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Closures vs. Frontals...The Final Showdown 🔫

by Straight From The Scalp on Oct 06, 2022

what is the difference between a closure and a frontal

You might be forgiven for thinking that a lace frontal and a lace closure are one and the same. After all, they're both pieces of lace with hair attached, right? Wrong! While they may look similar, there are some key differences between these two hair extensions that you should be aware of before making a purchase. 

What is a lace closure?
A lace closure is a small piece of hair that is used to close off an installed weave.  The sizes can range from 2*4, 4*4, 5*5, 6*6, 7*7, and sometimes sizes in between.  These closure sizes are sewn onto the hair wefts at the crown of the head. This method is popular because it gives the illusion of a natural-looking scalp and can be styled in many different ways.

What is a lace frontal?
A lace frontal is a larger piece that goes from ear to ear across the forehead. It is usually 13*4 inches or 13*6 inches in size. Like the closure, it gives the illusion of a natural-looking scalp but offers more versatility in styling because of its size.  Frontal allow for the illusion of perfectly sculpted sideburns as well.

Now that we know what they are, let's compare!

Size Matters!
Size: As we mentioned before, closures are smaller pieces of laced hair while frontals are usually 13*4 or 13*6 inches. This means that frontals will give you more coverage than closures will. If you're looking for a more natural look, then go for a closure. If you're looking for something with more style options, then go with a frontal.  Frontals can also provide a very natural look if customized properly.

Application Methods
Another key difference between these two types of hair extensions is the way in which they are applied. A lace closure has several options for application.  It can be installed behind the hairline, or adhered to/at the start of the hairline using bonding/adhesive or sew-in thread. A lace frontal, on the other hand, is installed by bonding the lace to your forehead with glue or tape. This makes frontals slightly more difficult to install than closures, but many people believe that the results are worth it.

Hair Density and Placement
When choosing between a lace frontal and a lace closure, it's important to take into account the density (or amount) of hair on each option as well as the placement of that hair. Lace closures typically have less hair than frontals, and this hair is placed at the crown of the head. Frontals typically have more hair, and this hair is placed at the forehead in order to create a natural-looking hairline.

Styling: Both closures and frontals can be styled in many different ways, but because frontals are larger, they offer more styling options than closures do. With a frontal, you can wear your hair in an updo or high ponytail without having to worry about your tracks being exposed.

Price: Lace fronts tend to be more expensive than closures because they are larger pieces and offer more styling options.

Durability: Lace fronts are also more durable than closures because they have more surface area attached to the weave tracks. This means that they have a tendency to last longer.  But with proper maintenance, your lace can last for several weeks, even months.  

So there you have it, everything you need to know about lace closures vs lace frontals!

At Straight From The Scalp, we only provide Closures.  We feel closures are much more convenient and easier to maintain for our corporate women that are on the go.  Take advantage of our Raw hair closure options, and we hope to see you at the checkout!  🛒

We hope this has helped you make a decision on which one is right for you. 💋


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