When it comes to the world of weaves, women are seeking the most realistic looks. Consequently, there are a couple of items weave wearers love as an alternative to “leave out” or the section of the hair a woman leaves unbraided and brushed into the extensions to hide the final row of braids or tracks. Those items are lace or silk closures. What are they, and which one should you choose in your pursuit of an undetectable weave?
To begin with, what is a closure? A closure is a section of hair attached to an oblong or circle shaped piece made of either lace or silk. It’s used to close the top of a full weave. It gives you a flawless look because it completely covers the final row of braids or tracks. You can find them online or at beauty supply stores. If applied correctly, closures look better than a “leave out” option. You don’t have to worry about blending your natural hair into your weave. It also allows you to completely protect your natural hair and give it a break. Finally, there are many closures available to choose from. So you don’t have to worry about not finding one to match the texture of your weave.
Should you go with lace or silk closures? Although lace closures are more breathable than silk, some complain that lace is too thin and that you can see the braids underneath. Another problem with the lace variety is the grid like effect of the material. The way to alleviate the problem is to bleach the knots for a more realistic look. Some already come bleached. You can also add concealer or foundation that matches the color of your scalp.
While some complain that silk closures are too thick, hair embedded into this type of weave closure will better hide the braids underneath. In addition, it gives more of a scalp like appearance. However, if your scalp is darker than the material, you’ll need to tint or dye the silk base to match the color of your skin.
When attaching lace or silk closures, the most important consideration is to make sure the overall finished look is natural. The closures are attached to the braided base with a variety of techniques depending on the construction of the closure. Some offer holes for application and others do not. Therefore, the closures are either sewn in or glued in. Clips may also be used for non-permanent options.