Is a Frontal or Closure Extension Best for You?

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There is has been significant enhancements in hair extensions in recent years. The explosion of new products and techniques, while great news can often be confusing. Each type of extension claims to offer the perfect solution for perfect hair. Hmmmm...

... My Real Hair Extensions is sad to tell you that there is no such thing as perfect :) But we can happily report there is such thing as pretty darn good! Maybe even close to perfect.

Both Lace frontals and closures have contributed mightily to the current upswing in extensions for all women. They  have distinct uses and women need to consider the strengths and weakness of each type. So, we at My Real Hair Extension want to share this important information with novice and and even seasoned wearers of hair extensions.

Firstly, what  lace frontals and lace closures have in common.

  • Both very useful in creating beautiful sew-in installations.
  • They both serve the same purpose, which is to create a natural looking transition of a hair extension.
  • They both eliminate the need for blending.
  • They are both made of either Swiss lace or French lace.

If you are new to using extensions or want to refresh your knowledge, here are some tips for you as you decide what works best for you

What is a Lace Frontal 

You will see products with either a lace frontal or a lace closure. The obvious difference between frontals and closures is the size of the lace.

Frontals are used to recreate the hairline from ear to ear while closures are used to recreate the natural parting of the hairline and measure about 2 inches by 2 inches and are normally sewn into place.

In contrast, frontals are generally meant to be bonded in place in order to enhance the versatility of the styling. However, skilled hairdressers can sew a lace frontal behind the hairline using invisible threading.

Frontals have become popular options because they provide a natural hairline as well as protect your hair line from damage.

Here are several things to consider exploring when wearing a frontal hairpiece.

Frontals:

    • Reduce hair extension installation time
    • Closely follow the natural hairline
    • Allow personal styling versatility
    • Offer excellent quality at an affordable cost
    • Give the opportunity to moisturize and rehydrate natural hair
    • Offer breathability & comfort

    In short, frontals give you the ability to style your hair in many different styles wearing your hair up or down, and parted in any direction you like. Frontals make your hairstyle appear natural and as if your hair extensions are coming right from your scalp. It allows your natural hair a break from daily styling while wearing hair that looks natural and fits your own hairline. Even if you are suffering from thin or bald edges, frontal hair pieces are certainly popular for a reason and you may want to consider adding one to your hair collection.

    But FRONTALS ARE NOT FOR EVERYBODY!!! 

    If you are a beginner in wearing a weave, or aren’t going to a hairstylist to get lace frontals installed, they are not optimal for you. You should return to your hairdresser every week or two to get maintenance upkeep. If you’re on a budget, lace frontals are not for you, they can be very expensive.

    What is a closure

    A closure piece is a small piece of lace fabric, usually about 3.5”x4”, with individual strands of hair ventilated through and knotted directly to the lace. Silk closures have a layer of silk as well as a layer of lace.

    Silk closures tend to be a little thicker than lace, but have a more realistic scalp-like appearance due to the silk fabric. Fabric dye is used to tint the silk to match the wearers skin tone.

    To give a lace closure the appearance of growing out of one’s scalp, the knots will need to be lightened by one of many techniques, the lace tinted to match the skin tone, and often a fabric placed underneath to mimic a scalp. Lace closures are thinner, but some people do not prefer the lace grids that are noticeable up close. One closure isn’t better than the other. It is truly personal preference.

    Silk closures take more labor to create and are more expensive, but they are also more delicate. Lace closures have a longer lifespan, are flatter, but take more work to make look natural.  You should also seek your stylist’s recommendation to see which closure he/she is more familiar working with.

    When women think their closure looks "wiggy", that is typically attributed to head shape and/or application. For users with unique head shapes, lace closures are more effective because they tend to be more flexible. Your stylist's experience with closures also plays a major role in how natural your closure will look.

    Due to the delicate nature of closures, it is important to take extra care to prevent damage in the form of balding. Balding is when your closure begins to have a spot where the hairs have come out of the base creating a balding appearance. This can be caused by, but not limited to, excessive tugging, brushing/combing, scratching with fingernails or foreign objects, applying product directly on the closure, rough handling, or vigorous washing.

    Closures can mimic a real scalp, but they cannot be treated like a real scalp. You must handle with care. Each hair is individually ventilated into the base, knotted and secured with a strong adhesive. Based on the construction of a closure, you should comb/brush the hair from the ends, working your way up to the root while holding the hair at the root to prevent tension. Hair loss on closures is relatively easy because it is not wefted like extensions.

    Improper care of your closure will cause balding and, unfortunately, there is no way to fix this.

    Here are some facts and tips about closures you should know about:

    • A lot of women tend to confuse frontals with lace closures. Closures are not frontals; however, frontals can be considered closures. Lace frontals are basically a hairpiece which mimics a person’s hairline, covering it up from ear to ear.
    • Closures come in different forms and sizes, so not every purchase would work for you. Look for the size that works perfectly for your scalp so that it fits well. Laced based closures are preferable because they lay flatter and are more comfortable.
    • Never use glue for your closure; it’s a common mistake among women and it could lead to hair loss. Sew the closure in to avoid spoiling it or losing hair.
     Pros and Cons of Frontals and Closures

    Now you know your frontals from your closures, we hope we can make it easier for you

    Frontal

    • Pros
      • Versatile in styling – can be styled in various different ways.
      • Protective hairstyle – allows you to give your natural hair a break where cornrows are done to attach the hair.
      • Limitless Choice- Have fun with different colors, hair textures and really experiment with your hair.
    • Cons
      • Frontals are not intended for daily wear, only lasting around 2-3 weeks (if bonded).
      • The glue can be damaging to your edges (your baby hair) depending on the product used.
    Closure 
    • Pros
      • Protective hairstyle – like the frontal, this is a good way to protect your natural hair from breakage.
      • Can last up to 1 year if the quality of the hair and wig is good.
      • Great for everyday hair – usually quick and easy to whip on and off.
    • Cons
      • Not very versatile and you may find styling options a little limited.
      • You may not be able to get the desired ‘natural hairline’ look.

    Choosing the correct extension for you requires some research and knowledge. We hope we have assisted you in making the best decision for your needs.

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