Open Weft Lace Front Wigs
A Lace Twist on the Classic Capless Wig

Open weft lace front wigs are a twist on the classic capless wig. Lace front wigs come with different cap types and the open weft is a staple cap design.

As you already know, a lace front wig only has lace at the front where the hair is ventilated in single or doubles strands. 

The open wefts through the middle and back of the cap mean there is no integral solid cap; although there they often come with a lace mesh on the crown and a mesh material at each side (see images below) - this wig is frequently referred to as "capless".

The twist on this classic open weft cap design is to have a closed weft cap design where wefts are covered by a lightweight breathable stretch material.

Lace front wig with open weftsLace front wig with open wefts (capless)

open weft lace front wigs typically come with adjustable straps at the back or an elasticated perimeter at the back.

Traditionally they don't have combs as they are to be worn with the use of adhesives, but now you'll find that clips and combs are very common on this cap construction.

The "glueless" option for lace front wigs, always come with combs or clips at the sides and or crown to secure the wig to your head.

Open weft lace front wigs are made with the wefts being attached to a slightly elasticated structure that runs from the front to the back of the wig and so creates extra room from forehead to nape. This lace front wig cap design also gives extra room around the circumference of the wig.

The standard medium cap size of 22.5 inches (circumference) for an open weft lace front wig would fit a head of up to 23.5 inches.

It also means that if you have lots of growth hair (in density, length or both) then the stretch cap on the lace front wig cap will accommodate it.

Equally, the adjustable straps can reduce the overall size by up to four centimetres (approximately 1.5 inches) so if your measurements are slightly smaller than the standard 22.5 inch lace front wig cap, then you'll be able to adjust it to make it smaller.

This is by another super easy lace front wig cap construction to use and is a great option for those who are new to wearing lace front wigs as well as being popular with those who have worn them for some time.

Lace front wig with solid cap and with open weftsLace front wigs with (1) solid stretch cap and (2) open wefts

Adhesive is not used for the non-lace perimeter of this almost capless wig – this does not make the wig less secure as the back secured by the adjustable straps at the back that start from just behind the ears (where the lace stops) reach round to the nape of the neck.

As there is no lace at the top of  the ears, it means that the hair cannot be worn in a high up-do as the edge of the cap would show – however our top tip is to simply go for the trendy tousled (or loose) ponytail so that some of the hair is covering the top and back of your ears, which means the cap edge is out of sight – ta-dah!

Open Weft Lace Front Wigs - The Benefits, Drawbacks and Variations...

Open weft lace front wig with stretch at the sidesLace front wig: stretch at the sides and open wefts


  • Easy to put on
  • Extra wefts can be added
  • Allow ventilation


  • Hair cannot be worn in a taut, high up-do due to the stretch panel at the ears
  • Hair cannot be parted across the open wefts, only at the lace front part


It's easy to be enticed into all sorts of options for your lace front wig cap construction, without really knowing whether you need (or even want) the full complement of accessories.

The TCPG Top Tip for finding your way through the thicket of full lace wig cap designs is to decide: what it is you need, what it is you want and then choose your full lace wig cap construction; after all, it's going to be the hair that you wear.

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