What is the Difference Between a Frontal and a Closure?


As we dive into complex methods of application of hair weaves and wigs, I think it is important that we touch on some of the basic jargon for those of you who may not be familiar with the language. The first of this series is the difference between a closure and a frontal. For more information in a quick but informative comparison and contrast, keep reading.

Closure

A closure acts as the name suggest. Closures close the top portion of the wig or sew-in so that it is complete. Hair wefts, more commonly referred to as “tracks”, are sewn or glued around the cap and an opening is left at the top. This opening is closed by a lace or silk-based closure.

Closures come in various sizes and shapes. In my experience, I’ve come across a 2×6, 4×4, 4×5, 5×5, 6×6 and lately 7×7.

Closures can typically come with a predefined middle part or three part at your request. For those of you who prefer more versatility, a closure with no defined parting, also know as “free part”, can be purchased as well.

Closures can be purchased with a lace or silk-base. In my opinion, lace vs silk-base comes down to preference. Some feel as though the silk-base appears more skin like. I couldn’t disagree more with this statement. I would advise you to take a trip to your local beauty supply store and ask to view them both against your skin to determine which is best for you.

The pros of a closure are:

  1. More cost-effective than frontal
  2. Requires less glue or sewing
  3. Easily changeable
  4. Protects hair when applied correctly
  • The cons of a closure are:
    1. Limited parting space
      Limited coverage
      Limited hairline customization
  • Frontal

    Imagine a lace wig. Imagine cutting the front half of the wig off from ear to ear and you have a frontal. A frontal is a hair piece made of lace which has individual hairs tied into it to mimic a hairline. Frontals can come with a very dense hairline which is perfect for individual customization or they can be purchased pre customized. Frontals vary in size in the same way closures do. Frontals are typically 13 inches from ear to ear and 4, 5, or 6 inches from hairline to the back edge for the frontal.

    If you’ve ever seen a frontal up close, you’ve probably notice all of the little black dots in the grids of the lace. These black dots are known as “knots”. The knots of the frontal are the result of the hairs being tied into the lace. These dots can be made less visible through a process known as “bleaching”.

    The pros of a frontal:

    1. Customizable
    2. More coverage
    3. Increased parting space
    4. Offers more style options such as half up half down
  • The cons of a frontal:
    1. Customization can be difficult
      Requires more sewing or glue for application
      Can shed quite a bit
      Flat appearance is harder to achieve.
  • Please check out 5 Easy Ways to Make Your Wig or Frontal Lay Flat for more tips.
  • As we continue to move forward in our journey of weave and wig language, we will explore 360 frontals and different types of lace. I did not want to throw too much information at you at once.

    What do you like a about frontals or closures? Which do you prefer? Comment below!

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