The Current Status of Lace Wig
New lace wig products are constantly introduced to the market. New terminologies are introduced along with new types of products, which are not easy to tell apart. You might fall for sales associates’ sugar-coated introduction of new products, but when it comes to expensive products, you tend to hesitate. Here come things you might have not known about lace wigs while selling them. Now, you should sell them with confidence.
Part 1 Lace Is Getting More Transparent and Softer
When it was developed, beauticians visited lace manufacturers in order to test samples on their skin. This almost invisible lace was clear and high quality, which was dubbed High Definition.
Ultra-thin Swiss Lace
The material is developed in Swiss with thin and soft threads, which provide comfort.
The most commonly used type of lace for wigs. Alternatively, it is called French Lace because it was first imported from France.
Appearing a natural hair: HD > Swiss > Soft
Soft and comfortable fit: HD > Swiss > Soft
Durability: Soft > Swiss > HD
HD Lace Will Dominate 2020!
BNB editorial board made an inquiry to a research wing of a hair company to find out what hair experts think about the current lace wig trend. The head of the research division anticipated that HD lace would be the major trend in 2020. Let’s hear from him about the recent trend shift as well as what qualifies as a high quality lace wig.
- What makes a high quality lace wig?
- It should be soft, thin, and less identifiable as a wig.
- What is the lace wig trend in 2020?
- Lately, lace manufacturers are receiving more and more HD lace purchase orders. Gradually, other laces are being replaced by HD lace.
HD lace is very thin like Swiss lace, so it can be easily damaged during wig manufacturing process. More wigs will be introduced with a wider hand-tied area.
Compared to the medium brown color of laces of the past, more laces will come as transparent or in beige color. It is due to a thinner lace with a wider hand-tied area that results in more visibility through hairs and part. As such, a revealing black stocking cap would be undesirable. Even for darker skinned people, scalp color is lighter. More wig caps are coming out in beige or brown.
To have light scalp, you need transparent lace, which can be partially tinted with spray or powder foundation, especially on hairline area.
- HD lace products tend to be pricey, right?
- That’s not always true. Considering the quality, the price is comparable to other laces.
- Can HD lace be a synonym for transparent lace?
- Transparent laces are not HD lace. Transparent laces are thinner than Soft lace and lighter, but it’s not white. It’s an easy recommendation for customers.
However, as transparent color becomes the major trend, some customers complain about lace color not matching their skin color. For those, you can recommend lace tint and foundation products.
Lace Wig: Technical Wonders
Bleached Knots: removing black dots due to knots.
When hair strands are tied on lace by knotting, the bottom of wigs show unnatural black dots. The bottom can be bleached to look natural.
Unnatural-looking black dots.
Pre-Plucked: hair strands along the hairline and its proximity are plucked to resemble baby hair.
Natural hair on a human head is not of consistent density over the head. Side hair is usually thinner, and the hair right above the hairline is less dense and thin like baby hair, which is often called “charm hair” among Koreans. As wigs have the same density of hair overall, it appears unnatural compared to natural hair. Customers used to pluck the hairline with tweezers and scissors. Nowadays, many products have improved hairline out of the box.
A more natural looking hairline after pre-plucking
Hot Trend: Melt-down Lace Method
A stocking cap in beige color appears as if the cap melted on skin
A beige stocking cap is cut and glued along the hairline. The edge is tightly secured on skin, so it blends in with the scalp. For this method to be used, the hand-tied area should look very natural. As many beauticians adopt this method, less visible laces are getting popular.
Glueless Wig? A wig that requires no gluing.
You can secure the wig on a head without using a tape or other adhesives. The cap construction is different from traditional lace cap wigs that require adhesives. It comes with a front comb, an adjustable strap on the back, and another comb. The wig fits a head perfectly as it is ergonomically designed.
Common Swiss lace wig cap & Glueless wig cap
Glue or tape is used to secure wigs. Adjustable strap on the back and front- and back-end clips can secure it without glue.
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What should consumers consider?
It comes down to preference. Swiss and HD laces are more delicate and fragile but less identifiable as a wig. On the other hand, Soft lace is more conspicuous and unnatural while being durable. Generally, novice wig wearers should start with Soft lace because without much experience of wearing lace wigs, they can damage wig cap easily. However, customers who prefer soft and light wigs will discover HD and Swiss laces are more comfortable.
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