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    What Are the Different Types of Lace for Hair Systems and Wigs? In-Depth Guide by Lordhair


    When it comes to women's wigs and male hair systems, there’s a wide variety available to cater to different preferences and needs. However, in recent years, the demand for lace hair units has significantly increased. While many people appreciate them for their breathability and natural appearance, there’s still limited knowledge out there regarding different types of lace and what sets them apart. 

    In this blog, Lordhair -  trusted globally for men’s hairpieces - will shed light on different types of lace used to design hair systems and wigs. By understanding their distinctions, men and women will be able to choose a lace hair unit that best suits their individual needs. 


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    How Many Different Types of Lace Are Out There? 

    Please note that there are lace types out there that are simply names invented by companies to distinguish their hair replacement products. We will be listing only the authentic ones. Here are the most popular lace out there: 


    #1 Swiss lace 

    Swiss lace is a fine and delicate material commonly used in the construction of real hair toupees and wigs. Delicate in nature, the net of this material is fine. Meaning, it tends to be less visible when worn on the scalp. This characteristic of Swiss lace contributes to a more natural and seamless hairline. 

    While this lace type guarantees softness and comfort, it is also more susceptible to tearing during the application process given its particularly fragile nature. Therefore, men and women have to be extra cautious when wearing Swiss lace hair systems and wigs. Also, it is not suitable for heavy hair density. It is best used for hair units with a light to medium density. 


    #2 French lace

    One of the most common and widely used lace materials used for the production of hair units. French lace offers a delicate yet sturdier foundation for the hair system, ensuring longer-lasting wear. Although both Swiss lace and French lace material are known for their breathable and virtually invisible nature, there are certain distinctions between these two. 

    Due to its slightly thicker nature, French lace is that bit more noticeable compared to Swiss lace (when viewed up close, of course). But if applied and styled properly, it will still provide a highly realistic hairline. French lace is suitable for hair systems and wigs with a medium hair density. Using a thicker density than this will make the unit prone to tearing, necessitating extra care during maintenance. 

    French lace hair systems and wigs can last anywhere between three to six months depending on your upkeep. However, its lifespan can be extended even further with diligent maintenance and regular upkeep.

    Here are some additional resources on lace and wigs: 


    - Premium lace wigs and lace front wigs to buy in 2023

    - 7 shoulder-length lace front wigs for women

    - Best human hair lace frontal hairpieces for men

    - 6 different types of wigs and toupees to fight baldness

    - A comparison guide on mono vs lace systems


    #3 Other lace types 

    In addition to the aforementioned lace types, many other materials have been introduced into the market. While these may bear minimal differences from French and Swiss lace, they provide certain characteristics that may cater to specific preferences and needs. 

    Here are a few notable examples: 


    • German lace: Lordhair has offered German lace hair systems in the last decade. It is a more durable type of lace whilst still maintaining a natural appearance, providing wearers with a reliable and comfortable hair system option. 

    • Transparent lace: OK, this isn’t exactly a unique material but a characteristic marketed in most lace hair systems and wigs. Transparent lace blends easily with different skin tones. Exceptionally thin, it appears almost invisible, giving the appearance of hair directly growing out of the scalp. 


    Note: These lace types only represent minor advancements and modifications of traditional materials (Swiss and French lace). 


    How Is Lace Used in Hair Systems and Wigs?

    A hair system or wig is often not completely made of lace. A lot of units make only partial use of it. Here are the popular options: 


    • Lace front: As the name itself suggests, lace front hair units feature a lace material at the front that extends from ear to ear. Also called frontal lace systems or hairpieces, they mostly have bleached knots and provide a natural-looking hairline, allowing wearers to conceal their receding hairline. 


    This hair system type is a popular choice for those seeking a natural impression at the front of their scalp while maintaining breathability, durability, and comfort.  


    • Full lace: We bet our readers have already figured out the differences between front lace and full lace hair units. For those who haven’t, these types of hair systems and wigs have bases made entirely of lace. Known to be more versatile than lace front hairpieces, they can be worn by men and women in different hairstyles without any problem. 


    However, a full lace hair system is not as durable as a lace front toupee. That’s because the latter is often combined with more resilient materials. However, it is more comfortable, breathable, and airy.


    • 360 lace: 360 lace hair systems and wigs are designed to deliver maximum versatility and realness. It features a lace panel that covers the complete perimeter of the head, from the beginning to the end attached to the circle of hair unit. 360 lace systems give wearers, especially females, the freedom to style their strands in various updo hairstyles (since lace extends from front to back of the head). 


    different types of lace

    A 100% customizable full French lace women's wig


    How to Choose the Right Lace Type 

    When faced with a wide range of lace materials, selecting the right lace type can be challenging. However, by considering the following tips, men and women can make an informed decision:


    #1 Consider lifestyle, preferences, and hair loss patterns

    Take into account your lifestyle, preferences, and specific hair loss patterns when choosing a lace type. If you are experiencing hair loss primarily in the frontal area, a frontal lace hair system may be the ideal choice. (Just to avoid any confusion - a frontal is a hairpiece that just covers the front of your head so they are a good option for men with a receding hairline). On the other hand, if you have multiple bald spots or extensive hair loss, a full lace hair system may provide comprehensive coverage and a more cohesive look.


    #2 Consider your breathability needs and climate

    Don't forget to consider the breathability of the lace material and its impact on temperature regulation. Both French lace and Swiss lace offer good breathability by allowing air circulation to the scalp. 

    However, if you live in an extremely hot or humid climate or if you tend to perspire heavily, choosing a hair system with Swiss lace will contribute to an even more comfortable wearing experience.


    #3 Choose the right hair density and type

    Decide on the desired hair density and type that best suits your preferences and desired appearance. For those who don't know, hair density is the thickness and fullness of the hair in the lace hair unit. Consider whether a light, medium, or heavy density (or a density in between) best matches your needs. Also, select the human hair type i.e. straight, wavy, or curly, to match your natural hair texture or desired style.


    Base of Lordhair Champion Premium

    The full French lace base of our Champion Premier men's hair system


    Shop Lace Hair Systems with Lordhair

    We've now told you everything about different lace hair unit types. We understand that selecting the right hair system for men or women is no easy feat. With so many options available, it is natural to feel overwhelmed. However, by consulting a reputable hair system brand, one can gain valuable insights and guidance to make an informed choice that suits their requirements. 

    At Lordhair, we assist our customers in selecting the most suitable lace hair system type based on their specific needs. Contact us today if you’re also struggling to pick the right non-surgical system for your hair loss. Our experts will be more than happy to assist you!