How long do lace front wigs really last?

We get this question so much, especially from customers who are new to the concept of wearing a lace front wig, so we have to provide more information and context.

At zarawigs.com, we have a philosophy of teaching hair care. Many of our customers never learned proper hair care, after all, the information is not easy to find. The most accessible products are not necessarily the best for your hair, and all the information passed down, through word of mouth, is conflicting.

With each purchase, you receive information on the proper care and maintenance of the hair on your lace front wig. Some customers have complained that "all this work" is just too excessive and they "never had to do it before" and chances are, they have damaged hair on their own hair and their previous wigs did not last long.

There is never a substitute for proper hair care and when you're dealing with wigs, most customers order longer ones, which means the hair is older. There is no such thing as care-free hair and if you were to stop a long-haired woman on the street and ask her if she can maintain a beautiful head of hair with little work, she would probably tell you no.

Our customers generally fall into two groups: those who take good care of their hair (whether purchased or grown) and those who do not. We can definitely tell which is which, when a wig is sent to us for repair. Customers who take good care of their hair, will take good care of their wigs, and their wigs will last longer. There really is no magic here. Customers who take poor care of their hair, take poor care of their wigs, and they will likely need to replace them every 2-3 months.

As a prospective client, you have to determine which one you are. If you've been doing a poor job with hair care, then think of a wig as a substitute for going to the salon every week or two, and really look at it as a way to shift your spending. If you take good care of your hair, you can plan on your wigs lasting a year or more.

The other factor affecting durability is frequency of wear. If you wear the same shoes every day, they will wear quicker than if you have a few pair to rotate. Any customer who wears wigs primarily, should have more than one unit. The two most important things you can do to keep your wig in shape are:

  • Be kind to the cap. Don't pull or stretch or get hasty with your application and removal. Don't use excessive adhesive.
  • Be kind to the hair. Don't constantly comb or brush the wig, you know how much of your own hair comes out with combing and brushing and on a wig, it never grows back.