle has to be intact and all running in the same direction. The hair looks and feels real this way, because it is real hair.
So what is a full lace wig? Full lace refers to the specially made caps that are much more effective at making the wig look like it’s a part of your own natural hairline. This is accomplished by a rather intricate process. The caps are completely made of lace, and the human hair is hand woven in to the cap. This allows you to part, twist, and style the hair anyway you want.
Full Lace versus Front Lace
This is in comparison to front lace wigs. Front lace wigs only have the sheer lace material in the frontal hairline area of the wig (though this may be in the back or sides of the wig depending on the intended use of the wig), with the rest of the cap being made from other, often cheaper material. Front lace wigs are often far less expensive compared to full lace wigs, but the major disadvantage is that you can only style the part of the wig where the lace is. In most cases this means you can only part the bangs, but will be unable to pull the back into a ponytail or twist without showing off the cap and breaking the illusion of the wig.
Full lace wigs are almost always made with virgin hair. In comparison, front lace wigs are usually made with cheaper synthetic hair or hair that has been heavily treated. However, this leads us to one of the main pros of the front lace wigs; more volume than full lace wigs. Front lace wigs often are more voluminous and have more hair in the back. This is due to the cheaper hair and mechanical factory construction allowing for more hair strands to be used. Hence, for a fuller look or particular styles, the front lace type of wig can sometimes be preferable.
With all of that being said, full lace wigs are more expensive, but are superior to pretty much any other type of wig. They last longer than other wigs, offer more styling options, and are easier to wear. While they may not be good as a first time wig, they are almost always the best investment.