Lace Wig Terminology


Yaki – This a popular lace wig texture among African American/black because it closely resembles African American Hair texture that has been relaxed. Depending on where you purchase your lace, the textures may vary from company to company.

Light Yaki – African American /Black Hair texture that has been finely relaxed. This texture is finer and less course than a regular Yaki

Kinky Straight– African American Hair that has been texturized & blow dried straight. It has course afro appearance but tends to be very soft to the touch.

Silky– Fine and silky like Indian or Asian hair.  

Hair Density – Light, Light-Medium, Medium, Medium-Heavy, Heavy. This is the amount of hair on the unit and may also be referred to as thickness or volume. If ordering a custom unit – you are able to choose a density for the hairline, front of wig and he base of the wig. Most in stock wigs are 100-120% density which is considered medium. Usually Light-Medium densities are the most natural looking.

Lace Wig Ventilation/Hair Direction – Freestyle has no built-in tendency. It can be worn in any style, even backwards. A Defined-Part means the hair has been knotted in a certain direction limiting your ability to style the hair in other directions. Freestyle is the better more common option unless you always wear your hair in a par.

French Lace – A fine, mesh lace material which is used as a base for lace wigs. Undetectable and is more durable than Swiss lace.

Swiss Lace – A finer mesh lace material which is used as a base for lace wigs. Though it is more delicate than French lace; it is also more undectable than French lace.

Kamo KnotsBleached Knots

As the name so effectively describes, these knots are put through a delicate bleaching process after being tied to the base. This takes out most of the dark color and leaves a virtually invisible knot that really appears to be growing right from your scalp. However, there is a down side; bleaching the knots does loosen the knots making shedding more likely to happen. As a result, most lace wigs are only lightly bleached around the perimeter.

Single vs. Double Knots

Single knots are considered the best method of knotting producing a tiny knot for each individual hand-tied hair. Two or three individual hairs can be single knotted at one time speeding up the process to the detrimental of creating a larger knot with less aesthetically pleasing finish. Sing knots are hard to detect, but shed easily.

Double knots literally involve knotting hair twice to produce a double knot which provides a stronger, more robust knot. The resultant knots are however even more visible under close inspection. These knots are more visible however they do not shed as easily. Superior units have single knotting around the perimeter and double knots else where to counteract these advantages and disadvantages.