Hair Replacement: Lace Vs. Skin Front Bases

Hair replacement systems come in all shapes and sizes.

Different materials are used to create different styles of bases, some are very natural looking and some are not. Choosing a base has a lot to do with what hair style you would like to achieve.  If you’re going for a look with thick bangs, you’ll have far more options for bases because the hairline will not be seen. Recreating a natural, undetectable hairline can be a difficult task if you’re searching in the wrong places for systems. If you’re interested in showing off the hairline, you’ll want to take a very close look at all the options carefully so you understand what will be involved in order to create and maintain a natural look.

So, what base will give the most natural looking hairline, skin or lace?”

The answer is:  Both!  It seems to be more a matter of personal choice than anything else as natural looking results can be achieve with both style of bases. It really depends on what you feel more comfortable with.

Quality skin front hair replacement systems when made correctly can produce a natural appearance. In order to do so, the skin front edge must fit your forehead perfectly. The front must lay flat and should disappear into your skin.  The hair should either be looped or ventilated with very small single hair knots. The idea is that the hair should appear to be growing from your scalp.  An other tip is to be sure that your front hair line be slightly irregular with either a pre-scalloped front edge or you can trim the edge using an uneven cut line.  The reason for the scallop or uneven line is to break up a straight line in the front.  The human eye is immediately drawn to a perfectly straight hairline, so when you break that up by using scallops or a slightly uneven line it eliminates the straight line effect and the eye is not drawn to your hairline.  That being said, we would be remiss to not mention the down side to the thin skin front.  First it is important to understand that it is virtually impossible to have thin, fine and delicately undetectable along with durability and longevity in a skin front hair replacement system. The thin skin front will not hold up over the long haul and you can expect to replace your system anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on the thickness and your daily care of your system.  Also, a looped front edge will loose hair much like the hair naturally sheds from the head and looped hair does not have the additional help of a knot to keep it secure.

Lace front hair replacements also must fit correctly for the best result and we also recommend an uneven cut on the lace edge.  While the lace will disappear on the skin any straight line will be detectable.  If ventilated correctly the knots in a lace front hair replacement should be very small, very tight and even in dark colors should appear as though they sprout from the scalp.  A good quality lace front will be ventilated (knotted) using a random vent system.  Remember the uneven line in the front goes for ventilation as well as the cut line.  Now here’s the scoop on bleached knots; anytime you bleach hair you weaken the hair.  Bleached front knots will break more quickly and that is a given. As far longevity, lace can really be a better bet if you’re looking to get a little more time out of your system.  Lace will breakdown and fray over time, but you can always cut away the fraying edge to get extended use out of the system. If you take care when removing your lace front system you’ll cut down on hair loss and fraying at the same time.  Always use an adhesive solvent when removing or changing tape or adhesive for both skin and lace front bases.  If you remove your system by simply pulling the system off your head you run the risk of damaging the base and removing hair at the same time.

Whether you choose a lace or thin skin front on your hair replacement system just remember these few tips.  Irregular front hairline and proper removal will help keep your front hair line looking natural and will help to ensure your system will hold up for the wearing period of your hair replacement system. Consult with a hair replacement specialist before purchasing a system. Consultations are free and you could end up saving yourself a lot of money and frustration by doing so. Be careful when purchasing systems over the internet, especially “one size fits all” systems. Remember, your head and hair is unique, a custom system is always the best way to go, and choosing a reliable establishment is a wise decision.