Whether you are ordering a stock lace wig or a custom lace wig, there are some things that you might want to know to help you choose the wig that is perfect for you.
Before ordering your lace wig, there are quite a few options that you will need to become more familiar with to ensure that your wig is perfectly you.
1. Human Hair or Synthetic – You will need to decide if you want your lace wig to have human hair or synthetic hair. Human hair is more versatile and will allow you to use heated appliances on it however synthetic fiber is a much more cost effective option.
2. Hair Length – Since lace wigs pricing is determined mainly on the length of the hair, you will need to determine your preferred length so you have an idea of what the cost will be. Length is generally measured from the crown, not by how long it will hang. Be sure to check to verify that if the length is “finished length” or “one length”. One Length means that 16″ may be used at the crown however only about 10″ will be used at the nape so the unit has a “one length” look. Finished length means that if you order 16″ of hair, 16″ is used at the crown AND at the nape, resulting in natural layers.
3. Hair Type – hair type refers to the type of hair used (i.e. Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Remy, Non-Remy, Virgin etc.). Most human hair units are made with 100% Remy Human Hair. Chinese Remy tends to have very thick strand diameters, is very straight and tends to not hold curls well however Indian Remy has thinner strand diameters and generally has a naturally wave pattern. If you prefer unprocessed hair, a virgin unit would be your best option.
4. Hair Color – Most lace wigs come in natural darker shades however if you want lighter shades, frosted, mixed, tipped, two-toned or custom color blends, you might want to look into creating a custom lace wig.
5. Hair Texture – The hair texture you select will determine how much maintenance your unit will require. The curlier the texture, the more maintenance and product you will require. If you prefer a gentle body wave and want to straighten it, you might reconsider if you live in high humidity areas as this will cause the hair to frizz.
6. Hair Density – Hair density refers to how thick you want your unit to be and is generally represented with a percentage. 80%-100% tends to be a standard density however if you have much thicker or much thinner hair, you might consider adjusting those numbers so your unit looks more natural on you. Also, if you want to add a curly texture, you might need to reduce the density unless you prefer to have more volume at the top.
7. Base Material – The material and design of the base is one of the most important options to consider as it will determine how invisible and how comfortable your unit will be. The finer the lace, the more invisible it will be however the less durable it will be. Stretch lace is like monofilament and is perfect for the back of your unit to allow for growing hair. Thin Skin tends to mimic your scalp better because the strands are injected however it is similar to plastic and does not allow the scalp to breathe like lace does. Also, find out if the wig is just a lace front, full lace with the finest lace only at the hairline or full lace with the finest lace around the entire perimeter. This will determine if you can wear your unit in a high ponytail or no ponytail.
8. Base Measurements – Selecting your base size will determine how and if your wig will fit properly. If you are ordering a stock lace wig, be sure to measure the circumference of your head to ensure that your wig will fit before ordering. If you are ordering a custom unit, be sure to take your measurements carefully and properly to ensure your unit fits correctly. When measuring, be sure to not place the tape too tightly or snug on your head as it will lead to a tight and uncomfortable unit.
9. Base Color – The base materials are available in different colors to help mimic the color of your own natural scalp. Afterall, once the hair is parted, you will not see any wefts, only the color of your base so it makes perfect sense to select a color that matches your skin tone. If you are unsure, simply part your own hair and look at the color of your scalp. Odds are, your scalp is much lighter than your natural skin.
10. Misc. Options – Does your unit give you additional options to choose from? Did you want to add silk to your base? Or how about baby hair and bleached knots? Be sure to look at all of the options and select carefully as some options come standard and some do not. The last thing you want is to get your wig and wish that you had added something else.