What is a Lace Closure?
A lace closure is a small patch of lace with vented hair. It is typically worn alongside sewn-in wefts or tracks to mimic the look of real hair. In order to install a lace closure, you need to have your hair cornrowed, then covered with a weaving hair net. Once you install the closure, you can sew in your wefts or tracks as usual. The style can last up to 8 weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows.
How sew in a Lace Closure?
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 afterwards. 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. Braid 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 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, wefting, 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. Stitch the netting to your edge braid,
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 braid.
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 braid and continue stitching 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 braid 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.