CLOSURES/Lace vs Silk

Marcella Ellis

I received an email last week in regards to lace and silk closures. This is just a quick post that could possibly help others in their search for the right procedure. What is a closure? A closure is the top piece used to close the top of a full weave. This top piece sold at Beauty Supply Stores is most commonly made of mesh with wefts of tracks sewn round and round in a circular pattern to create a seamless effect. A skilled stylist can also create this same effect using weft hair, however, the most professional look is to simply purchase this top piece. There is also an invisible part closure sold in most Beauty Supply Stores that is new on the market. This closure is simply a closure made of wefts and mesh with a part that allows the hair to show the scalp parting. Closures can come in many forms, lace and silk closures seem to be gaining popularity on the market right now.

Lace vs silk is all about personal preference. Some people do not prefer lace because the material is too thin some people don't like silk because it is too thick. This will definitely have to be a decision your stylists or whoever is installing your weave will make. No matter which one you choose the most important factor is that it is installed to look natural. So your stylist must tell you which closure she or he is capable of working with so that it can look as realistic as possible.

Silk Closures are made of a thicker fabric than lace. Some people prefer silk because the fabric will look as if the hair is growing from your scalp and the base is thick enough to hide the braids underneath. Silk Closures normally run light in color so you may have to tint the fabric to match your skin color or use a foundation that is the color of your skin in the parting area. Some silk closures give a thicker appearance around the hairline leaving a line of demarcation.

Lace Closures are thinner and give a flatter and seamless attachment, especially when glued around the perimeter of the hairline to blend in with your skin. It can also be sewn down without glue by a skilled professional. Some people believe that you can see the braids underneath the lace when looking directly at the unit so wearing a flesh-colored stocking cap is recommended. 

Another concern when purchasing a lace closure is the knots being too dark. If the knots are too dark at the root of the base then the unit will not look as realistic. Bleaching the knots is recommended to give a more realistic look, the objective is for the hair to appear as if it is growing from your scalp.

Beauty Supply Store Mesh Closure

Beauty Supply Store Invisible Part Closure 

Lace Closure


Silk Closure


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