When buying a wig or bundles of hair extensions to attach to your natural hair, there are various types of materials you can get to close off the front of your wigs or hair extensions to make it have a neat look or to make it appear like it is your natural hair.
What is used to achieve the former is called a ‘Lace Closure’, and the latter is called a ‘Lace Frontal’.
In this article, I will be discussing everything you need to know about lace closures. This will include information on what a lace closure is, why you should consider getting one, and where you can purchase a lace closure.
- What is a Lace Closure?
- The Benefits of A Lace Closure
- How to choose the right Lace Closure for you
- The Difference between a Lace Closure and a Lace Frontal
- How to install a Lace Closure
- How to Style a Lace Closure
- Pros of a Lace Closure
- Cons of a Lace Closure
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What is a Lace Closure?
A lace closure is a small piece of lace that is used to finish off a wig or a specific hairstyle. It is usually 4 X 4 inches in size and comes in a variety of styles, such as the three-part, free part, and middle part.
While middle-part closures only provide one styling option, three-part closures allow you to part the hair in three different ways. A free part closure enables you to part your hair however you like, making it a more popular option.
The Benefits of A Lace Closure
There are several benefits of using a lace closure with your wigs and hair extensions, some of which are:
- They do not require high or special maintenance. Washing, conditioning, and styling lace closure wigs or extensions is the extent of your effort with them. You just have to take it off and put it back on whenever you want for lace closure wigs and for lace closure extensions, just brushing.
- Lace closures are very durable and last you a long time.
- They protect your natural hair. Having a lace closure would prevent you from having to dye or apply heat to your natural hair in order to match your weaves. You will be dying the lace closure instead to achieve your desired colour or style. It is considerably safer to wear a lace closure, and you may experiment with a wide range of looks and colours with little to no harm to your hair.
How to choose the right Lace Closure for you
In order to decide the exact type of lace closure to purchase, you will have to consider the style or what kind of look you are trying to achieve. Bear in mind that there are limitations to the styling of lace closure, so if you are looking to style your wigs or hair extensions in many different ways, you should be looking to purchase a lace frontal instead.
If you are looking to maintain just one style, you should go for the middle part lace closure. This type of lace closure allows you to style your wig or hair extension in just one form.
If you are looking to style your hair extension or wig in more than one way, you can go for the three-part lace closure, as this allows you to style in three different ways or the free-part closure, which allows you to style your wig or extensions however you like.
The Difference between a Lace Closure and a Lace Frontal
The major difference between a Lace Closure and a Lace Frontal is that the former is used to close off your wig while the latter is used to achieve a perfect hairline which makes your extensions or wigs look more like your natural hair.
Lace closures also have limited styling abilities, unlike frontals, where your styling options are wide. Frontal recreates your hairline, so you use them in a manner you would like your natural hair when it comes to styling. If you are wearing a frontal with good-quality lace, it will be hard for people to tell whether what you have on is your natural hair or an extension.
Lace closures are also more affordable and easier to maintain than Lace frontals. Lace Closure has a more pick-and-wear vibe, unlike Lace Frontal, where you have to style them often to maintain a look.
How to install a Lace Closure
Lace closures do not have a complicated way of use. If you get a Lace Closure wig, all you have to do is cut the excess lace and possibly dye it to match your skin tone. Then you just wear it and go about your day.
If you are pairing it with a hair extension, the hair stylist will install it with the rest of your extensions. If you are installing your hair extension yourself, you can watch a YouTube video on how to do it perfectly.
How to Style a Lace Closure
The styling prowess of a lace closure is limited, so there is not a lot to style. If you get the middle part lace closure, it is already just one style, so all you have to do is just brush it to maintain the styling. For the three-part closure and the free-part closure, all you need is a hairbrush and something to make a parting with, like a tail comb and a hot comb if the hair can take the heat.
Pros of a Lace Closure
- Low Maintenance
- Very affordable
- Protects your natural hair
- Lasts long
Cons of a Lace Closure
- Very limited styling options
- If you get hair extensions with closure, your natural hair can grow out of the closure after a couple of weeks, making it push up the closure a bit out of place. You will have to go to the stylist to re-adjust it in place.
A lace closure is a good option to use on your wigs and hair extensions, as it gives your wigs this neat look. It also saves your hair from damage by heat or dye as you do not need to apply heat or dye on your natural hair to match your hair extension; you can do all of that on the lace closure instead. Lace closures are very affordable depending on the quality of hair you are getting, and they are usually sold with your bundles, so you will always get the perfect one to match your extensions.
Q: How long do closures last?
A: The closure itself is very durable and will last as long as a year, depending on the hair’s quality.
Q: How long does a closure sew-in last?
A: As hair extensions that are attached to your natural hair, they last between 2 and 4 weeks before lifting.
Q: Does Lace Closure damage your natural hair?
A: No, it doesn’t damage your natural hair; it protects it instead.
Q: How do I sleep with my Lace Closure?
A: You should wear a satin scarf or a hair bonnet when you want to sleep with your lace closure.
Q: Can I swim with my Lace Closure?
A: Yes, you can; although it is advisable to wear a shower cap, water would not damage your lace closure.
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