Most of the black women are familiar with human hair bundles, lace frontal, and wigs. Because these products have become an important part of life. They buy the bundles with frontal together. Because only bundles can not full fill your head, so the lace closure will play its important role. In this post, we will share with you how to sew in a lace frontal in the right way. This method is also suitable for how to sew in a 360 lace frontal.
How To Install A Lace Frontal?
It is easy to install lace frontals for the customers who are using them every day. But for other new users, they need to ask for the stylist to help. Stylists all over have developed their techniques, tips, and tricks on installing a lace frontal securely! Some steps can be interchangeable, and for some, some steps don't need to be used at all.
Installing the Lace Cap
1. Start with clean, freshly-washed hair.
You will be wearing the wefts and lace closure in your hair for some time, so make sure that your hair and scalp are clean and freshly-washed. It would be best to use some sort of clarifying shampoo. Be sure to use conditioner and to moisturize your hair afterward. Make sure that your hair is dry before moving on.
You can use your regular cornrowing hair products, or you can use something natural, such as shea butter and olive oil.
2. Cornrow your hair.
Part your hair where you want your final style to be parted. Cornrow your hair using your favorite technique, making sure that each braid comes out of that part. Keep your braids small, and make sure that you have a cornrow braid all along your hairline (especially the front). The braids need to be small to ensure that your foundation is flat. Having a flat foundation helps the overall look of the sew-in and closure, making it appear more natural.
If you have long braids at the end of your cornrows, pull them back along with your head and pin or sew them to the adjacent cornrows.
Great options for cornrow patterns to use include straight to the back cornrows or a beehive pattern, though you can use whatever style appeals to you.
3. Place a square of weaving hair net on top of your head.
This type of netting looks a little bit like tulle, except that it is much thicker. Try to match the color of the netting to your hair. Black will work for most people, but if you have lighter hair, dark brown may also work. You can find this in stores that sell supplies for braiding, weft, sew-ins, and wig making, such as beauty supply stores.
The square needs to be big enough to cover all your hair, from hairline-to-hairline. The exact dimensions of the square will depend on how big your head is.
A hair net is optional. You may want to use it if your hair is thin and you want to be able to sew in as many wefts as possible to create fullness.
4. Whipstitch the netting to your edge cornrow, starting from the back.
Thread a curved needle with thick, sturdy thread. Start sewing from the back center of your head and finish sewing at the front-center of your head. Pull the netting in front of your needle as you go. Keep your stitches small and consistent.
The edge cornrow is the cornrow along your hairline.
The whipstitch is where you pull the needle through the netting and out through the cornrow. Pull the needle back up and repeat the stitch.
Your thread should be the same color as your hair. Black or brown thread will work for most people.
5. Continue whipstitching the netting, pulling and pleating it as you go.
When you reach the top center of your head, take a moment to re-thread your curved needle. Gently tug the netting towards the edge cornrow and continue whipstitching it. Fold and pleat the netting every so often so that it is nice and smooth.
To make a pleat: pinch some netting between your thumb and index finger, then fold it against the rest of the netting. How much you pleat depends on how much extra netting you have.
6. Tie and cut the thread, then cut the excess netting off.
Once you get back to where you started, sew through the netting a few times, then knot and cut the thread. Trim the excess netting off, as close as possible to your edge cornrow and stitching.
If you happen to have any unwanted large gaps from cutting the excess thread, you can simply close the gap by sewing it.
Sewing in the Lace Top
1. Get a lace closure and position it over your part.
Depending on where your cornrowed part is, this could be on the top-center of your head, or just off to the side. Make sure that the straight edge is aligned with your front hairline, overlapping it by a little less than 1 centimeter (0.39 in). Your closure needs to be flat. There shouldn't be any space left between the closure and your natural hair.
2. Tack down the left side of the closure to the cornrow along your hairline.
Thread a curved needle with thick, sturdy thread. Push the needle down through the lace, netting, and cornrow. Pull the needle back out through the cornrow and netting, just below the edge of the lace closure. Repeat this stitch a few more times to anchor the closure.
Leave the needle threaded. Hook it through the netted cap so you don‘t lose it.
This is difficult to master if you are a beginner. Ask a friend or someone who has experience with closures to help you secure your closure to your cornrows.
3.Tack down the right side of the closure with a second needle.
Thread another curved needle with a more thick, sturdy thread. Pull the lace closure taut against your hairline, then tack down the right side.
4. Create a horizontal part just behind the front edge of the closure.
Slide the handle of a rat-tail comb through the hair on the closure, about 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 inch (0.32 to 0.64 cm) behind the front, straight edge. Comb the hair on the lace closure forward to reveal the lace netting.
5. Sew down the front of the lace closure.
Start sewing from the left side of the closure until you get to the part, then sew your way back to the side edge. Repeat this step for the right side as well. Do not sew across the part on the lace closure. You can do this with a straight stitch or backstitch.
Make sure that you are sewing through both the wig cap netting and the cornrow underneath it.
Keep both needles threaded. Hook the right needle through the netting for now.
6.Whipstitch your way along each side of the closure towards the back.
Start sewing on the left side of the lace closure and finish at the back-center. Repeat this step for the right side and finish sewing at the back, where you left off. Knot the threads together, then trim the excess off.
Make sure that you sew through the netting. If you come across a cornrow, sew through it too.
7. Clip the hair on the lace closure out of the way.
Gently twist the hair on the lace closure into a loose bun and secure it with a clip. If you are doing this on someone else, you could even drape it across their face. The goal is to get the hair out of the way for the next segment.
What Is The Benefit Of Sew In Closures?
It looks more natural and it feels more like your hair because its securely on your head for a longer period. What are the benefits of sew in hair closures?
. In some cases, it can be much less expensive than other types of weaves and wig installs since it is a long-term choice. You're able to experiment and style your hair weave in different ways, for example, straight one day, curly the next. Save your money on chemicals and perms and avoid damaging your hair. Sew-ins protect your hair because it gets much-needed rest to grow healthier. Protect your real hair from the elements while the hair extension absorbs daily wear and tear. It is less damaging to your hairline if you don't know how to apply and remove lace frontal adhesives. It looks more natural and it feels more like your hair because its securely on your head for a longer period.