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Natural Wig fronts:

June 9, 2013

There are many different fabrics that can be used to finish the front edge of a wig, and each texture and fabric may affect the way the hair lays and behaves when styled. Thicker fabrics may make the front edge of your hairline look more natural or less natural: Your definition of natural is also going to vary depending on if you prefer a thinner, flatter edge or a thicker, frizzier edge, and usually stems from what type of hair you grew up with. The front edge of a wig is also affected by how the hair is sewn into the edge, so there are a lot of variables that can affect the front of your wig.

There is a popular movement to use lace in the front edge of a wig. This super fine fabric, usually in a skin tone color, can either be folded for a finished edge or left open and unfolded to sit flush against the skin. When folded it creates a thin, flat surface for the hair to be sewn into, so its really natural, but when this lace is left unfolded and unfinished along the edge, the fabric sits flat and almost invisible on the surface of the forehead, giving the illusion that the first few stitches of hair are sewn directly into the skin, or “coming out of your head”. 

Not everyone can wear a lace front. Firstly they are prone to wear and tear and usually have to be removed and replaced every few years. This is an expensive proposition: usually about $300-500 every three years. The lace also needs to be sitting flush against skin, so it depends on a perfect fit. Finally, if you have too much baby hair along your hairline, the lace fabric will show again that hair, as opposed to blending into the skin. Nothing makes a wig more visible and unnatural than seeing an unfinished edge of fabric along the front hairline. 

The next most natural way is to add baby hair along the edge of the hairline. On a person baby hair refers to those tiny little hairs that never quite grow to full length. on a wig, it refers to the hairs sewn in to the underneath surface of the front edge of the wig. (Some people also use the term “baby hairs” to refer to adding in some short curly hairs to the top surface of the wig to add height or a fuzzy effect along the edge.) These hairs are forced by the construction of the wig to sit flat against your skin, simulating your own baby hairs. Needless to say, this effect is totally lost if the wig is not a perfect fit and lined up exactly with your hairline, so make sure to consult with a stylist who can check your fit before bothering to add these hairs in. 

The other best way to cover the front edge of your hairline is to cut bangs. This is the beginning of a whole conversation about why the front of a multi-directional wig is always so heavy and why they only look natural when cut into bangs. We will iy”h go into a discussion in our next post about how multi-directional tops are sewn, why they always fall forward, and what to do about it….

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