WHAT ARE LACE CLOSURES?
A closure is a hair piece that is usually made of lace or silk, although lace is the far more common choice. It is made using a technique in which natural hair is ventilated on to a lace material. The hair piece is attached to a cornrow base and secured around the perimeter in order to help protect your hair and improve its look.
WHY IS IT USED?
Closures bring countless advantages, both for the health and appearance of your hair. Many women, in an effort to help their “leave out” better blend with their weave, chemically relax it or use lots of heat on the hair. However, this can result in hair that is much more brittle, thinner, and shorter than the rest of your hair. By wearing a closure, you make sure that all of your hair is protected so that this doesn’t happen. In addition to providing your hair with many health benefits, closures can also fix the problem of blending the color and texture of your hair with your weave. Closures solve the problem by not making you have to apply heat or dye parts of your hair to match your weave. Instead of having to worry about that, you can experiment with dying your weave any of countless colors because you would only be dying your weave and closure, not any of your actual hair, making the process much safer. So, using a closure is a great investment for your hair because it allows you to experiment with different styles and colors with much less damage being done to your hair.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLOSURES?
Primarily the closures are made by ventilating hair to a lace material. Apart from lace closures, several other types of closures exist. They include the following:
Silk Base Closures: A silk base that comes with individual strands as opposed to wefts and offers more styling options. It also comes in a thick fabric which lasts longer than that of lace but it also has a more visible demarcation line (the area of the hard where the skin and closure meet together). Silk closures have barely visible knots which come in high density and rarely need bleaching and they also allow ventilation in the hair.
Monofilament closure: It’s essentially a mesh which happens to be the most durable type of closure and is applied in a single-strand method, hence the name mono-filament. It is perfect for stiffer hairstyles with full bangs because it maintains the original shape without much effort. The mesh creates a natural-looking transparent base which happens to be transparent and makes the scalp look better.
Skin-polyurethane closure: It comes in a thin, flexible silicone base which tends to create the illusion of a natural scalp. It is not durable though, and it doesn’t let air in so it would not be ideal in hotter climates.
Combination/Hybrid closure: Uses the longevity of monofilament and combines it with lace so as to create a natural-looking hairline. Hybrid closures come in high density especially in the portion with monofilaments and the lace when combined with flesh-tone silk creates a more natural look.
Invisible Part Closure: This type of closure involves wefted hair sewn into a mesh base. It usually comes in an oblong shape and can be fitted in at an angle, where the depth of part can be manipulated without including the hairline.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PARTING POSSIBLE IN CLOSURES?
HOW IS A CLOSURE APPLIED?
There are many different methods you can use to seal down your closure, although some of them hurt your hair more than others. The most common methods that people use are glue, tape, hair bands, or sewing. Gluing is one of the most destructive methods as if you’re not careful, it can rip off your edges or even cause a bald spot. There are ways to make gluing safer, such as applying a protective solution to the area on your head where you will glue the closure, but in general it is better to avoid glue as it can cause many problems. Taping as a method of sealing is much safer than glue is, although it is much less sturdy. If you want to be sure that your closure will stay in, taping is usually not the best method. You can use a hair band by cutting a headband to match the circumference of your head, sewing it to opposite sides of the closure, laying the closure flat and tying the headband to the back of your head. However, if you accidentally tie the headband too tight, it can give you headaches, so if you use this method you should be very careful. If none of these methods sound good, sewing the closure down is another good choice without many downsides.
If you want to install your own closure, don’t worry, it’s not as hard to install as it seems, but in order to do it yourself, you need to know how to sew on weave. If you’ve never done this before or didn’t have great results last time, YouTube tutorials are a great (free) resource to use to teach yourself how to install closures perfectly. If you have any doubts or still aren’t sure, it’s a good idea to consult with a licensed beautician or even have them install it for you.