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Frontals vs Closures

Published By: VA VA

Last Updated: June 8, 2022

Although frontals and closures may seem very similar, they actually differ in a lot of ways. This article will tell you all you need to know about these popular hairpieces. 

What is the difference between a closure and a frontal?

Closures and frontals are meant to make a weave or wig look more natural by adding hair to the crown.

A closure is usually a 4X4 patch of lace attached with hair that is placed on the top middle portion of the weave. Its function is to blend the hairline and natural skin, to give the illusion of the scalp. 

A frontal serves the same purpose as the closure, but it is wider in length – extending from ear to ear and going about 5 inches to the back of the head. It is meant to create that illusion of the scalp on the entirety of the front portion of the head.

Although closures and frontals serve the same purpose, they have several key differences that can be useful for different lifestyles and purposes. [1]

Frontals 

What I Like

  • Cover more area – The general size of frontals is 13 inches in length and 4 inches in width (13×4). Although the general size of a frontal is 13×4, there are also other sizes such as 13×6.  

Frontals are supposed to extend from ear to ear so that the hairline of the wig looks natural along the entirety of the front of the head. Frontals are even made with baby hairs across the entire front of the lace to mimic a natural hairline.

The length of the frontal allows for the hair to be pulled back while still looking natural. With frontals, you can easily do styles like high ponytails, up-down hairstyles, and high buns. There are also 360-degree lace frontals, which go all the way around the edge of the head – front and back. So not only can they be made to blend with the front of the forehead and scalp, but also the back of the neck.

  • More versatile The amount of lace in the front gives a frontal a lot more versatility than a closure. 

You can part the lace of a frontal in any place you would like, unlike a closure that cuts off where you can part the hair. You can pull the hair back along the entire front of the head as well, which is not possible for a closure. 

Frontals are very popular for those who want to style their hair in every way that they can do with their own hair. With a closure, you are limited to the number of styles you can do. 

What I Don’t Like

  • More expensive – The amount of lace in the front gives a frontal a lot more versatility than a closure. 

You can part the lace of a frontal in any place you would like, unlike a closure that cuts off where you can part the hair. You can pull the hair back along the entire front of the head as well, which is not possible for a closure. 

Frontals are very popular for those who want to style their hair in every way that they can do with their own hair. With a closure, you are limited to the number of styles you can do.

Closures 

What I Like

    • Less expensiveA closure is significantly less expensive than a frontal. A closure is definitely the more affordable option, especially if you plan to purchase a wig or weave on a regular basis. 

    Although you can purchase closures very cheaply, they will also vary in price depending on what kind of lace they are made with. Popular lace options are silk lace, transparent lace, and HD lace. HD is the most transparent lace that blends with any skin tone and is the most expensive. Silk lace would be the least expensive out of all the options. 

    Size is also a factor when it comes to price. A larger-sized closure will be more expensive, but still significantly less expensive than a frontal.

    • Beginner-friendly – Although the size of a closure may be a con to some people because it gives less coverage, this also makes a closure more beginner-friendly than a frontal. Applying a closure or a lace closure wig takes less time than applying a frontal. A closure also takes less skill to apply than a frontal because frontals are larger and have more material in the front that needs to be concealed.

    • Low maintenance – The size of the closure also makes it low maintenance. You don’t have to style a closure as much as a frontal. Also, when it comes to washing or re-applying a closure, it takes less time. 

What I Don’t Like

  • Less versatility – One of the main reasons a person may choose a frontal over a closure is because of its lack of versatility. Usually, when wearing a closure, you are restricted to a middle or side part that is close to the center of the head. It is harder to wear several styles with a closure, and some people don’t like having the same look all of the time.
    A closure will definitely not give you the ability to treat a wig or weave like your own hair.

Do frontals or closures last longer?

Closures generally last longer than frontals. Closures are easier to maintain and are not styled as much as frontals, which causes them to stay in good condition longer than frontals. A frontal requires more manipulation to the lace in order to conceal it better, but the lace on a closure is easier to conceal because there is less of it. Frontals are also the ones that get pulled on the most, for styles like updos and ponytails, so the hair gets pulled out faster than that on a closure. 

How do I keep my lace frontal from lifting?

One of the most popular ways to keep a lace frontal from lifting is to use strong wig glue. A strong adhesive is going to last longer throughout the day and is able to withstand sweat and humidity better than a gel. However, if you don’t want to use glue, using a wig grip is also an effective option for holding the lace down. It is also safer for your hairline.[2]

The Final Word

Frontals and closures are both great options for a wig or weave, but knowing what your needs make all the difference when choosing which is better for you. 

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