How To: Avoid the Closure Crisis
I'd just like to start off by saying that I haven't been to cosmetology school and I'm not a licensed hair stylist. However, I do know A LOT about hair - weaves specifically. As a wig maker, I feel like I need to take a moment and shine some light on the "closure crisis".
In 2017, most women of color have fallen in love with their natural hair…but that doesn't mean they don't want to wear 26 inch Cambodian hair every once in a while! When you don’t want to cause damage - heat or otherwise - to your hair, the closure is a go-to option! If you are unfamiliar with a closure, it acts as the leave out for the front part of your weave install. The purpose of a closure Is for your hair to look as natural as possible and to have people asking "Is that her real hair!?"
In everything, there is a right way and a WRONG way. Installing a lace or silk closure is no different. Here a few tips for you to avoid the “closure crisis” once and for all!
First, you should not be able to see your real hair while wearing a closure UNLESS you left your baby hairs out purposely. And if that's the case, you should ONLY be able to see the baby hairs. If you don’t - and you see more - this can be caused by an incorrect install or your closure being installed for WAYYY to long without retightening and it has started to lift.
Research, research, research!
When getting your closure installed, make sure you do EXTENSIVE research on the stylist that will do your install. TT Wells does a great job explaining how a closure should be properly installed.
Nothing wrong with a little customization
This, my friends, is the second NO-NO. SIS, WHERE IS THE PART!?!?!? It shouldn’t look like Jesus parted the Red Sea, but your closure also doesn't need to have you looking like a mountain of hair is lumped onto the top of your hair. The best option to fix this is by plucking your part. Take a pair of tweezers and make the lace visible enough that it becomes a part. If you are unsure of how to achieve this, check out this lace closure customization video on YouTube by IamKamIam. Remember friends - NATURAL!
This tip is very helpful especially for my more melanated friends.
Bleaching the knots of your lace closure gets rid of the black grid dots and creates a flesh tone color. However, everyone isn't the same skin color. So to prevent having a closure scalp that is lighter your skin tone, you can tint your closures! Tinting your closure is not as complicated as it may sound. All you need is RIT fabric dye or semi-permanent hair dye, otherwise known as a rinse. If you’re looking for tutorials using these two different products you can’t go wrong with this one from Chrissy Bales using RIT dye or this one from Philip Eric using Adore semi-permanent dye.
The biggest mistake you can make is not asking for help!
If you are not comfortable with doing any kind of customization on your closure, ask your stylist if they can do it for you.
Now if you’re going a step further and you’re wearing full lace wigs, THIS is what your unit should look like - as natural as possible. I made this for personal use, but I also make units for clients.
I hope all of these tips were super helpful and help you achieve a more natural looking closure install! Even though I've provided links, please feel free to do your own research. YouTube is a FABULOUS and FREE resource!
Which tip was most helpful to you? Let me know in the comments!