There are so many different options when it comes to wearing wigs that you may not be sure where to start. If you’re familiar with wigs, then you’ve probably heard or come across a closure style wig. While this wig also uses a lace similar to a frontal wig, it can be easier to wear.
My name is Lauren, and I have been wearing and making wigs for over ten years. Working in various salons has allowed me to come in contact with many types of closure wigs. With this combination of my knowledge and experience with wigs, I will explain all you need to know about closure wigs.
We’ll cover some important things in this article, like the types of closure wigs and which ones are better. By the end of this article, you should know the differences between the various closure wigs and the types of laces. Let’s get you set up to find your next closure wig.
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The 3 Types of Closure Wigs
There are three different types of closures that are offered when looking for a closure wig, they are free part, middle part, and a three-part closure wig. You will find that they can be sewn, taped, glued down, or worn freely. The 4×4 inch closure is the most common, but larger closures are also available that measure from 5×5 to 6×6 inches.
If you want the versatility to part your hair in any way you like, then you want a free part closure wig to allow for that. This means you can part the closure in non-traditional parting styles such as slants, zigzags, and curve parting styles. While this closure wig offers the most flexibility, it isn’t beginner-friendly.
For an easy and natural-looking wig, a middle part closure wig gives simple and easy parting down the middle of the hair. This kind of closure wig is best for a natural-looking part that would be similar to your natural hair. This wig is great for beginners but must be installed properly to avoid the part from looking off-centered.
A three-part closure offers some advantages, being that it can give a right side, middle, and left side part. The disadvantage would be that you can’t style the closure in many ways.
Types of Lace
Here are the most common types of lace used for making a closure wig.
Swiss laces are commonly used in closure wigs because of their elasticity and breathability. They are usually a light or medium brown color that is meant to match the shade of your skin tone. They can also come in dark brown colors, too.
You will see HD laces almost as frequently as swiss laces in closure wigs. They tend to be lighter, softer, and a bit more delicate. They can sometimes be higher in price point because they withstand more tension, are breathable, and are soft against your hairline.
Another lace that you will see is transparent lace. It is typically colorless and will require customization to your skin tone. They are also a popular option if you are using lace tint.
Finding a lace that will blend into your hairline and give you a flawless look is partially because of the quality of the lace. The other part is customization, and you will find that many closure wigs will come customized for you.
You don’t want a lace that is too thick, or that will be detectable. Sticking with a swiss lace should be good, and you can always check with the seller if you have any doubts.
Here are some commonly asked questions you may stumble on when deciding on your closure wigs.
Is a free part closure wig better?
Whether you decide on a free-part, middle, and three-part closure wig, you have to weigh the pros and cons depending on how you want to style your hair.
A free part closure wig will give the most options for a natural look. Pulling your hair straight back into a ponytail can seem more natural with a free part closure, allowing it to look like the hair is coming directly from your scalp.
The middle and three-part closure wigs can be great because they allow you to switch between different side parts. Just remember that a bit of technique is required to install the middle or three-part closures. If not done carefully, your parts can look off-centered.
If you find yourself styling your hair in very minimal styles, then maybe middle or three-part closure wigs are right for you. However, if you want the freedom to manipulate your hair without restrictions, then you are better off with a free part closure wig.
Is a closure wig better than a frontal wig?
One is not necessarily better than the other, but you may need to practice installing a frontal wig because it takes up a larger space than a closure wig. Try to keep in mind maintenance and longevity when choosing between the two wigs.
Picture a frontal as an extended closure covering the front half of your head from ear to ear. Like closures, frontals can come with parts or free. They both give you options when it comes to wearing wigs.
Frontals will take a bit more customization than closures, and when installing them you want to make sure that it is adjusted to your hairline to give the most natural look. Frontals and closures need to be glued, taped, or sewn down around your hairline.
Closures can last longer in warmer climates as opposed to frontals because they are smaller in size. If you sweat a lot, keep in mind that you may have to glue your frontal down more often. Both closures and frontal wigs offer great alternatives for protecting your natural hair.
How do I wash a closure wig?
Washing your closure wig isn’t the hardest thing in the world, but it does require a gentle touch. Before washing your wig, you want to ensure that you have removed any glue or tape. Having an adhesive remover will help you with this.
After removing the adhesive, you want to get your wig wet by soaking it or running it under the faucet. Add a small amount of mild shampoo to your hands and work it through the wig, starting around the roots and moving to the ends. Rinse and repeat.
Once you’ve rinsed out the shampoo completely, follow the same method above with the conditioner. Wring the excess water off your wig and let it air dry on a wig stand or mannequin head.
What is the best method for attaching a closure wig?
There are so many methods for attaching a closure wig that the term ‘glueless’ wigs prove that you don’t even need adhesives to wear them.
How you attach your closure wigs is really dependent on you, your lifestyle, and the climate you live in. The more conventional methods involve using glues and tapes. These options will have your closure wig attached for days to even weeks at a time.
With glueless wigs becoming increasingly popular, you can just attach your wig with the adjustable straps and combs. Of course, this method is for those looking to take off their wig on the same day. Find what method is comfortable for you, but know that there are options out there for every wig wearer.
A closure wig is one of the most common types of wigs in the market, and it gives you flexibility while offering protection to your natural hair. A free part, middle part, and three-part closure wig is the next thing to look for once you’ve figured that you want to wear a closure wig. Also, keep in mind the different lace types that are offered for the best fit for you.
You should be able to have a relatively basic idea of what to look for in a closure wig and how to wash and attach them. If you have some tips, share them below in the comments section!