Middle Part Closures: Facts You Should Know
Human hair extensions are a great invention as they help women play around with the volume and length of their hair at the snap of a finger. Nowadays, extensions hardly come without closures. The reason is that they are the surest way of ensuring that a woman gets to have the most natural look at the end of the day. They are also one of the popular black girls' hairstyles along with things such as braids and weaves, being able to put the focus on their beauty.
Traditional sew-ins called for women to have a full head sew-in or leave out sew-in. For a woman to have a natural look after the installation and for their weave to blend with their hair, they opted for the leave-out sew-in. Here, part of their natural hair would be left. With this method, the woman would part her hair and scalp would be so visible creating an illusion that she is wearing her real one.
A full head sew-in was also a suitable method. However, not so many stylists would manage to get that authentic and realistic look. It was so easy for people to tell that a woman has an extension installed. With the introduction of closures, extension manufacturers found a way around achieving a natural look without leaving out any hair.
What are closures?
They are hairpieces that are made using human strands that are attached to a base material by knotting.
The base material is either silk or lace depending on what you want. When the strands are attached to the base material, they always appear as though they are growing from your scalp. The reason is that the lace and silk materials always imitate your scalp. There are numerous types of closures, and they are categorized depending on their styles. There are those with three parts, those with a middle part, and those that do not have any. However, our focus today is the middle unit.
Why are they important?
Closures are essential because they give you a natural look that you desire. But other than that, they also have a purpose of protecting all of your natural hair. When you opt for a sew-in with closure, no hair is left out. Therefore, you will have a perfect opportunity to protect it from the natural elements that can cause damage. Other than, you will not have to use styling devices that weaken hair on your natural one. Typically, with leave-out sew-ins, a part of it was left out. One would either perm it or use heating devices to ensure that it blends with the extension seamlessly.
Middle Part Lace Closures
The middle sew hair is a lace closure that has a part right in the middle. For the middle to have a natural and realistic look that is more pronounced, more hair is added to it. The middle part appeals to a lot of women because it is the quickest ‘to go’ hairdo since time immemorial.
Comparison Between Middle Part And Others
Middle vs. the three-part
Typically, the two fall in the same category of closures named the pre-parted. However, what makes them different is the fact that the middle part has one hard part. On the other hand, the three parted lace closure has three hard parts.
The other difference is the ease of installation. The middle part lace frontal is easier to install and also to align the part with the center of your forehead. When you install it, there will not be a lot of things that you have to be cautious about through the process. But when installing a three-part lace closure, there is something you need to worry you. If at any chance, the three-part lace is not installed accurately and aligned properly, the whole look will be a mess, and it will be off. Therefore, there is little to no room for errors.
Another outstanding difference between the two is that the three-part lace closure is more flexible when styling than the middle part lace. With a middle part, you will have to stick with that look until you undo your hair. The only problem with the three-part lace closure is that you can never hide the hard parts whenever you want to hide them. Someone can always see the hard parts without trying so hard.
Middle Vs. Free
A free part lace closure has no hard parts like the pre-parted one. Typically, no woman has a natural hard part on her natural hair. Therefore, the free part is the perfect closure that mimics your natural one. It has a more natural look as compared to the middle part.
Since there are no hard parts, installation of this unit is more straightforward and does not put you under any pressure. Even if there is an error during installation, the lace closure will hide the mistake. It will not look off. This is the best thing about free parts.
Another difference between the free and the middle part lace closures is that the free part allows you to part your hair wherever you want. It is the most versatile units of all the three. However, once your stylist helps you to part the closure, keeping up with the part can be difficult. With a middle part, the part will never disappear.
Another difference between the two is that a middle part lace closure has the strands falling on the respective sides naturally. The strands will always remain aligned and flow that direction no matter what. However, the free part makes it hard to train the hair to fall in the direction you want. The reason is that the place where you part it keeps changing because you change your hairstyle more often.
The middle part differs from the three-part lace closure and the free part lace part in some significant and noticeable ways.
Which Of The Three Should You Get?
Each type of lace closure has unique features that make it stand out from the rest. All the features are excellent and convenient in one way or the other. However, how do you know the best choice for you?
For the woman that loves convenience and easy-to-maintain look, the middle part lace closure is a perfect choice. As long as the part is there, you do not have to worry about the constant need to change the style. Oher than that, it is also a common style that many people with natural hair rock. No one can tell that you are not one of them. Keeping up with the look is effortless.
The three-part lace closure is an excellent choice for the woman who wants a little more flexibility without having to struggle to part the hair. Three parts are more flexible than one part at the middle. You can part it on either side or the middle. You can also braid the sections created by the units. It is the best choice that offers flexibility at a little cost. The cost is hiding the parts when you need to do so.
The free part lace closure is perfect for the woman who loves total control when handling their hair. It is also for the woman that wants the ultimate natural look. With the free part, you will have better flexibility when styling your hair as compared to the other two types of lace closures. You can comfortably part it anywhere. There will not be any hard parts that are impossible to hide as well. However, the complete control comes at huge costs. The cost is keeping up with the parts that your stylist makes for you. the other cost is to train the hair to always flow in a certain direction.
Installing Your Middle Part
The following steps will guide you when installing your closure
Braid it: this helps to ensure you get the unit to lay flat to avoid any bumps.
Secure it: typically, you can use closure on a wig or weave. Whatever the case, you need to secure it. Ensure that you install it first before the rest of the hair. The reason is that it gives you more work area. To secure it on a wig, you can either sew it with a thread and needle, use straps or use adhesives such as glue. For a sew-in, you should also sew-in the closure.
Add the rest of the extension: take the rest of the extension and sew it onto your braided hair or the wig cap. Do it neatly and tightly.
Customize it: the closure comes with extra lace. Therefore, take a pair of scissors and cut the lace at the front. Leave half an inch. Apply some concealer or foundation on the lace. Use concealer or foundation that is the same color as your skin. If you are not a fun of using makeup to blend the look, you can bleach the knots before installing the lace closure.
The Recommended Length
There is an unwritten rule concerning lace closures. When picking the length, it should not be longer than the rest of your hair. Even so, this rule can change depending on the look that you want. Remember, the rule is unwritten.