Guide for Sew-in with Lace Frontal Closure
itMany women have become more aware of the benefits of finishing their sew-in extensions with closures and frontals. They have understood that for anyone to have that smooth and natural look after everything, closures and frontals are crucial. However, from a standpoint, frontals are better as compared to closures. The frontals cover the whole front part of the head. They give you an excellent hairline that is more natural and gorgeous.
Hair frontals are exciting to work with they give you an excellent and versatile look. There are a lot of women however that wonder how to go about putting a lace frontal closure and the processes that one should follow. Many women are learning how to install their weaves, and now they want to know how to install frontals like a pro. You don't have to buy a wig; with these best tips, you can achieve that unique, special beauty you so much desire.
In this article, we will cover how to sew in your lace frontal closure effortlessly and get your hair done like a pro. The steps are straightforward and very convenient.
Sewing in your lace frontal
Typically, when working with frontals, you must always start by installing the lace frontal before sewing in the rest of the hair extension on the other parts. The following guide will help you get the work done.
Before you start, you need to have everything you will need together and place them at an arm’s length. Get your needle and thread together as well as your lace frontal closure. If your hair has dye or is bleached, you can use a thread that is of the same color as itself. A thread of the same color blends better, but it is not a must. If you cannot find the same color, you can use a black tread.
Braid your natural hair down
The first step to installing your frontal by sewing it in is to braid your hair down. You should braid the entire head because the sew-in calls for it. Braiding it down helps you to have excellent tracks for threading.
Part the hair in smaller sections vertically using a comb from the front of the head to the back. Make a cornrow and repeat the same process until you cover the whole head with cornrows. After that, sew down the ends of the cornrows. This is the parts that are left hanging down. Flip them and sew them to secure them and keep them out of the way.
Braid the closure
Braiding down the hair on the closure is a trick that not so many people know about. We share this trick with you because it makes it easy to work with the lace frontal. Part the hair at the middle or side. Create two cornrows each running on the opposite side horizontally. Start from the braid closer to the part and let it run towards the ear on each side.
Take the braided closure and position it over your hairline. Locate the hairline excellently so that you can have an excellent blend. If you prefer the edges of your frontal laying slightly below your hairline, it is also acceptable. To align it with your hairline, hold both ends of the braided frontal horizontally over your hairline. Once you are convinced of the position, hold its ends with a clip at the back of your head. Doing this secures the frontal in place and gives you an easy time sewing it in.
Note: if the lace frontal is not long enough, you do not have to hold the ends together at the back of the head. Use a pin to secure each end of the braid wherever they reach on the sides of the head. Also, if you are working with a curly hair, you may skip braiding the frontal if you are not a pro because you may damage the curls.
Sew it in
Since you have positioned the closure, the next step is to sew it down. To begin the process, start by sewing the sides down. Start with one side then proceed. Take the edge of the frontal and sew it down behind the ear and make sure that you are attaching it to the cornrow. Take your needle with a thread on it. Tie the end of the thread so that it does not run through and fail to secure the lace frontal. Stitch through the lace and under the cornrow using the needle and pull the thread.
The stitches should run vertically; heading towards the back. Repeat the same until you cover the whole length of the lace frontal’s edge. Tie the end of the thread and cut it. Pull the frontal gently towards the other side so that you can have an excellent and firm appearance at the front. The pull also helps the frontal to lie flat on the hairline correctly. Stitch down its edge behind the ear like you did the first side.
After the sides are done, you can now proceed and stitch down the back of the frontal. Locate the part, at the top of your head where it ends. Sew in the lace the same way you did the sides. The only difference is that the stitched will be running horizontally this time. The stitches should be from ear to ear. Make the stitches tighter so that it can hold firmly to the cornrows.
Sew in the extension on the other parts
After sewing in the lace frontal closure, unpin the ends of its braids if you went along with braiding and pinning the ends. Take your extensions and sew in the hair wefts. Sew them along the tracks starting from the back and coming to the front. Sew the wefts to and fro the sides as you make your way to the top. End the sew-in where you meet the lace frontal. Cut your thread and tie it down securely.
Finishing the look
Once you are done, you can now start customizing the sew-in. First and foremost, cut out the excess lace at the front. To do this excellently, ensure that your hand is very steady. Let your cut be fluid so that you do not end up with rugged edges. You can cut out the edges in smaller parts until you get a perfect finish. Cutting it in bits helps to ensure that you can correct any mistakes as you cut the lace. Also, leave about an inch of the lace.
After cutting the edges of the lace, take your adhesive product whether glue or otherwise and secure the borders. Apply the adhesive on your skin and along the hairline after flipping the edges. After you have applied the adhesive, let down the lace and align it to form your perfect hairline.
Proceed to create some baby hair if you wish to have them. Undo the braid on the lace frontal closure. Part a very thin section across it and trim the strands on the front. Use some edge control to secure the baby hair in place. You can use a toothbrush to brush and style it. Proceed to comb or brush the extension and style as desired.
The advantage of sewing in with a closure
The outstanding benefit of sew-in installation is the security it offers you. Safety when styling your hair and for day to day use is important because it boosts your confidence. You will not constantly worry that the hair will move or fall off.
Another benefit of sew-ins is that they are a cheaper method. When compared to other types of installations of extensions, a sew-in method is better.
Also, your hair will be excellently protected. It remains braided down leaving no opportunity for harm to come to it. Natural elements will not harm your hair and neither will other styling methods and products.
With sew-ins and use of lace frontals, you will get the most natural look in the end. The lace looks like the scalp, and the hair will appear as though it is growing out of your scalp.
Bundles needed when you use closures
With lace closures
Typically, the number of bundles needed tends to increase with the length of the hair. The longer it is, the more the number of bundles. A length of between eight and fourteen inches will need two bundles. The length between sixteen and twenty-two, you will need three bundles while twenty-four inches will need four bundles.
With lace frontal closures
These cover a larger space as compared to closures. They cover from ear to ear. Therefore, the bundles you will need will be lesser as compared to closures. Even so, the number increases with the length.
However, for inches between ten and eighteen, two bundles can suffice. Anything above that and up to twenty-four inches, three bundles can suffice.
Using lace frontal closures in a sew-in is trendy, and you have to be a part of the trend. You will look better, more realistic, and natural with them. Human hair needs a lot of care but can also provide a lot in return.