I remember the first time I attempted to install a lace closure on a wig head. I had everything I needed. The hair, a stocking cap, push pins to hold everything in place and a good idea of pulling off a really great looking wig. Well! After watching tons of YouTube tutorials, I was confident that I could install my own closure. So after carefully placing the closure on the wig head and pinning it down until I was finished sewing it to the cap, I added my two bundles of Brazilian Body Wave and proceeded to look over my creation. I was so proud of myself. I had just finished my first wig. And I couldn’t wait to try it on. And that’s when the strangest thing happened. The cap was a little tight. Uugh! But that didn’t concern me as much as the closure looking not as spectacular as I thought it should look. You see, I’m not a hairstylist. But I was always a girlie girl who loved playing in my hair. And as I entered my teenage years and my mom gave me free reign over my hair, I experimented with color and my favorite hair weaves. So I put the wig in my bin of “forgotten weaves” and decided I would practice on some less expensive hair. And after a few tries I finally got it right. But this was about the time I discovered lace frontals. I was in love! A frontal which covers your entire hair line was great. It was a little easier to install versus a closure and it was prettier. If you haven’t tried a lace frontal before, you have come to the right place. The frontal made it so much easier to install and my finished look was great. I still like a good closure. But a lace frontal was my go-to from then on.
A lace frontal is essentially a half wig which goes from ear to ear and is sewn with approximately 3-4 bundles of hair. It covers the entire hairline and is very popular and helpful for women who suffer from alopecia or thinning edges. Their versatility allows you to wear a number of different styles including wearing the hair pulled back from your face. Such as in a high or low ponytail and box braids. A lot of my customers have told me that they prefer a lace frontal over a closure because they use less hair. So it’s a real money saver in the end despite it costing a bit more than a closure.
You want to make sure that you use the right adhesive to secure your frontal. Look for glues that are made for securing lace fronts. But they come in different categories so do your research. There are glues that can be worn daily and still allow you to take your wig off at night. There’s medium hold, which can last nearly a week. And then there is a long term glue, which can last up to two months with proper care. Just do a small test on your skin to make sure you’re not allergic to any of the glue you choose. That would not be pretty!
I want to leave you with a few tips on maintaining your Lace Frontal.
- Don’t comb, brush or tamper with your frontal too much. This could lead to damaging the lace.
- If you’re going to be in water, keep in mind that you should not overly wet your hair if you can help it. Too much water will loosen the frontal. Look for a waterproof adhesive or glue if you’re planning to get wet.
- Always allow the hair to air dry at you wash it or after getting wet. Blowing could alter the state of the hair.
Remember that a frontal and closure aren’t the same thing. There are plenty of different methods of installation when it comes to a frontal.
Do your research when it comes to getting a new hairstyle, and make sure that you’re not doing something that could damage your skin, hair or scalp.