We’ve looked at weave closures and frontals before now, but we only did an overview on closures and frontals. Today, we take a deeper dive into weave closures. Our article will be explaining the weave closure types there are. This should help inform your decision on the best weave closure to suit your needs.
Now, a weave closure is made up of a lace base onto which individual strands of hair are knotted to create the illusion of a natural scalp and hairline. It’s a customer favorite because it gives the user enough room for manipulation and also helps to protect the natural hair.
Before now, you’d have to leave out a part of your natural hair in order to get that natural, non-wiggy look. However, this also required constant manipulation and heat styling to get the natural hair to blend in with the weaves for a seamless look.
A weave closure solves that problem without you having to sacrifice your good looks.
Types of Weave Closures
Now, there are different types of weave closures, depending on what you’re talking about. Weave closures can differ in form (that is, their appearance or what they look like) and in the material used to make them.
Types of Weave Closures According to Form/Appearance
In their form or appearance, there are three types of weave closures.
- The lace frontal.
- The lace closure.
- The 360 lace frontal.
- Full Lace Wigs.
The lace frontal is probably the most preferred of the weave closure types, of course, because of its broad coverage. This broad coverage gives the user a lot more room to manipulate the wig into a variety of styles that require you to reveal the scalp.
Lace frontals give a very natural look as they cover the hairline from ear to ear. So, anyone looking at the wig cannot see the end or the beginning of the lace. In other words, your lace frontal is like a mini wig.
There are two common sizes when it comes to lace frontals. There’s the 13 x 4 lace frontal which is also known as the medium brown. There’s also the 13 x 6 lace frontal which is called the transparent lace frontal.
As you can probably guess, the 13 by 6 lace frontal is considered more superior than the 13 by 4. Plus, it also costs more, even though the difference between them is just a 2-inch gap.
Now, keep in mind that compared to other closure types, lace frontals require more hair bundles to give a full look. Plus, they cost more than other weave closures.
For more information about lace frontals, check out this article we prepared on transparent lace front wigs here.
Lace closures are similar to lace frontals except that they are smaller. They do not cover your hairline from ear to ear like lace frontals. This, naturally, reduces the level of flexibility you have with lace closures when compared to lace frontals.
One thing you must understand is that lace closures only cover the middle of your hairline. So, if you want to achieve a most natural look, setting your lace closure right is very important.
There are different types (sizes) of lace closures and we will now address each of them one after the other.
4 By 4 Lace Closure
The 4 by 4 lace closure is about the most popular lace closure you’d find. With the 4-inch width and 4-inch length, you get some considerable space to do a middle part or a side part. It’s not groundbreaking but it does look really good nonetheless.
5 by 5 Lace Closure
The 5 by 5 lace closure is one inch larger than the 4 by 4. Therefore, it gives you more room to manipulate your hair into different styles when compared with the 4 by 4 lace closure.
6 by 6 Lace Closure
This is one of the newest lace closure types. It is the largest lace closure size so far and gives the most room for styling of all lace closure types.
2 by 6 Kim K Closure
You’ve probably guessed it, the 2 by 6 lace closure was made popular by A-list celebrity, Kim Kardashian. This closure is specifically for those who want to create a sexy, deep middle part. The closure only measures 2 inches in width but measures as long as 6 inches in length for a deep, middle part.
The 360 Lace Frontal
The 360 lace frontal is another very popular weave closure just like the lace frontal. The best way to describe the 360 lace frontal is like a lace headband. So, the closure is circular (hence the name “360” from “360 degrees”) and made of lace. And then individual hair strands are knotted onto the lace base just as you have it with the other weave closures.
In comparison to lace closures and lace frontals, 360 lace frontals are the most versatile weave closures you can find in the market as they cover the entire hairline, not just from ear to ear like you have it with the lace frontals.
Full Lace Wigs
This is the most expensive and most versatile type of wig you can find. Full lace wigs are very different from lace frontals and closures which attempt to mimic the hairline only.
Full lace wigs recreate the entire scalp. So, as you can guess, they give the most room for manipulation and styling. But, of course, the increased flexibility also comes with a price.
Types of Weave Closures According to Material
There are six different types of weave closures based on the material used to make them. They are:
- Silk base closures.
- Lace closures.
- Monofilament closures.
- Skin-polyurethane closures.
- Hybrid closures.
1. Silk Base Closures
Silk base closures are the most expensive closure types but, of course, they are the highest quality you can find as they are the ones that resemble a natural scalp the most. In fact, for silk base closures, you don’t have to bleach the knots because they already come invisible.
Silk closures are also the most durable closures of all because the base is a bit thick. But not to worry, your scalp will still have enough room to breathe well.
Silk Base Closure Pros
- Silk base closures give you many styling options.
- Silk base closures have the individual strands knotted into the silk base rather than wefts.
- Finally, they are made of a thick base which makes them durable.
- Even though they are thick, they still give room for ventilation for your scalp.
2. Lace Closure
Lace closures are the most common closures you find in the market. The lace base is a somewhat inferior version of the silk base closure. Even though it mimics a natural scalp and hairline, if you don’t bleach the knots, the seedy looks of the knots make the lace closures look unnatural. This is why you must bleach the knots when you buy a lace closure. Read our article on bleaching knots here for pro tips!
There are different types of lace closures made from different kinds of lace. There’s the Swiss lace, French lace, and Korean lace. Of all these, the Swiss lace is the best which is what our store offers.
Things to Note About Lace Closures
- It’s best not to install lace closures with glue. Sew the lace closure in instead.
- Bleach the knots for a natural look.
- Make sure you use a lace closure that fits your scalp perfectly else it could fall off.
3. Monofilament Closures
If you sweat a lot on your scalp for any reason, probably a medical condition, a monofilament closure is your best bet. The mesh material gives your scalp breathing room to help with the sweating.
Stiff styles with full bangs also work best with monofilament closures.
4. Polyurethane Closures
Polyurethane closures are made of silicon. They are undesirable because they are made of silicon and rip easily. In other words, they don’t last long.
Plus, this is silicon so your scalp won’t be able to breathe comfortably which isn’t great for your hair and scalp especially if you live in a hot climate. Without room to breathe, such conditions under a polyurethane closure would encourage the growth of microorganisms and would also cause your hair to smell.
5. Hybrid Closure
Hybrid closures combine a monofilament closure and a lace closure to create a “hybrid” closure. In turn, hybrid closures look very natural and are also high quality which makes them more expensive than other closure types.
Types of Weave Closure According to Parting
There are different types of closures depending on the type of parting.
1. Free Parting Closure
This is the most popular closure and some even say it is the best closure. It is great because it gives you enough room to style your hair whichever way you want. Most of the 360 lace frontals you find are free parting closures.
2. Middle Parting
The middle parting is another common closure. Middle parting makes your wigs and weaves easy to shape. However, when styling your hair, you part your hair in the middle.
3. Three Parting
With a three-parting closure, you have three ways to part your hair as the name of the closure suggests. Three parting closures afford parting on the left, on the right, as well as one in the middle. Altogether, these form the three-parting closure, giving you three ways to style your hair.
4. Invisible Part Closures
Invisible part closures involve the use of weft hair rather than using individual hair strands. These wefts are then sewn onto a base made of mesh. Invisible part closures are oblong in shape and can be made to fit different shapes of faces.
Frequently Asked Questions About Weave Closures
How Long Do Closures Last?
Closures can last as long as possible depending on how well we take care of them. Of course, it also depends on the quality of closure you get from the outset. This is why we insist on high-quality lace closures in our store.
Once you get a high-quality lace closure and take care of it well, it will last very long. Check out our article on lace closures for tips on caring for your lace frontals and closures.
Can You Have Baby Hairs With Closures?
You can create baby hairs with a lace frontal, everyone knows that. But can you do the same with lace closures? Absolutely! Simply pluck the hairline to create the baby hairs and then lay them using good quality edge control.
That said, if your lace closure does not come pre-plucked, you’d have to pluck your closure after you buy it. Plucking your closure gives the natural look that you’re looking for.
It’s great to pluck your hair at the hairline but it’s better to pluck the hair around the part to give the wig (or weave) a more natural appeal.
Can I Reuse My Closure?
Definitely! Again, it boils down to getting a quality closure and taking care of the closure correctly. If these two grounds are covered, then you will be able to use a closure over and over and over again to create attractive styles.
How Can I Prevent Bald Spots In My Closure?
Of course, no one would want bald spots on their closure, it’s just messy. One way to prevent bald spots in your closure is to avoid over-plucking your frontal. Also, color your wigs rightly and care for your closures. Come on, give them some TLC!
How Many Bundles Do You Need With A Closure?
Length and the size of closure you choose affect the number of hair bundles you need to complete your look. We’ve done a more comprehensive article on how to choose the number of hair bundles you need for any hairstyle. Click here to check it out.
Now You Know…
We’ve covered every single thing you need to know when it comes to weave closures and all the various types there are. We hope we’ve been able to demystify everything about weave closures for you. So, which are you getting next? Let us know in the comment section! Then head over to our Product Finder to grab your next closure.