Differences B/W Swiss Lace and French Lace

All hand-tied lace front wigs are made meticulously by tying individual strands of hair onto a lace mesh base. Not all lace mesh bases are equal. There are two main types of lace used to construct the cap for human lace wigs, Swiss lace and French lace. Many customers get confused with them.

French Lace

French lace is more durable and will hold up better over the long run. The individual holes in French lace are a tab bit smaller than Swiss Lace . Small holes mean more holes which mean a slightly denser material. Although French lace is slightly thicker and more durable, but it will still give you the invisible hairline. 

Swiss Lace

Swiss lace wigs are the most popular and recommended choice due to its superior advantage in camouflaging. Swiss lace is very similar to French lace. The only real difference is it has larger holes and it’s thinner material than French lace. Due to its large hole, Swiss lace is less durable than French Lace. Also Swiss lace is less visible than French lace. Swiss lace is great choice for active lace wig wearers and can be used for everyday wear as long as you treat the wig with TLC. If you want a very natural hairline, you can choose Swiss lace.

We don’t suggest you that the whole base material were made from Swiss lace because it’s too delicate. You can mix it by having Swiss lace in the front and French at the back. Then the whole base would be durable and delicate. But don’t worry, although Swiss lace is more fragile than French lace, it’s still strong enough for daily use if handled carefully.

Should I get French or Swiss lace on my lace front wig?

So many customers want to know the answer to this question. We must say, without any hesitation, that if this is your first wig purchase, definitely go with French lace. Matter of fact, don’t think about buying a Swiss lace wigs until you have worn a few wigs, are confident in your application and removal routine, and are experienced at proper care of a lace front wig. French lace is the standard type of lace used in lace front wigs. The lace is thicker, more durable, and firmer than Swiss lace. Swiss lace is finer, softer, but far more prone to wear and tear, including holes or tears in the lace. It’s not advisable to use extended bonding times on Swiss lace wigs.


In my experience no matter what lace type you choose, both will give the most realistic hairline if you have looking for a natural looking lace wig.

In your journey to discover if Swiss lace or French is best for you, we hope we have provided some insight by knowing what the pros and cons of Swiss lace and French lace are, so you will have a better chance of finding the right choice for you.

Swiss Lace
Less Visible
Soft Lace
Less Durable
French Lace
Soft lace
More Coarse
A brief word on cap constructions

While we’re talking lace wig cap constructions it’s worth mentioning that if you’re not ready to wear full lace cap wigs, you can always start out with lace front wigs (where the lace is primarily at the front part of the wig).

Are knots bleached on both Swiss and French Lace wigs?

The knots can be bleached on both types of lace – the fact that Swiss is very slightly thinner doesn’t prevent knots being bleached. While we’re on the subject, it’s worth mentioning that bleached knots increase the rate of shedding (you can use all the knot sealer you like) as bleach causes the hair to deteriorate which means it sheds more quickly.


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