The biggest differences between frontals and closures is size, versatility, and pricing.
Size: The size is mostly regarding the amount of parting space. Closures are typically 4x4, 5x5, or 6x6 inches. Closures tend to sit in the middle or on the side of the head (for a side part look). Closures are smaller because their primary purpose is to close off an install hence the name closure. Frontals are typically 13x4 or 13x6 inches. A frontal will go from ear-to-ear, which gives greater coverage, allowing you to be able to part the hair anywhere and therefore gives more flexibility in styling. Those that want to experiment with textures or colors different from their natural hair would benefit from a frontal as well. The lace frontal would eliminate the need to dye or heat-style your natural hair to blend with your extensions.
Cost: A good closure or frontal might set you back somewhere between $50 – $300. Frontals are much more expensive than closures. The price ranges depending on the type of lace (brown, transparent, or HD), size (4x4, 5x5, 6x6 or 13x4, 13x6), color (natural 1b, 613, etc.), length (8 - 22 inches), density (150 or 180 %and texture (straight or curly).
Versatility: Frontals are used to recreate the hairline from ear to ear whilst closures are used to recreate the natural parting of the hairline. Frontals covers the entire hairline in the front or all the way around your entire head (360 frontal) which allow you to achieve a seamless style that you can pull back off of your face or up into a ponytail. Both closures and frontals can be sewn in or constructed into a wig. Any install (wig or sew in) with a frontal will provide its wearer with the most styling versatility, however; closures remain the most appropriate option for simple everyday looks or for those who wish to maintain an exact style. Closures comes in free part, middle part or three part closures, whereas frontals are free part only or 360 (full hairline all the way around).
Which one is the best choice?
The truth is, both are great. Both will give you a full and flawless natural looking install with the illusion that the hair is growing directly from your scalp. Closures and Frontals allow you to braid and protect your natural hair by covering it with the install of your choice (wig or sew in) once it has been treated (cleansed, conditioned, and oiled). So ultimately the decision is dependent on the look you want to achieve and the preference of versatility you want.
Choosing The Right Lace For Your Needs:
Swiss Lace and French Lace are the most common lace on market. Swiss Lace is more undetectable. French Lace is more durable. With wigs attracting more and more attention, it is still not clear what is the difference between the different lace materials, such as HD lace, medium brown lace, transparent lace, and so on.
HD Lace is also called Swiss Lace, which is currently the highest quality lace. This kind of lace material is the thinnest, softest, undetectable and very delicate (not recommend for beginners). When HD lace is applied it looks very real and natural. The knots are pre-bleached, which can perfectly blend with all skin tones making your hairline more undetectable. Moreover, HD Lace will appear much closer to your skin than the transparent ones. Some say that it may melt into your scalp and make it looks like a real scalp. It also causes no irritation.
Transparent Lace is French Lace in a transparent color; there are four different colors: dark brown, medium brown, light brown and transparent. This type of lace material is thicker, detectable, not as soft, and more durable for use. Recommend for beginners; may irritate the skin depending on your sensitivity level.
It is important to choose the right color to better match one's scalp. We often
recommend the Transparent Lace to people with fair to light skin tones, Light Brown for light to medium skin tones, Medium Brown for medium to deep skin tones, and Dark Brown for deep to dark skin tones. Recently I found that the transparent color lace can melt into any skin tone after bleaching the knots; of course, you can avoid this extra step by choosing the HD Lace.
Remember it may not be perfect the first time but with practice you will get the hang of it.
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