So many people are facing hair loss today because of so many reasons. These include general alopecia, trichotillomania, stress, alopecia totalis, genetics or chemotherapy. If you have one of these issues, you have surely heard of hair replacement options like the lace closure wig.
There was a time when only Hollywood celebrities could afford these wigs. But now they are affordable for all starting from $200 to $1000. With us, you will get to know more about these types of wigs and we will also talk about how long a lace closure wig might last.
What Are Wig Closures?
These are high-quality hairpieces that mimic hair that is growing from the scalp. This gives them a very natural and real looking style.
Wondering how to make a wig with lace closure? You can make one by using a thin lace as the base where individual hairs will be attached. You have to leave out the lace in the front as well as around the perimeter. This can be glued or taped to the perimeter and forehead for an impression that the hair is naturally growing out of your scalp.
You will also find “lace closures” and “lace frontal closure wigs” that are partial lace pieces that you can use with different extension methods like fusion, weaving, glue or bonding.
Types of Lace Front Closure Wigs
Although they come in all hair styles, textures, colors and lengths to make your hair styling possibilities endless, they are mainly made of two components –
1. Human hair lace wigs
As you can guess, they are made from real human hair and they look natural as a result. But they are pricey and could set you back hundreds to even thousands of dollars based on the type, length, or color of hair. With this type, you can apply dye to add style to your wigs and you won’t have to worry about standing near a heat source.
2. Synthetic hair lace wigs
Made of synthetic fiber, they are less expensive but you won’t have that much desired natural look. Also, you won’t be able to make style on the wig and it won’t feel soft. They could shed quicker than your expectation and there will also be no lifelong guarantee unlike the lace closure wig human hair. There are even more downsides. The tradition hair colors will never work with the synthetic fiber and you have to avoid heat sources such as hot rollers, hair dryers, curling irons, or flat irons.
How Long Does a Lace Closure Wig Last?
So, here comes the question that might have been in your mind for some time. If you choose to wear a sew in or a lace closure wig, you can be sure that it will last longer than the frontal type. But you will have to take some care of your wig to let it serve you and make the most of it. Lace closures actually do well in the warm weather because their use does not involve much customizing or gluing that you might need for a lace front wig with closure that might last for 2 to 3 weeks. After that time period, it will lose the glue and gradually pull off at the edges.
How about your lace closures? This will depend on three factors mentioned below –
1. The type of the lace
The lace type will have a major impact on the closure’s durability. There are usually two types – French and Swiss. While the French lace comes in different colors, the Swiss lace is more transparent and flimsy. Based on our experience, we can say that the French lace lasts longer than the Swiss type because the former is more hard wearing than the latter.
2. The type of hair
The type of hair used for the closure is also important. Do not think that a synthetic wig will last longer than a natural one like the Remy hair. For your information, non-Remy hair and comb wastes are so fragile because they are treated chemically to straighten them. As a result, the cuticles are often broken that is beyond any repair. It is estimated that a closure made of non-Remy hair won’t last more than 6 months.
3. The hairstyle
Steam heat and chemical treatments are used in the manufacturing of blond straight or body wavy lace closures. Although the manufacturers try to reduce the possible side effects of this type of processing, these wigs still have adverse effects on the quality of the hair. This results in the closures with various hairstyles being less durable than those that have been made of human hair. The good news is they will still serve you long with proper maintenance from your part.
How to Make A Lace Closure Wig Last Longer?
Pre washing - gently remove the tangles (if any) from the wig before shampooing. Always apply a mild shampoo or one that is specially formulated for your chemically treated wig
Shampooing - never soak because this will cause the hair to tangle. When you think your hair is completely wet, apply a little amount of shampoo with your fingers and evenly distribute it all throughout the hair.
Washing – run your hair under warm water and see to that the water is not hot but warm. Gently let the shampoo enter into the hair by stroking downwards. Start from the top and finish to the ends without twisting, scrubbing or rubbing the hair.
Combing - gently comb your hair to get rid of tangles while the hair is still wet. You can use a large toothed comb but never use any bristle brush on the wet hair because this could break or pull out the hair.
Rinsing – if yours is a 100% human hair silk base wig, you can rinse it under a stream of cold water to remove any remains of the shampoo or the suds. In order to avoid the occurrence of tangling, make sure that the cold water flows from the hair cap to the hair ends. Then blot with your towel to remove any excess water.
Conditioning – apply a little amount of conditioner with your fingers and evenly distribute it all throughout the hair
Drying – you can hang the Upart wig with closure to air dry, or set it in rollers, or even use your blow dryer on low settings.
As you can see, you can expect your virgin human hair lace closure wig to last for over 2 years if you take good care of it. If it is synthetic, it might not last that long but it should serve you at least a year. So, look your best with your closure wig all year round!