A free part closure is a closure that can be parted anywhere.
Sometimes keeping it simple isn’t always a bad thing. When it comes to finding the right type of lace closure on the other hand, you might want to know your options. A free part closure gives the flexibility to be parted anyway you like.
My name is Lauren and I have been doing hair for over 10 years. I’ve worked in various salons and have encountered so many types of lace closures for wigs and sew-ins. With a combination of knowledge and experience, I will explain all you need to know about free part closures.
Some important details we’ll cover in this article are the types of laces closures, which one’s are better, and the differences between a closure and a frontal. Let’s get started.
Keep reading to learn more!
What is a Free Part Closure?
A lace closure is a piece of lace that has been ventilated (a form of sewing) with human hair, and it is then applied over a finished weave or in place of your leave out when wearing a u-part wig.
Typically, it comes in 4 X 4 inches in size, ventilated in either lace, Swiss lace, or a silk base, made to imitate the scalp and give full protection to your hair when making a wig or installing a weave.
A free part is the most natural-looking type of lace closure because it gives the hair of the wig or weaves the ability to part freely as you choose or have no part at all. Unlike pre-parted closures, free part closures don’t look bad if something goes wrong in the installation process.
If you want a more seamless and natural-looking alternative to leaving your natural hair out, then you should definitely consider using a free part lace closure.
A free part closure has the ability to be parted anywhere throughout the hair. Unlike its counterparts, which we will go over below, it gives you the flexibility to decide where you would like to part your hair.
The 3 Types of Lace Closures
There are three different types of lace closures: free part, middle part, and three part. All of them can be sewn, taped, or glued down and can be measured from 4 x 4 to 6 x 6 in.
A free part closure allows you the versatility to part your hair in any way you like. So that means you are able to part the closure in non-traditional parting styles such as zigzags and curve partings.
A middle part closure gives a simple and easy part down the middle of the hair. It is best for a natural-looking part that would be similar to your natural hair. The only downside is that the closure must be installed properly to avoid the part from being off-centered.
A three part closure offers some advantage being that it is able to give a right side, middle, and left side part. The disadvantage would be that you can’t style the closure in many ways.
Free part and three part lace closures are both popular in the market and very useful in creating beauty on a budget because they’re more affordable than a full lace frontal.
These days you can purchase a free part closure along with the hair bundles so that everything matches; just check the product description and package carefully when ordering online.
The flexibility and versatility of closures make them applicable for just about all types of hair, whether natural, fine hair, relaxed, or to have a fuller look if your natural edges are thin. Although if that’s the case for you, I would highly recommend taking a break from wigs and weaves to allow your hairline to breathe, recover and prevent irreversible damage and further receding of your hairline.
Free Part Closure Vs. Non Free Part Closure
Whether choosing a free part closure or middle and three part closure, you have to weigh the pros and cons depending on how you anticipate styling your hair.
A free part closure will give the most natural look. Even 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 pre-parted closures can be great because they allow you to switch between different sides. Just remember that if you don’t install the middle or three part closure 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 is 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.
Free Part Closure Vs. Frontal
Think of a frontal as an extended closure that covers the front half of your head from ear to ear. Like closures, frontals can come with parts or free. They both can be used for sew-ins and wigs.
Frontals take a bit more customization than closures. When installing a frontal you want to make sure that it is tailored to your hairline to give the most natural look. Frontals also need to be glued, taped, or sewn down around your hairline.
Closures can last longer in warmer climates as opposed to frontals. If you sweat a lot, keep in mind that you may have to glue your frontal down more often. Both closures and frontals are great alternatives in protecting your natural hair.
Are Free Part Closures Good?
Free part closures are good for protecting your natural hair underneath your wigs and sew-ins. They offer a natural look when installed correctly, that would mimic your own natural hair. They are really good at helping prevent damage to your hair when wearing wigs and sew-ins.
How do You Sew in a Free Part Closure?
Sewing in a free part closure is pretty simple. You want to make sure that you have centered the closure at the middle of your head and that the side corners line up along your temples.
With practice, you can probably start sewing it down on your own, but if you’re not that experienced, have a friend hold the closure in place until you can securely sew down one side.
A free part closure is the most common closure type and gives you flexibility while offering protection to your natural hair. Share some of your favorite brands of closures in the comments below!