Have you ever wanted to change your hair, but not actually change your hair? You’ve maybe looked into hair extensions, but what do you get? Clip-in, tape-in, wefts… and how do you make it all look natural?
Extensions, weaves, and wigs have a lot of things that need to be considered, but they don’t need to be complicated. Hi, my name is Lisa and over the last few years, I have been deep-diving into the world of wigs and hair extensions. I’m here to make things less complicated for you.
Today I’m going to talk about closures and why you need them in your life. Read on to learn more!
What is a Closure Weave?
When you are looking to add length or volume to your hair or change the color or texture, there are a few different options to choose from. You can blend extensions in with your natural hair or get a sew-in partial weave where your natural hair around the part line is left out and blended in.
You can also get a sew-in full weave; all your natural hair, including the top at your part line, is braided and wefts of hair are sewn along the braids. With this style, you need a closure to finish off the style and make the hair look natural.
A closure is a small hairpiece that is placed on the top of your head along your hairline at the part to close off a weave or wig. It covers the top of your hair and blends in with your wefts. These are most commonly 4×4 inches, but they can also be found slightly larger or smaller.
Closures are typically made by hand-tying individual hairs to a piece of lace, but silk is also used sometimes. Silk closure is going to be thicker and more durable, making it typically last longer than lace. Lace looks more like your scalp and tends to lay flatter than silk when installed.
You can find closures in a large variety of styles, from curly or kinky to straight and everything in between. They also have different options for parts; middle, side, and free part.
Closures are also used in wig construction. Similar to sew-in weaves, wefts are attached to a preferred wig cap and the closure is installed at the top to finish the wig off. These wigs are much more natural looking because there are more styling options and the lace looks like skin.
This is an excellent option if you are looking for a custom wig created just for you. Your stylist should be able to fit the closure and wig cap specifically to your head so there’s no lifting, bunching, or sliding.
It is important that you are gentle with your closure and brush it from the tips up to the scalp, taking care to avoid tugging or pulling on the lace of the closure. Make sure you wash using products specific for wigs or extensions so you maintain the integrity of the hair.
I would also recommend wrapping your hair when you sleep. This will prevent you from waking to a matted mess and keep your closure looking fire day after day.
Here are some commonly asked questions relating to closure weave.
What is the Difference Between a Frontal and a Closure?
Frontals and closures are similar in that they are both used to finish off a wig or weave, and they both protect your natural hair underneath. They differ in size and cost.
Closures, as mentioned above, are smaller hairpieces, typically 4×4 inches. Frontals are larger hairpieces that are typically 13×4 inches, and can be found in 13×5 and 13×6. They extend from ear to ear and cover the entire front hairline.
Frontals have more styling options because not only do you have flexibility with part placement, they can also be pulled back into various updos without tracks or wefts showing. Frontals overall tend to look more natural, but they are also more expensive than closures.
How Long Does a Sew In Closure Last?
A sew-in closure can last 6-12 weeks, for most installation would be within 6-8 weeks. Depending on the skill of the stylist who installs it, how fast your natural hair grows, and how strictly you follow care guidelines. For more details,
Can You Reuse a Closure?
Yes! If you care for it properly you can use your closure over and over again.
Do Closures Damage Your Natural Hair?
Closures are a great option when you want to protect your natural hair. They can be installed using glue, tape, or sewing. Glue and tape are more likely to pull at the natural hair more, so while they all protect the hair sewing the closure in will give you the best protection.
To sum up, closures are a small hairpiece that are an excellent choice to make your weave or wig look the most natural. They give you different styling options, though not as many as a frontal, while protecting your natural hair from excess damage.
Closures get you one step closer to fully customizing your hair to your heart’s content. Comment below with your favorite thing about wearing a closure weave!