When it comes to wearing weaves and hair extensions, the goal should always be to obtain a natural-like appearance. It’s still winter and we are still protective styling to keep our natural hair safe from the harsh elements and weather. Many people choose to use wigs and sew-in weaves as a means of protective styling. This form of protective styling can come with a lace closure which is a means of extra protection that blends in naturally while giving you a natural-looking part/scalp.
However, we all know about closures and frontals by now. But what many of us don’t really know is the difference between a lace closure wig and a silk base closure wig. That’s what I’m here for! To drop some knowledge in this post.
What is hair closures?
closure is a top piece of hair that’s intended to blend seamlessly with your weave. The purpose of the closure is to finish your style flawlessly so that it looks realistic and natural.
A closure is similar to a frontal, but it has more limitations when it comes to styling. Instead of having a strip of scalp-like material that runs from ear to ear, the closure is typically a 4×4-inch patch placed on the middle, front portion of the hairpiece. If you’re wondering what is a lace closure, it’s the same concept as the lace frontal. You can find a closure with lace material that creates the illusion of a scalp, but you will also find silk closures that use silk instead of lace.
Now, because there is less material on a closure, this means there is a smaller amount of parting space within the horseshoe-sized portion. Unlike the frontal, which allows you to part your hair in an infinite number of ways, the closure only allows for a few different styles, since you’re working with a smaller scalp space.
Typically, you can create a side part on either side of your head or go with a middle part. You can also wear bangs with a closure, but it’s not really possible to create up-dos or half ponytails with this style wig because you won’t see your scalp like you usually would if it were your natural hair. Although these pieces don’t offer a lot of room for versatility when it comes to styling your hair, closures are great for those who like to stick to the same style every day.
If you know what you like, why change it? As long as you’re comfortable with only a few different parts, this is a great choice. Closures also tend to run slightly cheaper than frontals.
What Is Lace Closure?
The base of a lace closure is made with nothing more than lace with hair strands embedded into the tiny holes. Lace closures are usually thinner and tend to lay flatter, which allows for a more natural-looking hairline.
- It gives a scalp-like appearance whenever it is positioned against your skin or next to the natural scalp.
- It assures an exceptionally flat and effortless installation that will make your overall hairstyle look incredibly real.
- The lace closure will require some tweaking to achieve the best results.
- It is best to bleach the knots in your closure to eliminate the grid-like effect of the matrix.
- Bleached knots will simulate the individual strands of hair growing directly from your scalp.
- You risk wasting your money by ruining lace and the hair if your closure is not bleached correctly.
- Add foundation or concealer to the lace to enhance the natural appearance.
What is silk lace closures?
Now with silk closures, the knots are not visible because they are embedded in that layer of silk. So you can see this definitely gives more of a scalp-like appearance. Now next is the silk closure. And with the silk closure, it has a layer of silk in which the individual strands of hair are embedded into the silk and then it also has a layer of lace. Now with silk closures, the knots are not visible because they are embedded in that layer of silk.So you can see this definitely gives more of a scalp-like appearance.(also known as Silk Top Closures) are manufactured with hair strands embedded into a nude, skin-like silk material which is usually supported with lace.
Silk base closures have a tendency to last much longer in addition to usually don’t call for bleaching, unlike lace closures. Entirely due to the silk fabric backing on the closure, the knots are not detectable and so imitate the scalp without considerable changes.
Despite the fact that the silk component helps to conceal the knots to provide a natural scalp appearance, all scalps are not created the same. If you are of deeper skin tone with a significantly darker scalp, it is advisable to alter and even tint your silk base. Also, this style of closure usually is a bit thicker, which may represent as a challenge with achieving an extremely flat install.
SO WHICH CLOSURE IS BEST (silk vs lace closure)?
THE BEST CLOSURE IS THE CLOSURE THAT LOOKS MOST NATURAL ON YOU. TRY BOTH TO BE SURE YOU KNOW WHICH ONE YOU’RE MOST COMFORTABLE WITH OR ALLOW A PROFESSIONAL TO CONDUCT A BRIEF CONSULTATION TO SEE WHICH CLOSURE WILL BE BEST CONSIDERING YOUR HAIRLINE, HEAD-SHAPE, LIFESTYLE, AND THE STYLE YOU’RE LOOKING TO ACHIEVE. IF YOU’RE STILL NERVOUS ABOUT WEARING A CLOSURE, ANOTHER OPTION IS TO HAVE YOUR STYLIST BRAID YOUR HAIR INTO A SPECIAL PATTERN THAT’LL ENABLE YOU TO REMOVE THE CLOSURE WITHOUT HAVING TO REMOVE THE ENTIRE SEWIN.