Small changes in a wig can make a big difference, and one of those differences is closure. Knowing exactly what a lace closure wig is can be confusing at first, but no worries! This article will explain everything you need to know about a lace closure wig, so you can determine if it is the right option for you.
What is a lace closure wig?
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. Wigs made with closures are called lace closure wigs.
There are several benefits to a closure which you can consider. Closures are less time-consuming to style than frontals. Many people gravitate towards the convenience of taking less time to make it look natural.
Due to the size of a closure, they are also significantly less expensive than a frontal. Closures are also easier to maintain. They are ideal for people who want a simple, less time-consuming everyday look.
Lace Closure Wig Features
The most popular size for lace on a closure wig is 4×4. There are also larger sizes for those who want more parting space such as a 5×5 and 6×6.
Some people do not like the disconnect that is created with a 4×4 closure between the front and back of the head. Sometimes, with a smaller closure, you can see where the hair stops on the closure, and where it begins behind it on the wig.
The closures are smaller and there will be less parting space and hair coverage included with it. A larger closure gives the ability to have more coverage and scalp imitation.
Lace closure can also be made with different types of lace. Some lace options include swiss lace, transparent lace, and HD lace. It is important to remember that the lace does not go from ear to ear like that of a lace frontal. 
Wigs made with closures are significantly less than those made with frontals. Closures that are larger will cost more than those that are smaller. For example, a 5×5 closure wig that is 20 inches with 180% density, may cost $20-$40 less than the same wig with a 6×6 closure – depending on the company.
They will also vary in price depending on what kind of lace they are made with. HD is the most transparent lace that blends with any skin tone and is the most expensive. The least expensive lace is standard swiss lace, which is the least see-through.
A lace closure wig is not as versatile as a lace frontal but is more versatile than a standard wig. When you buy a wig with a closure, the lace does not extend across the entire front portion of the wig, which restricts many to wearing a middle part or a slight side part. You also cannot pull all of the hair back in the front.
Closures do come in different sizes, which means the bigger the size the more versatility that can be achieved. For example, a 4×4 closure covers less area of the head than a 6×6 closure- which makes the 6×6 more versatile. Closure wigs are mainly for those who want an everyday wig that doesn’t require much styling.
There are different qualities of closure wigs that depend on the features listed above. An example of a high-quality lace closure wig would be a 6×6, HD lace wig made with virgin hair. A low-quality lace wig would be a 4×4, standard silk lace wig made with synthetic hair. Changing any of the factors involved with a closure wig affects its quality significantly.
Closure wigs in general are lower quality than lace frontals but are easier to style.
What is the difference between a lace front and a lace closure wig?
The difference between the two wigs is mainly their styling capabilities. A lace front wig has lace that extends across the entire front area of the face, which means that it can be styled more like a natural can.
Lace closure wigs are not as versatile as lace fronts and have limited styling capabilities. However, lace fronts are more difficult to style, due to the amount of lace that needs to be concealed and flattened. Closure wigs are easier to style, and take less time and effort than lace fronts.
Read more: Lace Closure vs. Lace Frontal Wig
Can you wear a lace closure wig without glue?
Yes. For example, using the attached wig combs inside of the cap can ensure that your wig does not slip backward. You can also pull the side combs further to the side and secure them into your hair to flatten the lace against your head.
Another method is to use an elastic band. Some wigs, especially beginner wigs, come with an elastic band that is attached to the inside of the cap in the back. This band is meant to secure your wig more and flatten the lace. If there is no band, you can add one yourself.
How long do lace closure wigs last?
Longevity depends on a wig’s features and care. A closure wig that is made with synthetic hair will probably last no more than 6 weeks. A closure wig made with human hair can last anywhere from 4 months to over a year.
The better a wig is taken care of, the longer it lasts. One way to take care of your wig is to not style it every day with combing and heating tools. The less that the hair is manipulated, the less damaged it will become, and the longer it will last.
The Final Word
A lace closure wig is a great option for those who are looking for something easier to style that can still look close to natural.