Are you someone who’s been wanting to get your hair done, but you can’t decide which type of closure is better for you? A lace closure or a lace frontal? Well, today is your lucky day because, in this article, we’ll get to know everything about lace closure and lace frontal wigs and how it can level up your hair game. Ready to become a wig master in no time? Buckle up and read on.
What is a Lace Closure?
A lace closure is a horseshoe-shaped hairpiece that is placed in the middle of your hair. It covers your head from temple to temple and is used to close off an install, hence the name – closure.
Women who love simple, middle-part hairstyles prefer closures. But don’t underestimate this baby because it comes with a variety of styles – the free part, middle part, and three-part closures.
A perfect entry-level piece for those people who are just starting to explore the world of wigs.
What is a Lace Frontal?
A lace frontal is a half wig that covers the entire front of your head from ear to ear. It is popular for its natural look, especially on the hairline section. If you suffer from thinning edges, or you’re just unhappy with your natural hairline, this hairpiece will serve you well.
With frontals, you can part the hair anywhere you like. But its flexibility doesn’t end there because you can style this wig in many ways without anyone noticing it.
The Difference Between Lace Closure and Lace Frontal
1. Size – the common measurement of the lace base for closures and frontals is 4×4 inches and 13×4 inches, respectively.
2. Base Material – for both wigs, its base material can either be pure lace or pure silk. But some frontals are made of both lace and silk where you have silk in the middle section and lace on both sides of the base.
3. Versatility – lace closures give you a limited style as you can only play with the position of the part. But for lace frontals, you can achieve a wide variety of styles while giving you a seamless, beautiful hairline. From Baby Spice side buns to Ariana Grande’s signature sleek, pulled back hair and even an ethereal goddess’ half ponytail look is definitely easy to pull-off.
4. Installation – lace closures are usually installed by sewing it in a head cap and attaching an elastic band to it, so you can take it off and put it on easily, while lace frontals are glued along the hairline for that secured and more natural look. Both wigs can be sewn in and constructed into a full wig.
5. Cost – Frontals are more expensive than closures since they are already a halfway done wig, unlike closures, which are cheaper since they are only a fraction of a frontal’s size.
Lace Closure vs. Lace Frontal: Which is better?
To help you decide which one is better for you, let us run through the pros and cons of each:
For lace closure:
- Versatile part – closures come in a variety of parts – free, middle, three-part, which gives you that simple, sleek, but fierce everyday look.
- Blends your own hair and your human hair pieces together – if you are a human hair weave wearer, a closure is usually required so that your natural hair and the hairpiece will blend seamlessly together, especially in the hairline area.
- Perfect for everyday use – if you are the type who is always on the go, closure is your ally. Since it is usually worn with a band or sewed as a removable wig, it is easier to install and remove.
- Great in covering smaller imperfections in your hair – due to its small size, a closure is definitely all you need to conceal those little hair defects.
- It is more affordable compared to frontal wigs – it is smaller in size, thus cheaper, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t do its job.
- Requires little maintenance – thanks to elastic bands, you can easily put your closure on or off whenever you like. It does not require the same hard work you need to take care of glued frontals.
- Limits your styling process – since closures cover your head only from temple to temple, you are only limited to a few styles so as not to expose the unflattering parts of your wig.
- Takes time to stack properly – typically 4×4 in size, it only covers a small portion of your head, and stacking several closures will take a few hours long.
- Doesn’t fit sometimes – closures don’t fit snugly sometimes, especially when you are using one with a silk base. Another factor is inaccurate measurement of your head size, which can affect its fit and flatness.
For lace frontal:
- More comfortable to wear – sometimes, the sacrifices we make in the name of beauty is unreal to the point that we are willing to endure discomfort. But with frontal wigs, you can let your hair and scalp breathe because it allows constant airflow.
- More styling versatility – you are free to style your hair however you want, and no one will notice that you have a wig on. Tie it in a high ponytail, braid it, half up half down. You can rock any hairdo you wish.
- Perfect to conceal bald spots or hair loss along the hairline – by gluing your frontal, you can cover any flaws along your natural hairline as well as hairless spots near your forehead.
- Looks more natural – baby hairs laid flat on your forehead plus hair stands that seem to grow from your follicles are just some of the natural perks of wearing a frontal.
- More expensive compared to closure wigs – with the styling versatility, natural look and the labor of love that goes with your frontals, it doesn’t hurt to pay those extra dollars.
- Requires high maintenance – the installation, bleaching of knots, tweezing, tinting, trimming of baby hairs and gluing of that “real” hairline can be a tedious task. And if your lace frontal is a sew-in, you need to visit your hairstylist weekly for that regular upkeep.
- Prone to hairline and scalp damage – since frontals are being glued or taped to your skin and scalp, prolonged contact with adhesive can cause allergy or irritation. This can damage your hairline and scalp in the long run.
How to Choose Between Lace Closure and Lace Frontal?
Here are some tips to help you choose which one is the best wig for you:
- If you are a wig beginner, you can opt for a lace closure. It requires less maintenance, and installation is a lot easier.
- If you want styling versatility, lace frontal is the way to go because you can make the most out of your wig hair by experimenting with different hairdos.
- If you are into simple, everyday hairstyles, such as a middle part updo, lace frontal is the right option for you.
- If you are the on-the-go type, lace closure is the best because it is easier to wear. You can just grab it, put it on and go!
- If you’re all about the natural look, the lace frontal is your perfect match. With this, you can achieve that effortlessly “real” hairline.
- If you are looking for coverage and want to conceal flaws along your hairline or a large bald area across the front of your head, lace frontal is for you. But if you only want to hide a small spot at the middle part of your head, go for a lace closure.
- If you are on a budget, and you do not have hair imperfections to cover, lace closures are preferred since it is way cheaper than frontals.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to your preference and purpose.
How long does a lace frontal last?
Lace frontals can last you up to six weeks or more. A big factor to consider here is the quality of glue you have used to install them. The higher the quality, the better the longevity. Also, the fact that adhesives’ performance wears off with time makes your frontals prone to detachment. So for a safe and secure hairstyle, make it a habit to maintain and re-install your frontals.
How long does a lace closure wig last?
Lace closures last longer than frontals as long as you take proper care of it. It does not wear off easily because it does not require gluing as frontal wigs do.
Which wig base material is better? Lace or Silk?
If you want that natural scalp-looking part, you can go with a silk base. A lace base looks unnatural because the hair knots appear as black dots.
But in terms of neatness and ease of installation, lace base is a better option. Its material is flexible enough that it hugs and conforms to your actual head shape. This ensures that your closure lays flat on your scalp, unlike silk base closures, which tend to look a bit humpy if not installed tightly.
How should I wear my hair under a lace closure and lace frontal wig?
If your closure or frontal wig is sewn on a wig cap, you just need to tuck your natural hair under a lace cap before wearing it. But if you are going in for the sew-in method of installation, your hair should be braided cornrow style because this is where the hairpieces will be sewn on.
Which is more beginner-friendly? Lace closure or lace frontal wig?
Closures are more beginner-friendly because it is quick and easy to put on. You do not need to deal with the hassle of using glue. Just an elastic band, and you’ve already secured.
Can I color my closure and frontal wigs?
Yes, it can be colored just like your natural hair.
How to achieve natural-looking lace closures?
The key to achieving natural-looking lace closures is by reducing its density through plucking. No one wants funny looking humps on the top of their heads, right? Another trick is to bleach the knots or touch them up using a concealer that is at least two shades lighter than your complexion. This will add dimension and will make the part look more realistic.
Can I sleep with my lace closures/ frontals on?
Yes, but it is not recommended. It is still best to remove your closure/frontals with bundles sewn in before going to bed because friction will damage it.
Now, you have a clear understanding of what lace closure and lace frontal wigs are, which makes you equipped to pick which hairpiece best suits your needs. But whichever you choose, just know that it will surely give you that confidence boost you deserve to feel. So take your pick, wear your wig with pride and strut down that runway with your drop-dead gorgeous hair.