Pros & Cons of Wearing Lace Fronts and Sew-In Extensions


Do you ever wonder if getting a full lace wig, sew in wig, or a regular sew-in is the right decision for you? Have you ever wondered about different lace wig styles?

Do you want to protect all your hair or have some leave out? Adding wigs or extension hair allows for versatile styles.

Depending on your lifestyle, one style may suit you more than the other. If you are thinking about giving full lace wigs or sew-in extensions a try, below, we will discuss the pros and cons of each!

We will touch base on the installation and removal process, maintenance for your hair underneath, and which style is more secure. Let's get into the weave vs wig debate!

Pros & Cons of Full Lace Wigs

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Pro: Quick Results

If you are forever changing up your hairstyle or color, then having full lace wigs gives you the option of quickly changing your hairstyle.

Full lace wigs come in many styles, lengths, and colors that are available to you.

Want shorter hair? No problem.

Just take off your current wig and replace it with a new one. Instead of waiting hours to get extensions sewn in, applying a wig only takes a moment.

Same with the takedown; taking off a wig takes no time, but taking down a full lace wig install takes a couple of hours.

Pro: Easy to Take On & Off

Another pro of wearing a full lace wig is that you have the option of having it applied with adhesive or not.

You can take glue-less full lace wigs on and off, and no tape or adhesive is needed. Most glue-less full lace wigs come with tiny combs that attach to your hair underneath.

Also, installing an elastic band helps secure the wig. While wearing sew-in extensions, you must commit to the style until you take it out.

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Pro: Authentic Look

Full lace wigs give a natural look- due to the lace hairline.

Full lace wigs consist of individual hairs on the lace which gives a more realistic look and mimics the hairline. This allows you to wear the wig in updo styles (ponytails, buns, half up half down), as it is lace all the way around.

Wearing sew in hair extensions may not always pass off as realistic. Hair that is left out while wearing a sew-in may not always blend in with the extension hair.

Con: Slippage

Wearing a full lace wig that is not secure with adhesive or tape, may slip back or off your head- and no one wants that humiliation!

If you are wary of using glue or tape, take advantage of the clips or straps that are inside of the wig.

Con: Damage to Hairline & Scalp

The most important thing to know about full lace wigs when using adhesive or glue is that it causes damage to the scalp and hairline if not maintained properly.

Your skin may react with the glue or adhesive and irritate, along with constant applying and reapply. Nobody wants a bad lace front that also damages hair!

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Pros & Cons of Sew-In Extensions

We are obviously huge fans of sew-in extensions here at Private Label Extensions. Let's take a closer look at why and what to be careful of.

Pro: Hair is Secure

Whip your hair back and forth! With sew-in extensions, hair extension wefts are sewn onto your hair that is in a braid pattern. This technique is also called "weaving."

Weaving the extension wefts on the braids give a very secure hold. The only way the weft is loose is if the braid is loose. With a full lace wig, you may not have the most secure hold.

Pro: No Adhesive or Glue

Unlike full lace wigs, you do not need any glue or adhesive in the installation process.

No harsh chemicals used in the process, so the damage will be minimal if you maintain the hair underneath. The only tools involved in a sew-in are a threading needle and thread.

With full lace wigs, to have secureness, adhesive or glue is needed.


Pro: Low Manipulation

You do not have to worry about styling your hair underneath every other day while wearing sew-in extensions.

Along with low manipulation comes hair growth. Having a low manipulation hairstyle also saves you time within your daily routine.

No more waking up and spending too much time on your hair routine in the morning. If you have an active lifestyle, low manipulation styles are the way to go.

Con: Tightness

As discussed above, wearing a sew-in style is more secure.

While having the extensions sewn on the braid, the pressure of the thread looped around your braids (especially if they are small braids) causes a ‘tight' feeling. The constant pulling around your hairline causes damage, and in some cases traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by the weight of the extension hair around the hairline.

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Con: Neglect of Hair Underneath

Not being able to get to your directly while having sewn-in extensions makes it hard to care for your hair underneath.

Eventually, you have to wash your extensions, and your hair underneath is exposed to the water. Make sure that your hair underneath is completely dry after washing; if your hair does not dry completely, it can cause mold and matting.

Con: Removal

The takedown of sew-in extensions is more tedious than the actual installation.

Most women prefer going to the stylist to take down the extensions, so they won't mistakenly cut their hair. It is hard to see the back of your head, so proceed with caution while cutting the thread out of your hair.

Since your hair underneath is in braids for a while, you will experience tangling and shedding. Handle the hair with care during the takedown.

Every hairstyle comes with its pros and cons. Full lace wigs and sew-in extensions are both great protective styles.

Hopefully, with some of the major pros and cons listed above, this helps you to make a decision. Remember to base your decision on the installation and removal process, how to maintain your hair underneath, and how secure you want the style.

Now that you have read some of the pros and cons of full lace wigs and sew-in extensions, which one will you choose?

Let us know in the comments below!


  • Tessah Lynzee Woodhull

    I want to get a lace front or any sort of wig installed thats long enough to put up in a pony tail if need be. I to am very tender headed. But my hair is short shprt. Any suggestions? I have curly hair as i am native american and black. More native American than anyt hing. Please help

  • Lisa Dye

    I’ve been going back and forth on which method to take and the pros and cons on both were very helpful.
    I’m very tender headed but I also want to be able to pull my hair up without leaving any hair out.
    Which one would you recommend.

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