Why Do Lace Front Wigs Itch?

“Why is my wig so itchy?”

That’s a question that you have either asked yourself after a few hours of wearing your wig or you’ve heard your best friend whine and complain time and time again.

What’s the deal? Why does the lace front wig itch, and is there a way to stop it?

If you’re suffering from the notorious “wig itch,” don’t worry – you’re not alone. Plenty of wig-wearers struggle with the incessant itchiness of wigs. Thankfully, there’s a way to get rid of the itch.

Why Lace Front Wigs Itch and How to Stop It 

Wigs are notoriously known for causing itchiness, and for many people, it seems there is no way out. But why are lace front wigs so itchy, and is there a way to combat this issue?

Let’s look closer at why lace front wigs itch and how to stop it from happening.

1. Your Natural Hair is Dirty

Have you ever gone an extra day or two without washing your natural hair? I don’t know about you, but I notice almost immediate dirt and grease build-up, which leads to itchiness – not to mention an uncomfortable feeling in general.

Now imagine installing a wig on top of that dirty and grimy hair. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn’t it?

The truth of the matter is that you can’t install a wig on top of natural hair that’s dirty. If you do, you’re going to end up with significant itching.

Solution: Wash and dry your hair thoroughly before wearing a wig.

2. You Have Dandruff

If you always notice some unbearable itching in your hair, there’s a high likelihood you’re dealing with dandruff.

Dandruff causes flakiness on the scalp, leading to itching. 

Of course, if you plop a wig on top of dandruff-riddled hair, you’re not going to stop the problem; you’re only going to make it worse.

Solution: Take care of your dandruff dilemma before wearing a wig. Use a product specifically designed to tackle dandruff issues. Do not install your wig until the dandruff is gone.

3. You’re Allergic or Sensitive to the Wig/Adhesive

Some people have allergies to certain materials they might not know about. Yet, when they put a wig on their head or use a specific type of adhesive, they notice a severe reaction.

That, or maybe their skin is just sensitive to certain materials.

Either way, an allergy or sensitivity to your wig or adhesive may be causing the unbearable itchiness. This is especially true if the itching is accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms, such as redness and swelling.

Solution: Always purchase a high-quality lace front wig made with human hair, as they’re less likely to cause irritation. Consider using a different method of attaching your wig, such as a wig grip.

4. There is a Lack of Breathability

Let’s face it – if your scalp feels suffocated, you’ll struggle with some itchiness (not to mention discomfort and a build-up of sweat!).

Solution: Consider wearing a silk wig cap underneath your lace front wig. This material will offer superior breathability while also being impeccably comfortable.

5. You’re Wearing the Wrong Wig Cap Size

Did you know that there are different sizes of wig caps?

And if you’re wearing the wrong size, you’ll end up with continual itchiness.

That’s because a too-small wig cap will restrict movement, while a wig cap too large will allow excessive movement. These are obviously two things you want to avoid at all costs.

Solution: Measure your wig cap size before purchasing. To do this, simply use a flexible tape measurer. Place one end right in the middle of your forehead where the front of your hairline is located. Wrap the tape measure to the back of the head, right above your neck hairline. Continue to wrap it back to the front of your forehead. Jot down the measurement.

6. You’re Wearing a Cheap Wig

If I’m being honest, there are a lot of budget-friendly lace front wigs on the market that will not cause itching.

On the other hand, there are plenty that do.

It’s essential to always read the comment section when buying a wig online. Some cheaper lace front wigs are made with sub-par materials that can cause scratching, itching, and other discomfort.

Solution: Perform good research on any low-cost lace front wig you’re buying. That, or splurge and spend more money on a high-end lace front wig instead.

7. Your Wig is Dirty

Natural hair isn’t the only type of hair that gets dirty.

Your wig can get just as dirty – if not more so!

That said, a dirty wig will result in one thing – itchiness.

Solution: Wash your lace front wig every week or every other week. You can do this while it’s attached to your head in the shower, or you can do this after removing your lace front wig. Either way, it’s pretty simple – wash, rinse, condition, rinse, and dry!


Yes, it’s true – lace front wigs can cause some pretty pesky itching, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Figure out why your lace front wig is causing itchiness and remedy the situation. And before you leave, check out these frequently asked questions to learn more.

Why does my scalp itch under my lace front wig?

Your scalp is likely itching under your lace front wig because your hair is dirty or you’re struggling with dandruff. You may also be dealing with dryness due to a too-tight wig cap or a wig liner that doesn’t offer breathability.

Are there wigs that don’t itch?

Every wig has the potential to cause itching, especially if it’s a problem with your natural hair. However, 100% human hair wigs are known to cause the least amount of itching and discomfort. 

Can lace front wigs be taken off everyday?

Lace front wigs can be taken off everyday. However, you’ll need to use an attachment method that allows you to remove the wig on a daily basis. For example, a wig grip or a wig liner will let you take your wig off daily, whereas glue and tape might not.

Lace Front Wigs Can Cause Itchiness –  Now You Know How to Fix It

Unfortunately, lace front wigs are known for being a little itchy. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to stop itching in its tracks. The best thing to do is to discover why you’re dealing with itchiness and go from there. It could be as simple as using a different wig cap or washing your natural hair!

Do you deal with itchiness while wearing a lace front wig? How do you stop the itching? Share with us in the comment section!

About Michelle
My name is Michelle and I've been using hair wigs for about five years. I use them when I am heading out on a hot date or looking fierce for a special event. I created this site to help those new to the lace wig world.

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