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    Posted: Feb 26 2007 at 3:07pm
Okay since the topic of closures has been running rampant around this camp, and I've gotten hit up for information, I thought it's time to post this here.. I dug up one of my old Hair Boutique threads and expanded it for this forum..
 
I think I thought of everything.. If I missed something or mis-stated something, sing out!!!
 

 

Closure

Lace Frontal

What is the difference between the two??

 

Note: The big difference in a lace frontal and a closure is the construction, the materials used, and how they are applied.

In GENERAL a closure piece is usually used for sew in installs/applications. If placed properly just behind the hairline, it can allow the wearer to wear a full weave with no hair left out while giving the appearance of a natural scalp area.

 

Closures do not run temple to temple. Instead they are placed in the “horseshoe” area at the top of a weave to close off the style. (Hence the name closure)

 

The most popular breathable closures are constructed from silk mesh with a poly strip or thin skin around the outer perimeter of the mesh which strengthens the mesh (for a sewn-in application) or to make bonding the closure easier. These closures allow for freestyle parting along the cap area. The addition of a flesh colored stocking under will help to add the look of a natural scalp to this style of closures. This type of closure may require the sealing of the knots (as in a lace frontal) to help keep the hair secured firmly in the base.

 

Some vendors also construct closures from lace similar to or slightly heavier than a lace frontal. Lace based closures are installed like other closures, but may not look as natural when parted as they will tent to have a “grid” like appearance in contrast to the braided foundation they are installed on top of.

 

A few vendors use a combination of stretch lace and flesh colored French silk to create a breathable closure which looks like natural skin. The “skin” can be dyed to match the wearer’s own natural skin.

 

While not nearly as popular these days, some vendors continue to manufacture and sell non breathable closures. These closures are usually a silk mesh top with a full flesh colored poly coating or full flesh colored vinyl skin top (which was once popular in older style wigs)

 

In GENERAL a lacefrontal is meant to be bonded in place. Like a lacefront wig, a lacefrontal piece has a realistic hairline which is meant to mimic hair growing from the scalp. When bonded along the hairline correctly, they achieve just this affect.

 

Lacefrontals cover a larger area than closure as they will have a temple to temple hairline. This larger temple to temple area in combination with the replication of a natural hairline allows for many off the face type of hairstyles that are not possible with a regular closure. Just like its full sized lacefront wig counterparts, a frontal will require the sealing of the knots to help keep the hair secured firmly in the cap.

How is it installed??

Closures can be installed by bonding, as well as by attaching with the use of clips. The most popular method for installing closures is by sewing the closure then installing the rest of the weave around the closure. The closure is placed close to the edge of the braided foundation near the hair line.. The stylist then sews around the perimeter of the closure taking acre to stitch so that the stitches are concealed..

 

Depending on the desired finished style, some of the wearer’s own natural hair may or may not be left out near the perimeter of the front edge of the closure to help conceal the front edge.

 

Like a closure, lace frontals can be sewn in place or applied using clips. However a natural hairline will not be achieved if sewn or clipped in the front. Most stylists install a lacefrontal using clips or by sewing down the back of the frontal and use a bonding agent to glue the front hairline down.

 

Unlike a closure, none of the wearers own hair will be left out in a bonded lacefrontal installation as the piece is meant to create a natural hairline

 

 

What are my styling options

Unlike the closures of old you are not limited to simply the “China Doll” bangs look with a closure.

 
Closures (in particular the freestyle parting variety) will allow plenty of styling freedom. Freestyle caps allow you to part anywhere along the cap to create the style you want. Swoop bangs, etc are possible. With a good installation technique and skilled haircut, you can achieve many styling options with a closure.
 
The one restriction is with styles which pull the hair completely off the face. These kinds of styles are generally not possible with closures (even with a GREAT install and cut). As these pieces are not designed to specifically mimic a natural hairline off the face styles will make it difficult to discretely conceal the front edge of the closure.. Some manipulation of the installations techniques (for example bonding the closure close to the hairline) may allow some of this kind of styling versatility.
 
In GENERAL styles with no hair on the face are best achieved with a lacefrontal.
 

All of the styling options available with a closure are also possible with a lacefrontal. However, because a lacefrontal mimics the look of a natural hairline, styles with the hair pull completely off the face are possible with a lacefrontal.

Please not that in order to achieve this look flawlessly, the front perimeter of the lacefrontal must be bonded. (versus glue or clips)

How long does it last??

The lifespan of a closure depends on the quality of the hair and the cap construction. Well constructed closures can last as long as 3-5 years. Others have a lifespan of 3-12 months. Again the lifespan depends on many factors that contribute to the wear factor. (care, quality, etc..)

Due to the delicate nature of the materials in which it is constructed from, lacefrontals may have a lifespan of 3-12 months depending on a variety of factors that contribute to the wear factor. (care, quality, etc..)

 
Here's a thread which contains tips for making lacebased closures look like a natural scalp: Closures + Scalp Look + Tips
 
One final thought... I know some ladies sleep on the HairBoutique and HE101 forums, but ladies there is good information EVERYWHERE even from our sistahs a few shades lighter than us..LOLLOL So for you ladies looking to see how good a lacefrontal looks applied check this thread out:
 
Originally posted by Longhairdreams Longhairdreams wrote:

Ok so its been awhile since I've worn any extensions.I used hair I got from Indianhairs.com.The looks and feels beautiful.It was worth the money I spent.I installed with liquid gold(personal preference).I put wefts all the way up to the top of my head.They are literally sitting over my part.My hair is super short so i needed to cover it all.Then I used a frontal I made out of a crappy lace wig I had.This is the result.I'm actually suprised how well it turned out.And here's your hair porn,lol.With all the pics I took you would think I'm full of myselfLOL.
Cap0547.jpg
Cap0560.jpg
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This last pic is showing the frontal piece.
 
 
Closure install pics (courtesy of Professor EssenceLOL)
Originally posted by essence essence wrote:

lol at weave move.... LOL
here is a pic of a braiding pattern from closure-hair.com.... see the braid going around the perimeter?  it looks best when u do the braid like this and then sew the track around.. this is a great braiding pattern.... what i do is similar except i just braid the hair inside the perimeter going straight to the back.. but this one is a lil better...

 
Malinda's closure install tutorial (this is also in the Weave/Extensions 101 thread):


Edited by DivaVocals - Jul 20 2007 at 5:50pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 26 2007 at 3:14pm
LOL @ Lighter skinned. I didnt know what u meant til I clicked it. Great info! Her hair looks awesome. I cant even tell its a frontal or anything. Whoever would have known!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 26 2007 at 4:11pm
Thanks for the 411 DivaV ... I always thought that closures weren't for straight back styles but wasn't sure what with all the talk about them lately.
 
LOL @ hair porn!  Longhairdreams has hair skills ... that frontal and LG install looks really good.   Everyone is an expert at weaves now! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 26 2007 at 4:47pm
Originally posted by rickysrose rickysrose wrote:

Thanks for the 411 DivaV ... I always thought that closures weren't for straight back styles but wasn't sure what with all the talk about them lately.
 
LOL @ hair porn!  Longhairdreams has hair skills ... that frontal and LG install looks really good.   Everyone is an expert at weaves now! 
Closures don't work well for off the face styles IMO.. (I updated this to reflect this)
 
Yep hair porn!!LOLLOL Longhairdreams really does have skills... I gotta see if she can repost her before pictures.. Your jaw will drop!!!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 26 2007 at 6:28pm
thanks for posting this DIVA!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 26 2007 at 7:16pm
when i click on the link i only see her post, no pics. help!
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her pics are in the post.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 26 2007 at 8:54pm
Thank you so much for this post.  Thumbs%20Up  The EPRT closure zombie died this weekend.:-(  I think I am going to have to research frontal vendors.  I just would like to versility to styles with bangs, swoops or not.  Right now I wear my hair back and down the sides.  Sometimes with or w/o a part.  I am unable to do a swoop or side part because of my thin edges.  The blending at the part wouldn't work.  It is even sometimes to thin at the top, but I try to camaflauge (sp).  Can anyone suggest any good frontal vendors?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 27 2007 at 11:36am
I'm working up a list of closure and frontal vendors.. I will update later with a few others I wanna add, but here's what I have so far:
 
Closures & Frontal Vendors:
Nature Girl
{lace frontals & closures}
http://www.naturegirl.net
 
Extensions-Plus
{lace frontals (custom) & closures (stock & custom)}
http://extensions-plus.com
 
His and Hers
{closures}
http://hisandher.com
 
Remy Hair Today
{lace frontals & closures}
http://remyhairtoday.com
 
Joya Style Hair
{lace frontals & closures}
http://www.joyastylehair.com/
 
My Mane Attractions
{lace frontals & closures}
http://www.mymaneattractions.com 
 
All About My Hair
{lace frontals (custom & stock)}


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Thank yo soooo much Diva.  I starting my search.  So EP makes frontals but its at a custom cost, ouch!
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