pros and cons of wearing lace fronts and sew in extensions

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

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Do you ever wonder if getting a full lace wig, sew in wig, or a 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 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!

About Leigh Jones

My name is Leigh, I am born and raised in Mississippi. I enjoy blogging and creating content to showcase my creativeness and personality. My goal is to inspire and motivate women.

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6 thoughts on “Pros & Cons of Wearing Lace Fronts and Sew-In Extensions

  1. Alia says:

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    I like that I can give my natural hair a break from heat and styling. But one con for me is sometimes it gets annoying washing the old glue off of the lace before reapplying

  2. Pamela Parker says:

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    I like the versatility of lace fronts, you don’t have the same level of commitment as you do with a sew- in. They are fun. and once you learn how to manipulate them you will become addicted. I cant, however, say that I don’t still swing back to the safety of a sew in, especially in the Midwest with the wind and the hats required for colder temps. with a sew-in, i don’t worry that it’d be left standing with just my wig cap 😉

  3. Justified Luxury Extensions / shonnie hudson says:

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    I’m a corn roll girl, lol and I have had those bad experiences with glue and tape and more so I refuse to tack my extensions down. I’ve learned to sew down the unit at the back of the nape and at the crown of my head it seems to be the strongest when it comes to a bit of weight on my corn rolls and I won’t damage my hair.

  4. Rosie Beckett says:

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    I am thinking of adding some volume to my hair and I am glad that I found this article because I had no idea that there are so many benefits of sew-in weaves. You make a great point that they keep your hair in a very secure position and this will give me the confidence to do my hair in any style that I want. Also, the fact that you don’t need to use any adhesives or glue in the processes is great because I won’t have to worry about damaging my hair.

  5. Dymphna A. Alexander says:

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    Thank you for this information. Because you have given us this information we are going to purchase some of your bundles next month.

    Theresa M. Cressey and Dymphna A Alexander

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      That is great to hear! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

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