If you are annoyed by the answers you receive when you search for what a hair closure is, I think you are right!
I also searched this online query for my personal fashion needs, and remained appalled by the scanty, shallow, and incorrect explanations I met during my quest.
To free you from this annoyance, I now say that a hair closure is a piece or small sheet of lace or silk with a sewn-in human hair bundle. The weaved hairpiece can, in turn, be applied to the top of your head.
I know this answer doesn’t say much about your initial question; for this reason, I wrote this guide, where you can find detailed information about what is a hair closure.
By the way: I am Rosalba, a passionate hair lover with a lot of experience about this subject, because my dad (when he was still alive) was an appreciated and talented hairstylist.
If you are eager to discover more, read my article from the beginning to the end…
Hair Closure: Definition
As said in my intro, hair closure is a hairpiece consisting of a short sheet of fabric containing weaved (human) hair to attach to the top of your head.
However, the most common definition of a hair closure that people find on the Internet is the following: a hair closure is a hairpiece made of lace or silk, attached to a cornrow base and secured around the perimeter to help protect your hair and improve its appearance.
Hence, a hair closure is a hairpiece where the hair is weaved and sewn along the perimeter of a sheet of fabric. The perimeter of the piece of fabric matches with the top of your head, in the zone slipping toward the frontal hairline.
In the weaving process of this beauty tool, hair is attached manually, and with artisanal work, no glue is used (however, you can use hair glue to apply and secure the hair closure on the head).
Hair Closure Features
The previous definition raises further questions: and so, hair closure is what? A wig? An extension? Or what else?
Indeed, the word ‘hairpiece’ says nothing, because wigs and extensions are hairpieces, also.
If you still navigate amid doubts, here is the ultimate answer: a hair closure can be a single unity and the primary component of wigs and extensions.
A wig with hair closure has the top made with the sheet of fabric matching the definition we just gave a few minutes ago. The wig hair closure coincides with the middle line of hair. The unity is then enriched with further lateral and back-line bundles which give rise to a high-density wig capable of entirely covering your natural hair (both the front and the back).
An extension with hair closure is, as a matter of fact, one of the strips you have to apply on your own hair. In this case, the hair closure is in itself an extension, it is the piece you put on the top of your head to mimic the central row of your natural hair.
If the closure has the same color as your hair, and the latter is healthy, you don’t need to apply further strips of extension in the back. You’ll have to apply only on the sides because a hair closure is too small and does not cover the lateral zones, but only the top of the head, showing the tracks.
That is a hair closure’s main (and the only) pitfall. For the rest, it is an excellent solution if you only need to enhance the appearance of the central hairline.
Any drawbacks depend on the type of hair closure. Let’s move to the subsequent paragraph to learn more…
Types of Hair Closure
There are three types of hair closure:
- Free Part
- Middle Part
- Three Part
These three types of hair closure depend on the way they are parted.
A free part hair closure has no central row, a middle part has it, and a three-part hair closure has three small and undetectable rows starting from the frontal to the top hairline.
A free part closure is the most versatile option, and you can style and part in any direction.
A middle part closure allows you to part in the middle and on one side.
Finally, a three-part closure offers more styling options because it can be parted in the middle or on both sides.
Who Can Use Hair Closure?
Hair closure is a very popular hair tool nowadays. It can be used by black, white, and other race women, both by wig and extensions lovers.
It is also used by women who love wearing and sewing handmade wigs or extensions.
In daily life, hair closure is an optimal choice for women who love a natural look in the frontal hairline, provided by a flawless hairpiece that protects the natural hair from heat and it is breathable at the same time.
Since a hair closure is less expensive than a human hair wig, it is the preferred tool if you are experiencing hair loss in the middle part or on the frontal area of your head.
When hair starts receding, in fact, bald spots are more evident in the frontal hairline and in the middle one.
A hair closure can perfectly hide this imperfection, giving you a natural appearance.
Other Things You Need to Know about Hair Closure
Usually, hair closure is made with a base of silk or lace and virgin human hair, especially Brazilian. Virgin hair is obtained by a single donor, is untreated and this feature makes this hairpiece even more natural.
The freshest and breathable are the ones with silk, however, if the lace has a good quality, and does not irritate the scalp, it has the same comfort of a silk closure.
The latter is slightly more expensive, but not too much: 20 dollars for a silk closure against 15 dollars for a lace closure.
Here are some frequently asked questions relating to installing hair closure and their quick answers.
How to Install Hair Closure?
If the closure is incorporated in a wig, you must install it as a common wig. Read my guide about how to install wigs for more information about this topic.
If the closure is used as an extension, you must install it as the extensions you usually use.
Start from your forehead to apply it to the top of your head (ponytail your hair first and cover it with a stocking cap), pull back and forth, and secure with the tools you find in the product package (manual clips or hair glue).
Cut and brim the external lace or silk to mimic your natural hairline perfectly. For a perfect look, choose a fabric with the same color of your skin and a bundle of human hair with the same color as your natural hair.
What’s the Difference Between Lace Closure and Front Lace Closure
The difference is straightforward: a lace closure has a piece of hair attached to a base of lace that has the shape of the crown of your head, while a front lace closure has a piece of hair attached to a portion of lace placed on the frontal area.
How Long Is a Hair Closure?
The duration of a hair closure depends on the care you have for your hairpiece. Even though it is made with human hair; you must treat it better than your natural hair.
Always comb it from the ends and avoid aggressive products to prevent shedding.
With the right attention, a hair closure can last over 12 months.
I hope you have understood what a hair closure is. It is a hairpiece made with a base of silk and lace, where a bundle of hair is sewn. It can give you a natural look, and if you care for it properly, it lasts for many months.
Furthermore, remember the tips of this guide to use it, and let me know if they worked for you.