Weaves with a leave out piece seems so dated with the rapid introduction of lace wigs and closures. Black women who choose to wear their hair in weave used to only really be able to do a few styles. The main being a middle part with your own hair left out, a side part or a full head weave that does not leave out any of your own hair.
In terms of versatility the middle and side part were the most manageable to rock however did lead to breakage of the natural hair as this section would be manipulated daily to ensure a natural blend between the weave and hair left out. The full head weave to me was cool because it did not lead to any breakage as all of the hair is braided away. This style though has the tendency to make you look as if you are wearing a wig and if it has not been sewn right, a bad wig at that.
Fast forward to 2012 and the introduction of lace wigs to the mainstream hair shops. Black women were more demanding, we wanted better quality human hair (hair that did not shed or clump if you wore weave in the early 2000’s you know the struggle) and there was also a demand for a more natural look. Weaves had been ridiculed for their obviously fake appearance and they became distasteful around our black men. Now I do not feel that black women will ever stop wearing weaves completely but I understand the drive for something natural.
A full lace wig or a lace front wig is a special type of hairpiece or wig in which human hair or synthetic hair is tied by hand to a sheer lace base which goes over the scalp. There are slight differences between the two which are
A full lace wig: have a base that is made fully of lace unlike the lace front wig. This means full lace wigs are a bit more versatile than a lace front wig, because they can be worn in different hair styles. This puts full lace wigs at a higher price point than a lace front wig as well.
A lace front wig has a sheer lace strictly in the front edges of the unit that are cut off just prior to be installed on your head. The lace front wig provides the illusion of a natural hair line.
With very similar purposes the only thing that separates the two types of wigs is the price. But hair shops and websites such as Aliexpress will always sell a cheaper version. It is just best to be mindful of the price, quality and style. I have yet to try out a lace wig but here are some really good examples I found online.
I also wrote a post a while ago about Wigs and why women may need them feel free to remind yourself here: https://blackkeyblog.com/2017/02/02/do-you-need-a-wig