Wigs are used for a number of different reasons; to add length to hair which has been cropped short for example, without having to wait for the hair to grow or to make repeated trips to the hair salon. They are also used when the wearer is living with an illness or a condition which causes hair loss, such as alopecia, or treatment such as chemotherapy. Although in the past the source of many (Out-dated and not particularly funny) slapstick jokes, lace wigs or lace front wigs can provide a whole spectrum of different lengths, colours and styles to the discerning chameleon.
There are two different types of wig synthetic and natural. While many synthetic wigs can be made to look very realistic and are less likely to fade in the sun due to the fact they are colour fast, they can tangle easily and do not respond well to use by heated styling appliances. Natural or remy hair wigs are made from real human hair and can be styled and washed easily. One of the most popular types of human hair is Brazilian hair owing to its particular thickness and condition.
Some companies either claim to have ethically sourced their remy hair when they have not, or they remain ambiguous as to where the hair came from. If in doubt, always check with a reliable source. The internet has many sources, including ethical directories which will be able to give you a list of companies from whom you can buy ethically sourced remy hair. In recent years, there have been reports to show that some hair has been sourced under dubious circumstances, exploiting those who are poor or disadvantaged, so it is important to avoid shopping with companies who provide these products, as essentially in doing so the buyer will be boycotting them, and increasing the chances of quality products being manufactured by ethically conscientious companies who wish to produce beautiful hair, but not at the expense of others' lives and livelihoods.
Lace front wigs are constructed with a lace section close to the hair line at the forehead, while the rest of the base is made from a more durable material which will withstand more wear and tear than a full lace wig, for example. Lace wigs have a base entirely constructed from lace and can be glued to the scalp, allowing the wearer to take part in activities such as swimming and running without the wig slipping or falling. Lace front wigs and lace wigs come in a range of colours and styles so for those who are seeking a quick change in appearance, they are a good choice. Whether choosing a remy hair wig or a synthetic lace wig however, special care must be taken care to ensure that the wigs are kept in good condition and are cleaned correctly using the right methods, as this will lengthen the life the wig and will keep it looking clean and in good condition.