The Ultimate Lace Closure and Frontal Guide
Which finishing lace closure or frontal is for you?
Lace Closure or Frontal
Which is right for you?

Wigs are always a great option for trying out a new style or simply giving your natural hair a rest. Plus some of us are not always blessed with a healthy head of hair. The finishing hair piece used for your unit is one of the most important parts of selecting a wig that will fit your needs. Which piece you pick will often depend on the amount of versatility you need, your budget, and the time you’re willing to put into applying and maintaining your unit. If you’ve already tried them all let us know, which one is your fav?

…I have a small forehead! With such a low hairline a closure is the only lace hair piece I will consider wearing. I don’t want the lace looking like its attached to my eyebrows!

Lace Closure:

A standard lace closure is a 4″x4″ lace hair piece. The area available to part is smaller than a lace frontal, (4×4, 5×5, 6×6). They are meant to provide a realistic parting, not hairline. Those looking for a simpler option usually opt for a closure. Lace closures can be sewn on and when used on a wig, closure wig, combs and elastic straps usually suffice in keeping it in place.

Application - Pro's - Con's

  • Classic sew in method
  • A professional lace adhesive can be used
  • Lace tape is also an option
  • For short term use hair gel method
  • Easy application
  • No hair has to be left out
  • Less hassle when applying
  • Realistic parting is achievable
  • A realistic hairline is not achievable
  • Less versatility when styling

Lace Frontal:

A standard lace frontal is 13″x4″ (13 inches ear to ear and 4inches from front to back) hair piece. This hair piece is made with lace and individually ventilated hairs. They are meant to provide a realistic parting and hairline. Although glueless lace front wigs exist and often come with combs and/or elastic straps in the back to secure the wig, these measures are rarely enough to keep the wig in place.

…Frontal’s have come such a long way. Bleaching the knots, adding baby hairs, it all helps to create the illusion of it being your natural hairline. Its perfect for me since I can try different colors and cuts without touching my own hair.

Application - Pro's - Con's

  • Classic sew in method
  • A professional lace adhesive can be used
  • Lace tape is also an option
  • For short term use hair gel method
  • Realistic hairline
  • No hair has to be left out
  • Part anywhere along the hairline and still maintain a natural appearance
  • Hair can be pulled back and manipulated as if its your own
  • In order to achieve the most realistic look, the hairline needs to be customized, plucked to the correct density
  • Application may not be ideal for those that want to take their wig off daily
  • Those with low hairlines may not find frontal’s appealing

360 Lace Frontal:

A 360 lace frontal is ventilated lace that mimics skin around the heads perimeter. It allows the hair to be pulled back in the front and up in the back. A realistic pony tail is capable with this look. The middle would have wefts sewn in to complete the look rather it’s a wig or sewn on. They are meant to provide a realistic parting and hairline. They may come with combs and/or elastic straps in the back to secure the wig they are rarely enough to keep the wig in place.

…Definitely my favorite! Even if I don’t plan on pulling my hair up in the back the fact that I just have to sew wefts in the middle cuts the time it takes to create a unit dramatically.

Application - Pro's - Con's

  • Classic sew in method
  • A professional lace adhesive can be used
  • Lace tape is also an option
  • For short term use hair gel method
  • Usually requires a professional
  • Realistic hairline
  • No hair has to be left out
  • Part anywhere along the hairline and still maintain a natural appearance
  • Hair can be pulled back and manipulated as if its your own
  • Due to lace being around the entire hair a pony tail is achievable without wefts being seen
  • In order to achieve the most realistic look, the hairline needs to be customized, plucked to the correct density
  • Application may not be ideal for those that want to take their wig off daily
  • Those with low hairlines may not find frontal’s appealing

Full Lace Unit:

No wefts are used to create a full lace wig. They are made entirely of lace and ventilated hairs, providing the most versatility. This unit is capable of being parted from ear to ear, front to back, diagonal ect.

…The styles are endless! You seriously can get a braided lace wig. How cool and efficient is that.

Application - Pro's - Con's

  • Classic sew in method
  • A professional lace adhesive can be used
  • Lace tape is also an option
  • For short term use hair gel method
  • Usually requires a professional
  • Realistic hairline
  • No hair has to be left out
  • Part anywhere and still maintain a natural appearance
  • Due to lace being around the entire head there are no restrictions on styling
  • In order to achieve the most realistic look, the hairline needs to be customized, plucked to the correct density
  • Application may not be ideal for those that want to take their wig off daily
  • Those with low hairlines may not find frontal’s appealing
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How much time do you want to spend maintaining your unit? More lace equals more maintenance. 
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Due to the time it takes to ventilate lace the more lace there is, the more expensive it tends to be. 
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Whats your skill level? Do you want to keep it simple for an everyday unit or will you have a profession apply your unit for long term wear?

I would recommend choosing according to your own needs and style. A full lace wig is all the rage and desire right now but it’s not always necessary. Versatility comes with added maintenance. If you plan on keeping 1 style the life of a wig or sew in a closure piece is a great option. Its easier to apply and maintain. A closure piece could be perfect for a short bob that doesn’t allow a lot of flexibility. A frontal may better suit someone that wants to go from a side part to a middle part or simply wants to pull their hair back from time to time. A full lace also doesn’t allow volume to be added once finished which is another aspect to consider. Wefts can be added to closure, frontal, or 360 unit to get the desired thickness.

Full lace wigs are the most realistic hair piece currently on the market but most looks are achievable without a fully ventilated cap. Each hair piece provides a realistic parting. All except a closure provide a hairline that appears natural with the option to part from ear to ear. When picking the perfect hair piece don’t go for trend. The amount of time, money, and effort you want to invest in your unit all things to consider.

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