Hard Front Wig Guide

Hard Front Wig Guide

Have you heard the term “hard front wig” but aren’t quite sure what it means?

Don’t worry. You’re not alone! There are many different types of wigs, ways wigs are made, and words to describe it all. So it’s easy to get confused!

Below you’ll get an overview of hard front wigs. You’ll learn what they are, how they compare to lace front wigs and ways to make them look natural. 

Keep reading, and in just a few minutes, you’ll know more about hard front wigs than most people do!

What Is A Hard Front Wig?

Basically, a hard front wig is one that doesn’t have any ventilated hair. Meaning the cap that the hair is tied into doesn’t have any lace or ventilation in it.

Hard front wigs are more common in wigs that have bangs. This is because the bangs will cover the front of the wig. And hard front wigs don’t look as natural as lace front wigs around the hairline. 

Hard front wigs generally will not need any adhesive to keep them on. This has the additional benefit of making hard front wigs last longer than other types (this is also due to them usually being made of more long-lasting materials). 

Hard Front Wig Vs. Lace Front Wig

Lace front wigs are just what they sound like… wigs where the front of the wig is made of lace. 

The lace makes the wigs look more realistic than hard front wigs. This is especially true if you want a wig that does not have bangs. In most cases, if you are wearing a quality lace front wig that fits you well, no one will be able to tell you’re wearing a wig.

The hair (whether human or synthetic) in a lace front wig is tied into the lace. This makes it look like the hair is coming out of your scalp. The lace can come in different colors and densities to give you the most natural look possible. 

Lace front wigs usually need to be attached with an adhesive – usually wig glue or wig tape. However, there are some other options available that don’t involve any adhesive. 

As noted above, hard front wigs generally do not need adhesive. They also don’t look quite as realistic as lace fronts, especially if there are no bangs. 

Another difference between hard front wigs and lace front wigs is the price. All else being equal (in terms of the type of hair, length, color, thickness, etc.), lace front wigs are usually more expensive than hard front wigs. 

That doesn’t mean all lace front wigs are expensive, however. There are some excellent quality ones out there that are reasonably priced. 

Tips To Make A Hard Front Wig Look Natural

The reason hard front wigs may not look real is due to their hairline.

One way to make them look more natural is known as underknotting. It’s a great way to conceal and blend the hairline of a hard front wig. 

Underknotting is the addition of fine, flat, single knots beneath the hairline of a wig or hairpiece. You generally want to have 2 or 3 rows of underknotting for the best results. 

This process works well because it covers the hard edge and conceals the material used to make the base of the wig. While lace front wigs generally give the most realistic look, underknotting (when done well!) can make your hard front wig virtually undetectable. 

This video also has some helpful info on how to make a hard front wig look more natural:

So there you have it! Now you know what a hard front wig is and how to make it look like it’s your natural hair!



Featured image credit: Wig Shop Heads Mannequins by Mike Mozart is licensed under CC By 2.0