Lace wigs are increasingly popular with everyone, from celebrities to regular girls because of its realistic look. And people can switch their hair styles. However, there are also many different lace wigs such as lace 360, front lace, full lace, and others.

In today’s post, you will find the difference between these different types of lace wigs and also learn how to avoid bad lace front wigs.

1. What is a lace wig? (lace wig vs regular wig)

Regular wigs still make up most wig purchases, mainly because of their price. They are way cheaper than any lace wig options out there.

However, lace wigs are by far more realistic. It is a special type of hairpiece or wig in which human hair or synthetic hair is tied by hand to a sheer lace base which goes over the scalp. When you wear it, it looks like your natural scalp and hairline. There are mainly 4 types of lace wigs,

  • lace frontal wigs
  • lace closure wigs
  • 360 lace wigs
  • full lace wigs

And for the regular wig, whether it is synthetic or natural hair, it will look like just hair placed on your head. Yet, consumers still buy them solely because they are cheaper.

regular wig vs lace wig

2. Lace frontal wig vs lace closure wig: what is the difference?

What does a lace front wig mean?

Lace front wigs mean the type with sheer lace sewn along the front hairline. The hair bundles are sewn directly into the lace, giving a natural hairline appearance at the front. They are elastic and relatively easy to wear, which makes them very popular.

What does a lace closure wig mean?

Unlike the frontal lace wig, a closure lace does not cover your hairline from ear to ear. Instead, they attach a patch of lace to the middle of the hairpiece. Typically, the lace comes as a 4*4 patch but could be bigger or smaller depending on the wig.

Although the styling options are limited, you can still dye your lace to create a more natural scalp appearance.

lace frontal & clousure wig

Three differences between lace front wig and lace closure wig


Lace frontals are bigger than lace closure wigs because of the head area that they cover. Closures are usually about 4*4 inches in size, while lace frontals go to about 13*4 inches across the forehead.


Lace frontals tend to be more expensive than lace closure wigs. There are mainly two reasons why lace frontal wigs cost more than lace closure wigs. The first one is the versatile style, which is an aspect customers focus on. Another reason is that it includes more lace material. 


One of the main differences between these two kinds of lace wigs is the versatility of styling. The frontal lace allows you to style your hair in various ways as you would your real hair. You can hold it all the way back, tie a ponytail, etc.

However, with the closure, you have limited style option such as side part or middle part since it covers only a tiny portion.

3. 360 lace wig vs full lace wig: what's the difference?

What is a Full lace wig?

The full lace wig comes with a base entirely made of lace. Unlike the frontal, where it covers only the forehead area, full lace covers the entire head. So you need to use a wig cap for proper installation.

The full lace wig thus provides even more options for styling since it can look natural all through.

What does a 360 lace wig mean?

With 360 lace wigs, the lace goes around the entire circumference of your head. Yet, the middle has a patch of a breathable hair cap.

Yes, since the lace goes around the head, it also allows multiple styling options, but at a lower price than the full lace wig. You can hold it in a ponytail or even side parts without blowing your cover.

360 lace & full lace wig

Five differences between 360 lace wigs and full lace wigs

Wig construction

The full lace wig has all the hair bundles hand-sewn into the lace that covers the whole head. However, the 360 lace wig has the lace only in a circle around the head.


Full lace wigs are more expensive than 360 lace wigs. The main reason for this is the difference in versatility. Since you can wear the full lace wig in almost any hairstyle, it attracts a premium price compared to the 360, which only occupies a portion.


The more lace on the wig, the more breathable and comfortable it will be. So the full lace wig is often more comfortable than the 360 lace wig because the lace covers the whole head.


The full lace wig is much more versatile than the 360 lace wig. With the full lace, you can style anyhow. Yet, with the 360 lace, you can only use styles that do not expose the wig cap in the middle.

Installation process

The full lace wig might be slightly more complicated than a 360 lace wig. Since it covers the whole head, one must wear a wig cap underneath. Also, you should handle it with care when putting it on and off since lace is more delicate than a wig cap.

The 360 lace wig only poses a challenge for holding down the edges. So, it is much easier to wear.

4. Which lace wig is the best for you?

The best lace wig depends on one’s specific needs. You can choose based on your budget, usage, among others.

For instance, if you have a lower budget, you may opt for the lace closure wig over the frontal lace. Likewise, if you are a new user, you might do better with the 360 lace wig over the full lace wig.

summary chart about difference lace

5. What is a bad lace frontal wig?

Although frontal lace wigs are trendy nowadays, many users still find themselves buying bad wigs. It can be a nuisance and a waste of money. So how do you identify one? Here are 4 common features for bad lace front wigs and I will provide you pictures of bad lace front wigs for your reference.

The lace is thick

Thickness is one of the obvious signs of a bad lace front. The lace is supposed to be thin to help it sit neatly and blend with your skin better after cutting.

It will rise and become much harder to pull off the natural look if it is hard and thick.

thick lace vs thin lace

Unnatural coloring

A bad lace front wig will likely have some rare, odd color instead of a natural shade. For instance, if you find a wig with brown, black, or gray lace, this should be a red flag.

A good lace wig should be light or relatively clear. This trait would allow you to dye and style it as needed to match your scalp. 

unnatural color lace wig

Larger lace pores 

Before buying a lace wig, notice if the lace has larger pores from the hair strands. Such occurrences are common with brain wigs. If the gaps between the hair bulbs are huge, it may tug on the lace. As a result, you will have difficulty blending it in and styling it.

A good lace front must have thin, evenly spaced lace. Only a lace wig with evenly space can let the wig appear more naturally.

big lace pore vs small lace pore

Deficient elasticity

The quality of a lace wig has a lot to do with the quality of lace. A good lace must have sufficient elasticity. Otherwise, it will bring a poor user experience.

It won’t restore to the original appearance after stretching, so it can’t be used for long-term use.


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